Proutist Economic Development:

Building a New Future

2004 Proutist Universal. This material may be used for educational purposes only, provided that the source is attributed in each case. Permission for other use may be obtained from:

In December 2003, the national petroleum company of Venezuela, PDVSA, contracted Proutist Universal, a global educational and community service organization, to give 3-day training to two groups of supervisors and workers in the telecommunications, planning and cooperatives departments. Dr. Michael Towsey, a university lecturer, came from Australia, and Dada Maheshvarananda, a monk from North America and author of the book “After Capitalism: Prout’s Vision for a New World,” came from Denmark.

The presentations included:

While the presentations include some focus on Venezuela, almost all of the slides are relevant to any economy. A full DVD film, in English and in Spanish, of the 20-hour training course is also available from Proutist Universal.

The global consulting services and support network of Proutist Universal are committed to continue future assistance to Venezuela and all other countries and communities in their efforts to pursue sustainable development for the welfare of all.

Note: Each of the 26 presentations listed below also has a commentary attached to the majority of the slides as notes. To see these notes, click on a file. With the Powerpoint program, in Normal View, you can see the notes at the bottom of each slide.  Text files are also available for each of the notes.

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Presentation Topics

0.     Significance of Prout Training in Venezuela
1.     Introduction
2.     Possible Futures for Venezuela
3.     The Number One Problem: Poverty
4.     Economics, Community and Ecology
5.     People’s Economy
6.     Economic Self-Sufficiency
7.     Decentralised Economic Planning
8.     People’s Economy and Eco-Design
9.     Triple Bottom Line
10.   Three-Tier Industry
11.   Cooperatives
12.   Housing Cooperatives
13.   Agriculture
14.   Balanced Economy
15.   Different Forms of Currency
16.   Trade
17.   Prout’s Five Fundamental Principles
18.   Resource Types: Physical, Mental, Spiritual
19.   Psycho-Economic Exploitation
20.   Middle Class and Psycho-Economics
21.   Wholistic Human Development: Neo-Humanism
22.   Ethics for Personal and Social Transformation
23.   Six Hats Thinking
24.   Ideal Leadership
25.   Meditations