Understanding the Global Economy

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 How do we encourage the responsible exercise of the rights and the duties of property ownership, which, at best, must be stewardship?

2. How are we channeling the benefits of natural resources and other kinds of property so that more people enjoy them?

  • Does our project make good use of assets that would otherwise lie idle?
  • Does it complement public sector efforts to overcome poverty?
  • Does it redirect property, rent from property and savings to socially responsible use?

The wheel of social change

St. Thomas University Just Peace Engaged Learning Praxis3. What are we doing to move beyond the commercial society, which has its’ basis on contractual relationships between mutually indifferent buyers and sellers toward a truly human society whose norms function to take care of every one?

  • Does our project democratize the control of resources?
  • Does it bring in and include people for whom the cultural structures have left out and excluded?
  • Does it strengthen the social norms of solidarity and mutual respect and aid?
  • Do we create a net gain in good (meaningful, valuable) living wage jobs, which occurs without taking jobs away from some to employ others?
4. How are we using our freedom to encourage other people to use their freedom, to discern the right action, to make the right choices and honor our values and commitments?
  • Does our project weaken norms, which allow exploitation and do we then supplant the exposed norms with sustainable norms of equality and justice?
  • How much volunteer effort does our project call and bring forth?
  • Are people learning the social skills of efficient cooperation, stewardship, democratic participation, and responsible follow-through?

5.     How do people gain the power to participate in the creation of culture?

  • Does our project strengthen existing organizations that serve and empower the working class, the unemployed and the marginalized?
  • Does it support and cooperate with organized labor?
  • Do women and gender minorities share equally in power and leadership?

Note: Even though this is just a part of the set of criteria for evaluating a project,
it does show the need for a paradigm shift.

More in depth and detail:

Howard Richards, The Evaluation of Cultural Action. London: Macmillan, 1985

Howard Richards, "The Nehru Lecture, Evaluation for Constructive Development."


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