This section of the wiki will be used for discussing the 49 Critical Problems. Everyone in the class has been assigned their own 4 Critcal Problems. When we have those assignments WE WILL POST THESE ASSIGNMENTS HERE IN CASE YOU LOSE YOUR HOMEWORK. FIND THE Critical Problems THAT WERE ASSIGNED TO YOU UNDER THE DISCUSISON TAB IN THIS SECTION. Use the Discussion page (the Discussion (2) tab shown above) to enter clarifications of the problems and ask questions of our peers regarding their comments.

You will learn how to add your clarifications during the first virtual class on Monday. If you have any questions please email or skype one of the course wiki management team:

Ken Bausch Ken@GlobalAgoras.org SKYPE: KenBausch

Tom Flanagan Tom@GlobalAgoras.org SKYPE: SoCoDesign

General Directions for entering your clarifications:

Everyone will "own" their own small set of these problems. Your understanding with be THE understanding that the group will work with, so you will need to do some Internet research reinforce the understanding that you choose to present (for some hints, see Chapter 6 A Democratic Approach to Sustainable Futures).

- Find the Critical Problems that were assigned to you (see below). Conduct YOUR RESEARCH and produce a concise one-paragraph summary to share with the class. Once you have prepared your summary, you are ready to post it for class review.

- Select and copy one of your CCPs (including its number) so you can paste it into a discussion thread. To get to the area of the wiki for discussions from within this 49 Critical Problems page, click on the Discussion (2) Tab shown at the top of this page view. To open a NEW POST in the discussion section, click the NEW POST button. Paste the # and CCP in the SUBJECT line. BEFORE YOU FINISH POSTING THE NEW CCP, add a one-paragraph COMMENT (clarification) of that individual CCP into the text box. Your COMMENT must contain a very brief statement of what your assigned problem "means" to you. Include add at least two (2) of the website addresses which you have "discovered" while researching the issue.

- VERY IMPORTANT. Click on the MONITOR box when you have added your COMMENT and BEFORE you close the dialogue box. This way, you will get an email when someone adds a question to your comment. By doing this, you will not have to open and re-read the discussion threads to be sure that you are responsive to questions that you will be asked.

- Repeat the posting process for all of your assigned critical problems.


Joel Bayliss
Arun Kumar Choudhary
Mark De Fransz
Erin Entrekin
Johanna Hazebroek
Melissa Heap
Andrew Leader
Jayel Mccormack
Abdulla Issa Mgongo
Badamtsetseg Namjilsuren
Benjamin Stirling
Chris Williams
Kelly Mackenzie

Continuous Critical Problems (CCPs)
· (CCP- 1) Explosive population growth with consequent escalation of social, economic, and other problems.
· (CCP- 2) Widespread poverty throughout the world.
· (CCP- 3) Increase in the production, destructive capacity, and accessibility of all weapons of war.
· (CCP- 4) Uncontrolled urban spread.
· (CCP- 5) Generalized and growing malnutrition.
· (CCP- 6) Persistence of widespread illiteracy.
· (CCP- 7) Expanding mechanization and bureaucratization of almost all human activity.
· (CCP- 8) Growing inequalities in the distribution of wealth throughout the world.
· (CCP- 9) Insufficient and irrationally organized medical care.
· (CCP-10) Hardening discrimination against minorities.
· (CCP-11) Hardening prejudices against differing cultures.
· (CCP-12) Affluence and its unknown consequences.
· (CCP-13) Anachronistic and irrelevant education.
· (CCP-14) Generalized environmental deterioration.
· (CCP-15) Generalized lack of agreed-on alternatives to present trends.
· (CCP-16) Widespread failure to stimulate man's creative capacity to confront the future.
· (CCP-17) Continuing deterioration of inner-cities or slums.
· (CCP-18) Growing irrelevance of traditional values and continuing failure to evolve new value systems.
· (CCP-19) Inadequate shelter and transportation.
· (CCP-20) Obsolete and discriminatory income distribution system(s).
· (CCP-21) Accelerating wastage and exhaustion of natural resources.
· (CCP-22) Growing environmental pollution.
· (CCP-23) Generalized alienation of youth.
· (CCP-24) Major disturbances of the world's physical ecology.
· (CCP-25) Generally inadequate and obsolete institutional arrangements.
· (CCP-26) Limited understanding of what is "feasible" in the way of corrective measures.
· (CCP-27) Unbalanced population distribution.
· (CCP-28) Ideological fragmentation and semantic barriers to communication between individuals, groups, and nations.
· (CCP-29) Increasing a-social and anti-social behavior and consequent rise in criminality.
· (CCP-30) Inadequate and obsolete law enforcement and correctional practices.
· (CCP-31) Widespread unemployment and generalized under-employment.
· (CCP-32) Spreading "discontent" throughout most classes of society.
· (CCP-33) Polarization of military power and psychological impacts of the policy of deterrence.
· (CCP-34) Fast obsolescing political structures and processes.
· (CCP-35) Irrational agricultural practices.
· (CCP-36) Irresponsible use of pesticides, chemical additives, insufficiently tested drugs, fertilizers, etc.
· (CCP-37) Growing use of distorted information to influence and manipulate people.
· (CCP-38) Fragmented international monetary system.
· (CCP-39) Growing technological gaps and lags between developed and developing areas.
· (CCP-40) New modes of localized warfare.
· (CCP-41) Inadequate participation of people at large in public decisions.
· (CCP-42) Unimaginative conceptions of world-order and of the rule of law.
· (CCP-43) Irrational distribution of industry supported by policies that will strengthen the current patterns.
· (CCP-44) Growing tendency to be satisfied with technological solutions for every kind of problem.
· (CCP-45) Obsolete system of world trade.
· (CCP-46) Ill-conceived use of international agencies for national or sectoral ends.
· (CCP-47) Insufficient authority of international agencies.
· (CCP-48) Irrational practices in resource investment.
· (CCP-49) Insufficient understanding of Continuous Critical Problems, of their nature, their interactions and of the future consequences both they and current solutions to them are generating.