Rural System's and The Q Works
Quality of Life
Quality of life can be approached in many ways. Much time can be spent on definitions.
Herein we take several approaches seeking to describe the parts that lead to the bases for a Q, a quality of life index. We may not know what it is exactly, but we might be able to develop an index expressive of an approximation. Developing the index and the system behind it is a major part of The Q Works.
|One way to imagive the space, here in three dimensions with constraints|
Quality of life is specific for a human population. The population changes in proportions of sex, age, physical abilities, etc.
Needs are fundamental human social group requirements for life as perceived by analysts over time. They may differ for individuals:
Maslow's list: ...
Extremes in some of these may be viewed as pathologies
|When Q is plotted over time, a significant change can be expected when managerial work begins. There may still be fluctuations due to weather, illegal activity, or others but the condition after management integrated as the Q index, is significantly different from that before management and system control.|
Cordell et al. 1993) identified objectives of private forested and rural land owners with appropriate averages for those in the North and South:
Resources are means by which aspirations are achieved - services, products, opportunities, views (as landcape), information, ideas, memberships, and memories.
Quality of life is a expression of the probability and proportion of the aspirations of a group of people being achieved. It is dynamic. Q* is an expression of the perfect state, the desired or ultimate condition (within plus or minus 3 percent). Q is the general expression of the quality of life index used in discussions. Qt is the expression of the quality at some time, usually within some week (or day, but data for such estimates are expensive and tned to reduce quality of life of the people developing the index.)
Managing a resource base for a desired future condition is paramount in our work. The "desired future condition" is not known. It cannot be a certainty. A high risk is certain. The strategy employed within Rural Ssytem has elements and assumptions that follow:
We have developed the objectives for wildland owners. We have the refined list of Blacksburg citizen objectives.
We work at developing a comprehensive list , the criteria for a high quality of life. The following list is from various sources and is a mix of ideas about processed, changes, and suggestive of basic objectives:
Consider developing the Human Development Index for a county vs a country
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