Maximizing Citizen Participation and Accelerating Solution-Oriented Activity
in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative

The Recalibrating Our "Moral Compasses" (ROMC) Survey Project

There is highly reliable evidence pointing to a deep rooted misalignment between what our “moral compasses” are telling us about our current circumstances, and how unprecedented the challenges of our times really are.  [For supporting evidence, see Sections II and III in the CPCS Initiative Summary Paper--“Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses:  to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny” (June, 2015--updated links and new preface June, 2016; 85 pages)

If we have serious concerns about the nature and reliability of our “moral compasses” at this critical time, we may not be able to make enough of a transition away from the kind of capital misallocations “which deplete the world’s stock of natural wealth” and “allow businesses to run up significant, largely unaccounted for, and unchecked social and environmental externalities”.

The Recalibrating Our "Moral Compasses" Survey Project (ROMC) Survey Project, in this initial “idea becoming a project stage”, would be a survey of 300 people from around the world, who are well known in fields of activity associated with creating a peaceful and sustainable world.

(Currently), the 9 Question Categories are:

1)  Critical Challenge Assessment
2)  Solution Recommendations [specific to your field(s) of activity]
3)  Recommendations for Collaborative Problem Solving Design
4)  Degree of Collaborative Problem Solving Needed
5)  Towards Working Definitions of “Right Livelihood”
6)  Towards Working Definitions of “Moral Compasses”
7)  Features Which Define Advanced Societies
8)  Recommendations for Other People Who Would be Appropriate as Survey Participants
9)  Comments, suggestions, recommendations, etc  not brought forward by Questions 1-8

“Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses” Surveys: 

a)  are a very careful and conscientious approach to identifying critical challenges and solution-oriented activity—and to comparing that input with working definitions for “right livelihood” and “moral compasses” (to increase consensus on such definitions)—which could do much to increase the reliability of our “moral compasses” at this critical time
b)  can help citizens in every variety of circumstances to understand and appreciate the need for Community Visioning Initiatives and Neighborhood Learning Centers
c)  can provide starting point input for the kind of workshops needed in Neighborhood Learning Centers, and the kind of sharing which can be done through a Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) section in local newspapers.

One of the key goals of The ROMC Survey Project is a free Ebook of 30 complete survey responses (from the 300 responses received).  [Note:  all 300 responses would be accessible on The ROMC Survey Project website.]  Such an Ebook could be a catalyst for many similar surveys, and could lead to many local collaborative problem solving initiatives.

Carrying out The ROMC Survey Project can create many highly relevant educational experiences (Ex:  for student volunteers at universities and colleges).

The ROMC Survey Project is an example of how comprehensive and proactive collaborative problem solving and citizen peacebuilding can be—and needs to be—at this critical time. 

[Note:  The most current overview of The ROMC Survey Project is on pages 36-39 of the CPCS Initiative Summary Paper (see above link).]


​Here is the Press Kit for The Recalibrating Our "Moral Compasses" (ROMC) Survey Project:
[Documents in Press Kit were written, compiled, and created in November, 2014]

a) 5 page “Project Overview and Invitation to Collaborate”

This document will be referred to in email outreach, and provides many of the details necessary to illustrate the potential of this project.  There is much more to discover in the 74 page ROMC Survey Project Prospectus, and readers are especially encouraged to look at the “Example Challenge Assessment” in the Appendix of the Prospectus.  But this document provides enough detail for readers to know if they will be interested in further exploration.

​b)  5 page overview "What Collaborating on The ROMC Survey Project Might Look Like"

This five page document provides brief descriptions of 11 areas of project development as a way of helping potential collaborators get a feel for how comprehensive and conscientious the preparation can be (even before the survey is administered)—and what kind of highly relevant educational opportunities could be accessible to students at universities/colleges that become collaborators on this project.

c)  5 page "Quick Reference Document A"

 This document provides discussion on three of the key reasons why this ROMC Survey Project is needed, and all the shorter documents (above) refer to it for supporting evidence.  This document uses excerpts from the 13 page overview of the ROMC Survey Project Prospectus, and includes:

A.  ROMC Survey Project’s List of Ten Critical Challenges
B.  How the ROMC Survey Project is different from many well-known critical challenge assessments and solutions guides in the past 50 years
​C.  The text—in the Introduction to “Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication”  United Nations Environment Programme  2011—for the quotes “which deplete the world’s stock of natural wealth” and “allow businesses to run up significant, largely unaccounted for, and unchecked social and environmental externalities”)

d)   the 74 page ROMC Survey Project Prospectus (Gathering Evidence to Support a Recalibration of Our “Moral Compasses)

 The ROMC Survey Project Prospectus provides detailed information in the following sections:  “Project Summary”, “Why this Project is Needed  (5 Reasons Summarized)”, “About Selecting Participants for the Survey”, and “The 9 Questions Being Asked in The ROMC Survey”—and is supplemented by an Appendix which includes:   A.  Why this Project is Needed--Discussion Supplement,   B.  Example Challenge Assessment (20 pages), and  C.  Example Solution Guide (17 pages).

​Note:  A additional document has been provided here—“An Assessment of the Most Critical Challenges of Our Times (May, 2015)  (36 pages)—as the above “Example Challenge Assessment” does not include source references [it only referred to source references available in the CPCS Initiative document “Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors”  (Nov. 2013; 589 pages)].  This May, 2015 Assessment document includes most of the evidence in the "Example" above, plus some additional evidence--and does include source updated/recently confirmed source references for all the quoted passages included in the document. This ROMC Survey Project can contribute many valuable contributions in many fields of activity—and the goal of this Prospectus, and the above supporting documents, is to help readers see that potential, so that the project might receive the support needed to realize the potential.

​ The ROMC Survey Project believes that there will be many survey participants, advisors, collaborators, contributors, and volunteer assistants who see the potential of this project, and are willing to do the work to help realize that potential.

The ROMC Survey Project is a project of The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative.

Stefan Pasti is the current project coordinator for The ROMC Survey Project.  He is also founder and resource coordinator for The CPCS Initiative.

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