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Dr.Andrew Wallace PhD BEng(hons) EurIng
 Why?
 Nature as a holonic system
 Foundations
 The Design
 People
 Knowledge and ability
 Putting it all together
...
 Exponential growth
 Money - money - money!
Self destructive
Environmental destruction
 Are people stupid?
 It’s a mad world
 The court of public opinion has fools for a jury
 More complex
 People are cle...
Human evolution
Hunter gathers
Small groups
Intuitive ideas
▪Work well day to day but are
wrong!
 Limits
Time
Knowledge
 Education
 Nature as a highly complex system
 Nothing exists in true isolation
 Networks
 Web of life
 Everything interconnecte...
 Holon – “part – whole”
 Cells:
Body Organs Cells Organelles molecules
Lego!!
 Handling complexity
Simplify
Divide and conquer
Nature doesn’t care!
Nature is a harsh mistress
Limits
We do care!
 Take nature as a source of inspiration
 Work with nature not against nature
 A fair and just system for all
 Goal :
H...
 Work with people
 People have areas that they know
well
 Not everything has a right answer
 People - knowledge and ab...
 One person’s utopia is another’s dystopia
 Let people be people
 Communities (up to 200 people)
 Manage own waste
 Manage own energy production
 Manage own food production
 Has a li...
 Diversity
 Own government – legislative council (direct
democracy)
 Each community manages its own affairs
 Limits
 ...
Minimise work
Minimise production
More time to be human!
 Build around what people know and can do
 Projects
 Project leaders
 Goals
 Communications
 Localise – holonic stru...
 Keeping it all together
 Directors
 Goals
 Communications
 Sequences
 skeleton
 Managing resources (no money)
 Nature and energy flows
Exergy
Energy In Energy out
 Exergy measures
 Usable energy
 Material
 Information
 Differences in the environment
 Common accountancy unit
 How much can we make (in a given timer
period)?
 How much exergy do we need?
 Each person has equal share – energy cre...
Will it work?
Testing, testing, testing!
Proto-technate
Network of communities
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
Building a sustainable society (green party)
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  1. 1. Dr.Andrew Wallace PhD BEng(hons) EurIng
  2. 2.  Why?  Nature as a holonic system  Foundations  The Design  People  Knowledge and ability  Putting it all together  Questions?
  3. 3.  Exponential growth  Money - money - money!
  4. 4. Self destructive Environmental destruction
  5. 5.  Are people stupid?  It’s a mad world  The court of public opinion has fools for a jury  More complex  People are clever but … ▪ Complexity ▪ Limits
  6. 6. Human evolution Hunter gathers Small groups Intuitive ideas ▪Work well day to day but are wrong!
  7. 7.  Limits Time Knowledge  Education
  8. 8.  Nature as a highly complex system  Nothing exists in true isolation  Networks  Web of life  Everything interconnected  Things make other things  Balance
  9. 9.  Holon – “part – whole”  Cells: Body Organs Cells Organelles molecules Lego!!
  10. 10.  Handling complexity Simplify Divide and conquer
  11. 11. Nature doesn’t care! Nature is a harsh mistress Limits We do care!
  12. 12.  Take nature as a source of inspiration  Work with nature not against nature  A fair and just system for all  Goal : Highest standard of living for the longest time possible
  13. 13.  Work with people  People have areas that they know well  Not everything has a right answer  People - knowledge and ability  Distribute power  A holonic system (emulate nature)  localise
  14. 14.  One person’s utopia is another’s dystopia  Let people be people
  15. 15.  Communities (up to 200 people)  Manage own waste  Manage own energy production  Manage own food production  Has a little bit extra
  16. 16.  Diversity  Own government – legislative council (direct democracy)  Each community manages its own affairs  Limits  Basic human rights  Urbanates  Sustainable cities  Networks of networks
  17. 17. Minimise work Minimise production More time to be human!
  18. 18.  Build around what people know and can do  Projects  Project leaders  Goals  Communications  Localise – holonic structure  Push upwards - dynamic
  19. 19.  Keeping it all together  Directors  Goals  Communications  Sequences  skeleton
  20. 20.  Managing resources (no money)  Nature and energy flows Exergy Energy In Energy out
  21. 21.  Exergy measures  Usable energy  Material  Information  Differences in the environment  Common accountancy unit
  22. 22.  How much can we make (in a given timer period)?  How much exergy do we need?  Each person has equal share – energy credit
  23. 23. Will it work? Testing, testing, testing! Proto-technate Network of communities
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