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Life Enabling Enterprise: An Economic System for the Good of Humankind
by Raphael L. Vitalo, Ph.D., Christopher J. Bujak, B.S.M.E.
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Our economic system is destroying our society and our species ...

We live in a society that accepts an economic system in which lies used to promote sales are legitimized by its courts as just an expression of the “puffery” capitalist enterprises use to get buy behaviors and not chargeable as fraud; products are designed to sell profitably, not benefit their recipients; packaging is designed to hide increases in price, not inform buyers; producers who pollute and destroy our ecosystem declare it is not their concern and we accept it; profits are generated from the sale of offerings that are harmful to humankind yet counted in our measures of economic growth and well-being; our right to redress for harm done to us is legally restricted so as not to discourage future commerce; and producers use the profits they extract from us to coop our political representatives and governance so they may continue their plunder undeterred.

In response to all of this and more, we are told there is no better alternative economic system. Moreover, we are told that we can always choose not to buy. Thus, we have nothing to complain about because every transaction we undertake is, by our acceptance, fair and freely made.

None of this is necessary or valid. All of it is predicated on the false assumptions of a sham economic system that serves the few. Its only legitimacy is as a method of control and exploitation of the many. Worse, the human environment it engenders denies the necessities of life that science has made clear are essential for human survival and humankind’s continuance as a specie.

This book reveals why and how this is happening, why it is not necessary, and offers a valid alternative approach to commerce that elevates human sociality, fosters personal emergence, and nourishes the ecosystem that supports all life.

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Paperback: 614 pages; Dimensions 2.25" x 9" x 6"
Publisher: Lowrey Press
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Table of Contents





Chapter 1. Introduction


Chapter 2. Why We Need a New Economic Model


Section I The Foundations of Every Commercial Model



Chapter 3. Understanding a Commercial Model



Chapter 4. How a Model's Foundational Premises Shape Its Contents



Chapter 5. The Life Enabling Model's Premises



Chapter 6. What Science Tells Us About Human Nature


Section II The Strategic Component of the Life Enabling Model



Chapter 7. The Life Enabling Model's Expected Strategic Results



Chapter 8. The Activities That Produce Strategic Success



Chapter 9. The Resources Critical to Strategic Success


Section III The Operations Component of the Life Enabling Model



Chapter 10. The Results Operations Must Produce



Chapter 11. The Activities That Produce Operations' Results



Chapter 12. The Resources Critical to Operations' Success


Section IV The Executive Functions Component of the Life Enabling Model



Chapter 13. The Executive Function of Effectiveness



Chapter 14. The Executive Function of Sufficiency



Chapter 15. The Executive Function of Synergy


Section IV Closing



Chapter 16. Summary



Chapter 17. Implications



Chapter 18. Warning





Appendix A: Is Inequality Problematic: The Naysayers' Perspective



Appendix B: A Detailed Look at the Powell Memorandum



Appendix C: The Economic Fruits of Political Power



Appendix D: Distinguishing Between Knowledge and Information



Appendix E: Three Types of Methods for Decision Making/Problem Solving



Appendix F: Templates for Knowledge Documents



Appendix G: The Meeting Power Scale



Appendix H: Peer-to-Peer Assessment of Synergy











What Is This Book About?

The issue with Capitalism is more than economics. It is about the survival of humankind. Capitalism, as a theoretical model of an imaginary world, appears to be logically sound. The empirical evidence reviewed in this book makes clear, however, that, as a practical economic system, Capitalism is a sham. Its dominance as the world's essential economic system has undermined our understanding of ourselves as a species; commerce as our common means for enabling each other's survival, growth, and fulfillment; and our notion of what constitutes appropriate conduct within a society and across societies internationally. It falsely pits individual emergence against social well-being when in fact each requires the other for realization. The research reviewed in this book also clarifies the true nature of commerce; the breadth of human necessities, beyond material needs, that commerce must provide; Capitalism's real utility as a "social control system"; and the potential consequences for evolved humankind of Capitalism's universal promulgation. It also provides detailed practical guidance for conducting commerce in a manner that ensures that all commercial endeavors protect, nurture, and enrich human life and the ecosystem that supports all life. This guidance details how one implements the Strategic, Operations, and Executive functions that steer the implementation of a Life Enabling enterprise. In each case, the book provides examples of how such an enterprise differs in its conduct from one implementing Capitalism.


About the Authors

Raphael L. Vitalo received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has authored 50 professional articles, technical reports, and chapters in the areas of psychology, education, business management and commerce, information systems, and artificial intelligence.
Dr. Vitalo worked in community mental health during the first segment of his 50-year career as a therapist, researcher, and clinical director of three mental health centers. Under his clinical leadership, each center dramatically improved in its delivery of care. For example, in the second of those centers, his staff improved the success of their treatment outcomes by 31% (from 70% to 92% of clients reported benefit from care), reduced dropouts from treatment by more than 50%, expanded the number of people served with the same level of staff by 20%, and produced a per-unit cost of care that was 56% below the national average. In the next phase of his career, Dr. Vitalo worked as a business consultant. He has designed, managed, and implemented more than 400 projects serving public and private sector organizations in the areas of strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, performance management, workforce productivity, business process reengineering, risk management, applications of the Quality and Lean Enterprise models, knowledge engineering, information systems design and development, and expert systems design and development. He is currently the president of Vital Enterprises.

Christopher J. Bujak is a managing partner of Continual Impact, a consulting group providing consulting and training in continuous improvement. Chris is a mechanical engineer by formal training with extensive postgraduate training and experience in the application of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies and tools. As global director of continuous improvement (CI) for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Chris was one of the principle developers of an integrated CI model that included Lean Enterprise, Six Sigma™, and other critical enabling elements. This global initiative yielded $13 million (2021 current U.S. dollars) in savings during its first year of implementation, $21.1 million in its second year, and over $68 million in its third year. His work with Continual Impact has reached some 200 organizations, with more than 4,000 people trained and engaged in continuous improvements efforts. His recent focus has been on public health organizations across the U.S.