Exploring the Framework for a Balanced Development Model:

Throughout the history of civilization humankind has gone through various stages of development. We have evolved from the very simple lifestyle of the early civilizations to the very complex modern way of life. What we are experiencing today is very different than how we lived a century or even a decade ago. Worldwide, the process of development is constantly going through expansion as we utilize our resources and in that process our social, economic and ecological balance is being impacted upon in ever-increasing intensity. The solutions and practices of the former era in terms of social and economic development are quickly becoming obsolete and the need for new balanced development model is emerging in response to the constant decaying of the old order.


Defining the framework for a balanced development model is work in progress. Future generations, assuredly, will further define the framework as they face challenges in terms of achieving social, economic and ecological balance. In this process, it is important to understand the historical dimension of development and the needs of civilizations as they evolved. It is also critical to understand the changes that our communities worldwide are going through. We are experiencing unprecedented and intense development activities worldwide. The development plans and trends are having tremendous impact on our social, economic and ecological balance as the supply and demand economic model falls short of addressing our need for a balanced development process. Here, the real cost of goods and services in terms of the ecological effects as well as the social impact, require in-depth analysis of specific projects and programs in various parts of the world and in different industries. 

Center for Balanced Development, for the past 20 years, has been conducting research to explore a conceptual framework for a balanced development model. In a series of articles, we have examined the historical perspective and current practices in development trends as well as defining the characteristics of a balanced development model and the implications of such a model for the global community and future generations. The articles also discuss the balance between social, economic and ecological dimensions of the development process and offer ideas on how individuals, communities and institutions of society can contribute to building a balanced development model.

The articles initially were published in a weekly column in China Business News and were later published on various websites in English, Chinese and Farsi. Click here to read the articles.


Innovative Initiatives:

We are constantly researching to identify innovative initiatives worldwide that address social, economic and ecological balance through personal development, community building, institutional maturity, artistic work, scientific discovery, service projects, healthcare, environmental programs and protection of natural resources. These initiatives are the guiding light for a brighter future and lead us on the path to higher levels of unity, prosperity and health.

The following links are examples of some of these innovative initiatives:
350.org   ASHOKA innovators for the public   Gates Foundation   Village Forward   Urban Farming   
One Laptop per Child   Grameen Foundation   CARFREE City   Sustainable Cities 
MASDAR City   Alta Bicycle Share   Public Transportation   Spacewell Housing Development
Container Homes   One Acre Fund   The Relationship Economy   Nutrition & Health
Public Broadcasting Service   Social Enterprise   Clinton Global Initiative   The Carter Center  

Grameen Foundation


Future Civilizations:

Throughout history humankind has been defining the path of development by focusing on the vision of an ever-advancing civilization. In the same spirit, The balanced development concept is a visionary approach to improve the quality of life and taking things to the next level. We envision a bright future where the social, economic & ecological balance will become the essential components of development plans and activities. Here, we share with you some visionary concepts that could define the future and inspire action to build a peaceful, prosperous and healthy world.

Davinci Institute   Future Communities   Future Energy   Transit Future

Future Technology   Schools of the Future


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