50 minute people

My roots, my country, my region, my city, my village.

Humans always develop strong roots. I have never seen my country. I only know how it looks from a drawn map.

The people living on this dark green tiny piece of land once ruled the world. Nothing to be proud of! The Dutch are good traders. According to the World Bank the Netherlands was, in 2019, the 17th largest economy in the world.

The Netherlands might be a small country, but it’s the second-largest exporter of agriculture in the world, after the United States. In 2017, the Netherlands exported $111 billion worth of agricultural goods, including $10 billion of flowers and $7.4 billion of vegetables.
(World economic Forum, November 2019)

For those people concerned about future food production, The Netherlands is an example that there is no ground for such worries. The Dutch agriculture-economy is a great example, though still has a way to go as it transforms into a sustainable and circular business model. It is an example for the rest of the world none the less. Water and renewable energy are key technologies, not only for the transformation of established systems, but for feeding the world population as a whole.

My leaders, my politicians

With the introduction of social media the way people look to other people and other countries has changed.

Countries are not any longer judged by the people who live there, but by the leaders, the politicians.

Unfortunately leaders don’t tell you very much about the diversity of the citizens of a country, their religions and their cultures. Leaders can’t lead alone.

My favorite Professor Jan Pen

I prefer to use ‘Pen’s Parade on income inequality’, or income distribution for understanding and judging the leadership of a country.

Professor Jan Pen (1921 – 2010) was one of the top five Dutch economists and a profound supporter of the theories of John Maynard Keynes.

This actual graph shows how everyday life of the people of The Netherlands really looks like. It shows inequality and how people have to experience economic inclusion.

Future sustainable development has to be a bottom up process that starts with the improvement of ’50 minute people’. ‘Ordinary people’ don’t exist!

Pen’s Parade or The Income Parade is a concept described in a 1971 book published by Dutch economist Jan Pen describing income distribution. The parade is defined as a succession of every person in the economy, with their height proportional to their income, and ordered from lowest to greatest. People with average income would be of average height, and so the spectator. The Pen’s description of what the spectator would see is a parade of dwarves, and then some unbelievable giants at the very end. (Wikipedia)

50 minute people are among the group of most sustainable living people. They are consumers for need, and not for greed. Unfortunately most 50 minute people in the world have to live on the edge of reality. Half of the world population lives from $5,5 per day. (World Bank, October 2019) They are all living in a survival mode!

The better part of 10 minute people do understand this, but the minority of 10 minute people are in ‘a certain state of control’ and do underestimate the importance of economic and social inclusion as the most important condition for sustainable human development.

The economics of future energy production and distribution therefor plays a very important role in worldwide sustainable development.