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Principled Societies Project

Empowering Individuals, Organizations, and Communities to Solve Problems That Matter

Socio prospectus Program

Socio prospectus is the primary program of Principled Societies Project. Its aim is to innovate any and all aspects of social choice systems that are avaialble for innovation. As illustrated in Figure 1 on the homepage, social choice systems are those components of the group problem-solving process that are amenable to human design.

The relative fitness of a social choice system is a measure of its problem solving capacity and the degree of collective wellbeing that problem-solving activity produces. The challenge is to continually improve social choice systems so that fitness increases, problems that matter are solved or successfully addressed, and collective wellbeing rises.

Socio prospectus conducts R&D, tests, promotes, implements, services, monitors, and reports on new and/or improved social choice system components and integrated open-source platforms. Our other program, the LEDDA framework, is a prototype of a particular local economic system, which could become a Socio prospectus platform.

Focus Areas

Focus areas for Socio prospectus include:

  • Computational models, including models for scenario planning and for forecasting small-area (e.g., zip code level) resource, socioeconomic, public health, and wellbeing status
  • Information systems and applications, including survey and data repository design
  • Communication, finance, supply chain, and decision-making applications related to the group problem-solving process
  • Local digital currency systems that communities can implement as components of the problem-solving process
  • Education programs related to social choice system function
  • Theoretical models and worldviews upon which social choice systems are based

To give a bit better idea about the core needs that drive group decision making (the center of Figure 1), and the span of information topics (item A of Figure 1) that can be involved, Figure 2 provides some examples.

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Figure 2. Examples of core needs and information topics

Groups in Figure 1 include organizations, communities, and societies. Individuals too, solve problems by a similar process. We focus on the community level, and our potential clients include individuals, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Potential clients especially include local-area volunteer "civic clubs" organized to test and implement new social choice system platforms.

Development Plan

If full funding is secured, development will occur in three phases, each about 2-3 years. At lower levels of funding, phases might last longer and models and applications might be constructed sequentially, rather than in parallel.

Phase I develops computational models to forecast small-area socioeconomic, population/demographic, public health, and wellbeing status based on small-area factors. For example, one model will forecast small-area cancer burden based on small-area socioeconomic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors.

At the start of Phase II, we begin to offer products and services based on these models to clients. Revenues provide the bulk of funding for Phase II and III development.

Phases II and III improve and expand the models and develop new applications and tools. By the end of Phase III, an initial integrated social-choice-system platform is completed. Scientific field testing of platforms in communities begins after Phase III. Platforms function in parallel with existing social choice systems, and trials are held by volunteer civic clubs organized for that purpose.

Slide Deck

Below is a grant and social investor slide deck. If you are an interested foundation or social investor, please send us a note via the contact page. For background information, and to better understand the transformative social and environmental impact that Socio prospectus could produce, read "Solving Problems That Matter Could Be the Next Big Thing" and "An Economy of Meaning, Or Bust."

Note that the slide deck addresses the full Socio prospectus development program, Phases I through III. Individual components of the program can be funded separately, and proposals can be tailored to a funder's mission and interests. For example, the computational model to forecast small-area cancer burden can be funded separately.

Grant and Social investment slide deck for Socio prospectus

This document is a grant and social investment slide deck for Socio prospectus.


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