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1 1 What is Prout? Dada Maheshvarananda

2 2 The world we want: No war, hunger, or poverty Human rights and democracy Environmental protection Peace and justice on earth!

3 3 Prout is the abbreviation for the Progressive Utilization Theory, a new socio-economic model based on: economic self-reliance cooperatives environmental balance and universal spiritual values.

4 4 Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (1921-1990) ‏ Indian philosopher Author of more than 400 books Composer Spiritual master Political prisoner from 1971-1978.

5 5 “Prout’s cooperative model… sharing the resources of the planet for the welfare of everyone, deserves our serious consideration.” – Dr. Noam Chomsky, MIT " Sarkar's theory is far superior to Adam Smith's or that of Marx… It is spiritually rather than materialistically inspired.“ – Johan Galtung, Founder UN Institute of Peace Studies “An important contribution to re-thinking the disastrous course of the current economic globalization.” – Hazel Henderson, economist

6 6 Prout is not a rigid mold to be imposed on any society. It is a holistic set of dynamic principles that can be applied appropriately by the citizens and leaders to help their region or country prosper and achieve self-reliance in an ecological way.

7 7 Complete Model 1. The Economics of Prout 2. The Social Message of Prout 3. The Ecological and Spiritual Message of Prout 4. Some Prout Projects in Venezuela 5. Prout's Message for Venezuela and for you

8 8 Economic Inequality: Does it matter?

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10 10 THE END OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM? It is based on profit, selfishness and greed. The tragic result is that half of world population lives, suffers and dies in poverty.

11 11 A Logical Solution The world’s physical resources are limited. If individuals accumulate too much, there will not be enough for everyone. Every country should decide maximum salaries, wealth and land ownership. Maximum utilization and rational distribution of all the resources of the planet for the welfare of everyone.

12 12 The first priority of Prout is to guarantee the five minimum necessities of life to all: food clothing housing education medical care THE RIGHT TO LIVE!

13 13 Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs Physiological needs Safety Sense of belonging, love Esteem Self-actualization 1908-1970

14 14 An honest job with fair wages is also a human right. The minimum wage must be high enough so that people can buy their necessities.

15 15 Small Scale Private Enterprise encourage creativity individuals, families and small partnerships produce only non-essential goods and services

16 16 Cooperatives give local people control over their economic destiny called “economic democracy” workers own their enterprises Industry, trade, agriculture, banking run by producer and consumer cooperatives largest part of a Prout economy

17 17 Cooperatives need: Honest leadership Good business plan Strict accounting Community support Government should provide: More training Accounting Regular inspections Cooperatives

18 18 Strategic Key Industries too large or complex for co-ops managed as public utilities by immediate government belong to society and should never be privatized

19 19 Investigar Energía Alternativa EOLICA SOLAR La economía de Prout

20 20 Economic Democracy and Self-Reliance A dynamic economy of the people, by the people, and for the people. Each region, state, and community self-reliant in food. Sustainable farming and agricultural cooperatives Full employment for local people No exploitation by outsiders or corporations.

21 21 Lack of Ethics American Psychiatric Association reports the most common factor among criminals is the tendency to lie. Lying is also done by some politicians, lawyers, corporation directors, accountants, advertisers… Throughout history, ruling classes have created moral rules and laws to maintain power.

22 22 Cardinal Human Values honesty, courage, mercy, humility, self-restraint, compassion. protect the weak, avoid harming others, overcome selfishness.

23 23 Ideal Leadership The world needs leaders with moral force, spiritual vision and courage to fight injustice and exploitation. Anyone can become an ideal leader by setting a personal example of honesty, self- discipline, sacrificing spirit and dedication to the welfare of humanity.

24 24 Ideal Leaders in Venezuela P. R. Sarkar, founder of Prout, visited Venezuela in 1979. He said: “Venezuela needs good spiritual political leaders. If Venezuela can produce spiritual political leaders, it will be not only the leader of Latin America, but also the leader of the planet.”

25 25 Comunidad: Mover juntos Bayanihan en las Filipinas significa mover juntos una casa. Cayapa, palabra venezolana, también muestra el espíritu de cooperación de la comunidad. El mensagen social de Prout

26 26 Ecological and spiritual perspective of indigenous people Feel connected to Nature and all life. “The land doesn’t belong to me, I belong to the land!”

27 27 Clarification: Dogma vs. Spirituality Fundamentalism is close- minded, Blind obedience, Instills fear. Divides people into believers and non-believers, Us versus them. Mystical search for truth is open-minded, Questioning, Promotes love. Views all people as one human family, Universalism.

28 28 Spiritual perspective of Prout Human beings have a thirst for peace and happiness. External objects cannot satisfy this, because their pleasure is only temporary. Journey within to find true peace and happiness. We seek connectedness, meaning and purpose. Self-realization and service to humanity.

29 29 Meditation In the struggle for world peace and justice, we should not neglect our own internal peace. Meditation is an ancient practice with many benefits: overcoming insomnia, depression and mental complexes; increasing memory, concentration, willpower, self- control, self-esteem and tolerance; developing mental peace, wisdom, compassion and unconditional love. Prout's ecological and spiritual message

30 30 Close your eyes Sit straight Breathe deeply Repeat your mantra Practice every day HOW TO MEDITATE? Prout's ecological and spiritual message

31 31 Publishing Education Research Transform lives Empower communities Welfare of all Raise consciousness Strengthen cooperatives Promote economic democracy How we do itWhy we do itWhat we do Prout Research Institute of Venezuela Independent, not-for profit foundation started Sept. 2006. Full-time staff. Prout Projects in Venezuela

32 32 MISSION To empower all people to improve their quality of life and live in a more just society by fostering the development of worker cooperatives, self-reliant communities, environmental protection, universal ethics and spiritual values. Prout Projects in Venezuela

33 33 Prout Projects in Venezuela

34 34 Training courses Prout Projects in Venezuela

35 35 Dada: “Every morning I wake up in paradise!” Prout Projects in Venezuela

36 36 Prout Projects in Venezuela Yoga classes

37 37 Centro Madre: Prout Community Center in Barlovento Prout Projects in Venezuela Didi Ananda Sadhana

38 38 Prout Projects in Venezuela Centro Madre Centro Madre: empowering self-reliance through education, sustainable agriculture, holistic development and ethical leadership.

39 39 “Excellent” small scale sustainable agriculture

40 40 Reading campaign Prout Projects in Venezuela

41 41 Prout Projects in Venezuela

42 42 Neohumanist Education Neo-humanism: "The practice of love for all creation including plants, animals, and the inanimate world" Holistic development of the child Daily quiet meditation Ecological and social consciousness Academic, practical, social and personal Skills Joyful learning through stories and arts Teacher is ideal example Prout Projects in Venezuela

43 43 Neohumanist kindergarten in Caracas Didi Ananda Amegha Prout Projects in Venezuela

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45 45 Prout’s Message for Venezuela Become self-reliant in food and medicine as soon as possible through sustainable agriculture, agro- and agrico-industries. Strengthen and encourage the cooperative system with more training, accounting and inspections to increase employment. Petroleum sales are only a temporary source of income which should be used for education, job training and programs to alleviate poverty. Strive to balance the economy. Fight corruption relentlessly.

46 46 What can you do? Learn more about Prout: read, take courses, attend seminar. Understand the link between the social and the personal: be the change you want to see. Share the vision with others: the more people who share the goal, the more power we have to achieve it. Volunteer: help create the world you want. Be ecologist: reduce, reuse, recycle, grow food Learn and practice meditation: find peace Conclusión

47 47 Updating and Expanding Adding new tools: “Sarkar Game” Block level planning exercise Prout taxation More examples Can you help?

48 48 For more information: Tel. (58)212-886-2323, 238-8665

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