EMPLOYMENT & INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Brandt Commission Report

Based on its observations and experience in India, the Society conducted original research on the process of development at the international level. When the International Commission for International Development Issues, otherwise known as the Brandt Commission, was established in 1978 under the Chairmanship of the German Nobel Laureate, Willy Brandt, the Society prepared a set of recommendations to facilitate international cooperation and presented two reports to Dr. Dragoslav Avramovic, Director of the Secretariat of the Commission in Geneva.

Western Social Problems

In 1983, the Society initiated a research project on an Indian Perspective of Western Social Problems. A new theoretical framework has been evolved for examining the developmental problems of Western societies based on Sri Aurobindo's view of the evolution of consciousness and traditional Indian concepts of the individual and society. This framework was applied to examine the development of the United States and identify the evolutionary factors responsible for contemporary American social problems such as violence, drug abuse, environmental pollution, breakdown of the family, loneliness, boredom and isolation. A paper entitled "Contemporary American Social Problems" was presented by the Society at the XI Quinquennial Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences held at Vancouver, Canada in August 1983. The Commission on Development of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, constituted a Subcommission on Western Social Problems, with a member of the Society as Convenor.

Employment in the Middle East

In 1995 ICPF collaborated with the Noor al Hussein Foundation in Jordan to organize an international symposium on employment strategies in the countries of the Middle East. MSS sent a delegation to research issues in the region and co-chaired the conference.

Development Potentials for Okinawa, Japan

In June 1997 the Society began a study of development strategies for the island community of Okinawa, Japan. Two society researchers participated in a joint mission to Okinawa to gather information and present recommendations to officials of the prefecture and municipal governments and to leading public individuals on the island. The society's recommendations focused on the potentials for generating employment in multimedia computer-based software and in high tech agriculture.

World Youth Summit on Employment

At the request of the American organizers of the World Youth Summit, which is to be convened in 2002, the Society prepared a background discussion paper on strategies to generate sufficient jobs for the world's youth which is being circulated to 10,000 organizations and individuals around the world for review and commentary. The responses to this paper will be used by the summit secretariat to prepare the documentation for the summit.

Employment in a Global Society

In 2005 the Society conducted research on the potential for generating full employment in the emerging global economy and co-chaired a session at the General Assembly of the World Academy of Art & Science in Zagreb, Croatia on this subject. The study concluded that the rate of employment growth has exceeded the rate of population growth over the last decade. Demographic trends indicate an increasing shortage of labor in industrialized countries and a worldwide shortage of skilled workers over the decade few decades. While technological development and globalization do result in elimination of some jobs, overall their impact is to create far more jobs than they destroy. The quadrupling of employment in the USA over the past 100 years, the world's most open and technologically advanced economy supports this view.

Global Employment Strategies

In 1991 MSS conducted research in collaboration with the International Commission on Peace & Food and prepared a chapter on Full Employment for ICPF's report Uncommon Opportunities.

In 2005 the Society conducted research on the potential for generating full employment in the emerging global economy and co-chaired a session at the General Assembly of the World Academy of Art & Science in Zagreb, Croatia on this subject. The study concluded that the rate of employment growth has exceeded the rate of population growth over the last decade. Demographic trends indicate an increasing shortage of labor in industrialized countries and a worldwide shortage of skilled workers over the decade few decades. While technological development and globalization do result in elimination of some jobs, overall their impact is to create far more jobs than they destroy. The quadrupling of employment in the USA over the past 100 years, the world's most open and technologically advanced economy supports this view.

Employment in Europe

In 1997 MSS prepared a strategy for eliminating the high level of unemployment in Germany. In 2007 MSS participated in a workshop conducted by the South East Asian Division of the World Academy of Art & Science in Zagreb, Croatia on strategies to promote employment generation in SEE countries. Subsequently MSS prepared a paper on employment strategies for Europe.

International Food Security

After the onset of the Tsunami in December 2004 which left millions of people homeless and without access to food, the Society undertook a study to promote international food security by establishment of an International Food Corporation to play a role similar to that which Food Corporation of India played in eliminating famine in India.

Rising Expectations, Social Unrest & Development

The Society completed a research project on the role of economic development as a means for prevention and resolution of conflicts.

Development & Environment—Myths & Realities

The relationship between economic development and environmental problems is extremely complex. In 2008, MSS undertook a study of historical trends to determine the likely impact of environmental constraints on the future of global development. MSS organized and chaired a session on this topic at the General Assembly of the World Academy of Art & Science in Hyderabad in October 2008.

Internet-Based Employment Generation

In 2007-8 the Society launched a pilot initiative to generated internet-based self-employment opportunities. MSS researches identified hundreds of self-employment opportunities for publication on www.seekluck.com. More than 50,000 Indian youth have registered with the site in order to benefit from this research project. In addition the Society sponsored several new websites by internet-based entrepreneurs including www.moneyweavers.com, www.abolishdiabetes.com and www.geniuschildren.org. More than 100 articles were published in New Indian Express.

Future Education Conference

A one-day conference on Future Education in India was organized at Anandha Inn, Pondicherry on January 28, 2018 to consider the changes needed in our schools and to examine successful strategies that are already being applied by schools in India and overseas. 

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