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Shelter, Sustainability, Poverty and Peace

A Surprising Entanglement

by Garrett Connelly


Abstract

Discovery that a sustainable future may depend upon shelter for the rural poor is unanticipated and very surprising.

This cover, an earlier foreword version, the text and photos were the basis for a presentation at the Innovative Sheltering Symposium, which was hosted by the Netherlands Red Cross and Technical University at Eindhoven, Holland. The symposium was of interest to the international humanitarian community because there is a need for a transitional shelter mode between emergency and a return to the normal and socially healthy community in existence before a disaster. Keen insights of those in attendance as well as my own latest cost analysis are included in this update.

Evolution of this work has often led to surprising insights and fairly extensive study of modern economic analysis. Brief text that uses plain words to explain simple techniques has reached ocaisional profound conclusions, the most recent being; externalized profits which accrue to sustainable socioeconomic structures contrast with the externalized costs of unsustainable culture. Existence of externalized profits is currently the best green litmus test available for discerning vectors of sustainability.

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