DEVELOPMENT THEORY

Humanity has made phenomenal progress during the past two centuries, most especially during the past 50 years. The process of social development has thus far been subconscious, haphazard, inequitable, imbalanced and fought with turmoil and unanticipated side effects. In spite of vast experience, our knowledge of this process remains partial and fragmented among the different social sciences. Development of a comprehensive theory of social development should enable us to convert this process into a conscious movement which is more rapid, harmonious and equitable. For the past 35 years, MSS has been conducting research on the process of social development in an effort to develop the broad outlines and fundamental principles of a comprehensive theory applicable to all fields of human activity and all levels from the individual and organization to the national and global community. The documents on this site include theoretical statements of the process of development and discussion of 32 major principles and 1000 corollary observations as well as applications of the theory.

For an overview of MSS projects in this field, please see Development Theory Projects

 


Human Capital and Sustainability - PDF file
By Ivo Slaus and Garry Jacobs, Published in Sustainability Journal, Volume 3 Issue 1, 7 January 2011

Abstract: A study of sustainability needs to consider the role of all forms of capital—natural, biological, social, technological, financial, cultural—and the complex ways in which they interact. All forms of capital derive their value, utility and application from human mental awareness, creativity and social innovation. This makes human capital, including social capital, the central determinant of resource productivity and sustainability. Humanity has entered the Anthropocene Epoch in which human chang