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Building a sustainable society (green party)

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Given to the Green Party in Sweden in Nov 2010

Given to the Green Party in Sweden in Nov 2010

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  • Building a sustainable society
    Dr. Andrew Wallace PhD BEng(hons) EurIng
  • Overview
    Why?
    Nature as a holonic system
    Foundations
    The Design
    People
    Knowledge and ability
    Putting it all together
    Questions?
  • Why?
    Exponential growth
    Money - money - money!
  • Why?
    Self destructive
    Environmental destruction
  • Why?
    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
  • Why
    Human evolution
    Hunter gathers
    Small groups
    Intuitive ideas
    Work well day to day but are wrong!
  • Why?
    Limits
    Time
    Knowledge
    Education
  • Nature as a holonic system
    Nature as a highly complex system
    Nothing exists in true isolation
    Networks
    Web of life
    Everything interconnected
    Things make other things
    Balance
  • Nature as a holonic system
    Holon – “part – whole”
    Cells:
    Body Organs Cells Organelles molecules
    Lego!!
  • Nature as a holonic system
    Handling complexity
    Simplify
    Divide and conquer
  • Nature as a holonic system
    Nature doesn’t care!
    Nature is a harsh mistress
    Limits
    We do care!
  • Foundations
    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
  • The Design
    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
  • People
  • People
    One person’s utopia is another’s dystopia
    Let people be people
  • People
    Communities (up to 200 people)
    Manage own waste
    Manage own energy production
    Manage own food production
    Has a little bit extra
  • People
    Diversity
    Own government – legislative council (direct democracy)
    Each community manages its own affairs
    Limits
    Basic human rights
    Urbanates
    Sustainable cities
    Networks of networks
  • People
  • People
    Minimise work
    Minimise production
    More time to be human!
  • Knowledge and ability
    Build around what people know and can do
    Projects
    Project leaders
    Goals
    Communications
    Localise – holonic structure
    Push upwards - dynamic
  • Knowledge and ability
  • Knowledge and ability
    Keeping it all together
    Directors
    Goals
    Communications
    Sequences
    skeleton
  • Knowledge and ability
    Managing resources (no money)
    Nature and energy flows
    Energy out
    Energy In
    Exergy
  • Knowledge and ability
    Exergy measures
    Usable energy
    Material
    Information
    Differences in the environment
    Common accountancy unit
  • Knowledge and ability
    How much can we make (in a given timer period)?
    How much exergy do we need?
    Each person has equal share – energy credit
  • Putting it all together
    Will it work?
    Testing, testing, testing!
    Proto-technate
    Network of communities
  • Putting it all together
  • Questions?