A Civil Manifesto for Social Policy and Sustainable Prosperity

This poetry was written at 4am and then sent to politicians in Canberra, Australia.

I would like to see a renewable future that is based on fairness, equality, responsibility and with a strong awareness of the next generation. We have to change GDP to reflect ecological costs as the real value of productivity.  If the equation is changed I am sure we are in a deficit globally.  We have to have the courage to change the way we work, think, treat each other and how we interact with the planet.  The real world reflects harmony and active democracy.  Every person is a leader perhaps when we all take responsibility and speak up we can start to see and re-think to feel to re-form the way we do things and who we are.

Social policy settings are added.


A Civil Manifesto


A Civil Manifesto is dedicated to all those

who seek a society worthy of all the peoples,

Who in sobriety seek a new road leading to sustainable prosperity,

For all the children of the world,

No matter their colour or status.


A Civil Manifesto shines on the Shrine of Remembrance,

For the military industrial complex values objects of war over resolution of conflict,

Hanging plagues of sacrifice over returned soldiers in good health,

Lest we forget that war is never just to the victims or combatants.


Policy:  Non-politicisation of the military or use of the military in areas unrelated to the defence of nations true national interests.

 * law of attraction is about focusing on what we want, so we would need to focus on peace building rather than defence. 


A Civil Manifesto values productive work that is satisfying and offered in equality,

Equal opportunity is valued for all society no matter gender, creed or culture,

For payment is fair compensation for time, effort and the opportunity cost of a hard working life,

Time in lieu that balances work, family and leisure to live life with pleasure,

Fixed hours conducive to wellbeing, financial security and full participation,

For contracts contract conditions and the marginal propensity to consume,

As the multiplier effect deflates utility and real wealth,

Housing prices become the negative gear,

That sends us in reverse,

As there is no building in sites,

For unions dis-organise as management cannot retrain or retain contractors in industrial anarchy,

The strategy of pauperising the working poor,

Fuels road rage and civil disobedience,

Inflates the cost of living,

Fast breeds social exclusion and tensions,

For the choice is to sign on the bottom line or stand at the end of the unemployment queue,

Waiting for rights and justice to return

in another depression.


Policy:  To encourage non-discrimination in employment. 

Policy:  To encourage social inclusion and equality.

Policy:  To encourage work/life balance

Policy:  To encourage fair wages and ensure the lowest paid workers are above the poverty line

Policy:  To encourage permanent and secure employment and/or secure long term contracts


A Civil Manifesto facilitates open education as an investment in intellectual propriety,

For the greatest asset adds value in realised talent not inventory, stocks or bonded labour,

For a society that values true equality provides equal access without up front fees or genetic inheritance as barriers to entry.


Policy:  To advocate for affordable and accessible education

Policy:  To inspire an intelligent nation investing in intellectual property and innovation

Policy:  To encourage equality and equity, as the Australian ethos of a fair go, in the provision of public goods


A Civil Manifesto recognises the treasury of real democracy as a right inherent and not earned,

For active democracy is representative of the people by the people,

It is not succession of a master class or privileged elite,

It is enshrined in freedoms of liberty, fraternity, equality and just laws,

Constitutional civil, political, economic and cultural rights signal an advanced society,

That monitors human rights watch with trade,

For everyone has the right to be human.


Policy: To encourage democracy as a lived experience across society

Policy: To encourage community participation in democracy through forums

Policy: To encourage the passing of just laws

Policy: To support an Australian Bill of Rights

Policy: To encourage education in values, harmony, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence

Policy: To encourage the recoupling of human rights with trade


A Civil Manifesto adheres to just rules of law and alternative dispute resolution for natural justice,

For punishment is regressive and circular,

Many can learn from mistakes when awoken,

Restorative justice faces crime with consequences,

That seeks illumination rather than condemnation,

For it is easy to blame and harder to rectify the societal problems in truth.


Policy:  To encourage alternative dispute resolution and problem solving

Policy:  To encourage restorative justice


A Civil Manifesto aims to restore the balanced ecological footprint within natural limits,

For humans are divorced from their true nature,

To live beyond means is to live on credit,

Yet there is no excess capacity in a closed system,

For to consume without replacement as growth,

Relies on flawed infinite economic modelling,

Choosing current stakeholders over stewards of future generations,

Thus the inheritance is raided before its due date,

Divestment of a generation with no credit rating,

Is not renew-able when fossils fuel old fashioned thinking as clean and green.


Policy: To raise awareness and encourage the living of sustainable prosperity

Policy: To explore the real wealth of Gross National Happiness as a renewable indicator of success

Policy: To raise awareness of accepting ‘thinking differently’ as a way forward for new solutions


A Civil Manifesto promotes Corporate Social Responsibility as progressive survival of economy,

For internalising externalities yields greater growth in innovation and efficiencies in trusts,

As citizens realise the consumer is voting rights,

Citizens demand yields on sustainable options,

And arbitrage is gambling out-laws,

Bonds return secure investments for the future,

As ethical investments are naturally selected by renew-able forces of demand and supply.


Policy:  To reward genuine Corporate Social Responsibility as role models

Policy:  To encourage incentives for investment in a sustainable prosperity

Policy:  To encourage incentives for investment in the long term sustainability

Policy:  To encourage and provide incentives for organisations to integrate ethical practices


A Civil Manifesto inspires leadership that serves truth over righteous ideologies,

Politics as collaborative community based forums,

Businesses as employee/employer cooperatives,

Sustainability as deep ecology (E) factored into the real costs of extraction, manufacture and consumption for GDP=G+I+C+(X-M) +(EValue-ECost) becomes real wealth that factors in a future,

The media as fair, accurate with social conscience,

As people enjoy the true bounty of inner security,

Valuing happiness and freedom over

unfounded fears and negative spin as control.


Policy:  To encourage media that is fair, accurate with social conscience and in the best interests of society

Policy:  To explore how sustainable prosperity can be measured as an inflator of Gross Domestic Product

Policy:  To inspire and encouraging real happiness in society as the real wealth of the nation


For all this is achievable when wisdom and common sense informs the political will of us all,

For each is responsible for the world we create,

For our purpose on earth is to live peacefully

as nature intended.

Policy:  To encourage a Culture of Peace.



Opportunity Cost:  the loss of other alternatives when one alternative is chosen.

The multiplier effect: Every time there is an injection of new demand into the circular flow there is likely to be a multiplier effect. This is because an injection of extra income leads to more spending, which creates more income, and so on. The multiplier effect refers to the increase in final income arising from any new injection of spending.

Economic, social and cultural rights include the rights to adequate food, to adequate housing, to education, to health, to social security, to take part in cultural life, to water and sanitation, and to work. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/ESCR/Pages/ESCRIndex.aspx

Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, and private individuals. They ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil and political life of the society and state without discrimination or repression.

In English law, natural justice is technical terminology for the rule against bias (nemo iudex in causa sua) and the right to a fair hearing (audi alteram partem). While the term natural justice is often retained as a general concept, it has largely been replaced and extended by the general “duty to act fairly”.

Restorative justice is an approach to justice that personalizes the crime by having the victims and the offenders mediate a restitution agreement to the satisfaction of each, as well as involving the community.

Infinite growth: The key issue is that exponential growth will eventually take you to …. and growthdependent economic models are irrefutably self-limiting. …. In a world with finite resources, what doesinfinite economic growth even signify?

credit rating is an evaluation of the credit risk of a prospective debtor (an individual, a business, company or a government), predicting their ability to pay back the debt, and an implicit forecast of the likelihood of the debtor defaulting.

Sustainable Options (SO) provides energy and cost saving solutions through sustainability programs, program management and green building rating system …

Demand and supply:  Demand refers to how much (quantity) of a product or service is desired by buyers. The quantity demanded is the amount of a product people are willing to buy at a certain price; the relationship between price and quantity demanded is known as the demandrelationship. Supply represents how much the market can offer.

Deep ecology: An environmental movement and philosophy which regards human life as just one of many equal components of a global ecosystem.

Real wealth has intrinsic value, as contrasted to exchange value. Life, not money, is the measure ofreal-wealth value. Examples include land, labor, knowledge, …

Corporate social responsibility, often abbreviated “CSR,” is a corporation’sinitiatives to assess and take responsibility for the company’s effects on environmental and social wellbeing.

Renewable energy is energy that is collected fromrenewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a measurement of the collective happiness in a nation.

Gross Dlmestic Product (GDP):  the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year.

Ethical investment is also known as sustainable investment and socially responsible investment (SRI). The term describes an investment process that incorporates environmental and social factors when selecting investments, in addition to the objective of achieving a competitive financial return.

 In economics, the marginal propensity to consume(MPC) is a metric that quantifies induced consumption, the concept that the increase in personal consumer spending (consumption) occurs with an increase in disposable income (income after taxes and transfers).

Industrial-Military Complex: military–industrial complex (MIC) is an informal alliance between a nation’s military and the arms industry which supplies it

culture of peace is an integral approach to preventing violence and violent conflicts, and an alternative to the culture of war and violence based on education for peace, the promotion of sustainable economic and social development, respect for human rights, equality between women and men, democratic participation, …

Mohandas Gandhi

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”