A crash course in changing the world.
Let's face it, "Money Makes the World Go 'Round". This is true in almost all aspects of life and is part of what makes us human. I suspect I will have some disagreement over what apears to be greed linked with an altruistic human persona. It may seem cold-hearted to think of the "what's in it for me?" approach, but this is in fact human nature. If something is beneficial to you, especially in the short term, you are more likely to do it (or repeat it). This is not just pertaining to money but to our very survival mechanism when tied to a basic need. Starving people would do most anything for food, somethings we may even find repulsive, just as we would do anything to protect our offspring. Money is simply a marker of time, how much time you have traded for the cash. It has different values to differing people, generally speaking the less you have the more valuable it is. Economics drives people if not so apparent at the local level, definately globally.
If a project can be made that is economically sustainible abroad and locally it is likely to not only continue, but lead to other social/economical development in the same area. If someone were to find a way to make cheaper housing affordable near desirable ammenities not only would they thrive but would find themselves in competition soon there after. Competition leads to further innovation as people become more aware of peripheral opportunites to achieve value-added products or services.
I think that any project with a decent return on investment for BOTH the producer and the consumer will excel. I hope to brainstorm with various people in other countries about local communities and what can be done to improve the quality of life, while making it economically sustainable and encourage economic growth.
Having said that, economic growth is not the end-all-be-all for improving quality of life. Social programs and education are key to affecting great change, but are unfortunately viewed as money sinks. A learning environment that is generating a marketable good or service while teaching would be an interesting idea. In times past hundreds of years ago, people were taught a trade of a functioning business, there wasn't as much practice involved.
Apparently, I've started to ramble a bit. So let me some up with the key point that I've gleaned. A project with a decent return on investment for BOTH the producer and the consumer will excel and have unsolicited support.