How did empathy evolve?2015- realization: relationships can be formed into localnetworks using endemic technology (social mediaand evolving innovations)Education & research on empathy, well-being andhappinessNew indicators for well-being and happiness, localconsultation on non-material values
Starting in 2015...Resource crisis make resources more expensiveand rare which leads to more car sharing / pooling,energy efficiency, start of resource metering, ....- community toolkits go online: scalable structures available to suit different neighbourhoods - distribution of resources becomes more efficient, swapping systems and time banks evolve - house-owners of certain areas pool together to buy energy and negociate better deals on energy- efficiency renovationsFood prices increase, leading to urban farmingMore small-scale distributed production, start ofthe development of organic locally grown materialsNon-governmental communal servicesTopics voted before members of parliament arechosen (start of goal-oriented government)Voting age is lowered
Citizen of 2015Pia, 22: Decided to spend my weekend at the doingto a lecture about empathic lifestyles. I have hearda lot about the empathic movement, just dontknow how to make it practical for my own life.
And then what?2025 Capitalism collapses. Development of local currencies and time banks etc. that fill the gapLocal mayors gain powerEducation much more applied and linkedto nature (urban farming, resourcesenergy, water us and production,...)Zero-energy standard for new housesProduction collapses, less environmentalimpact, heavy resource savingsMeat and dairy ratios
Citizens of 2025. Barbara, 33: Spent the afternoon in park letting Jake and Shiloh play with the stray dogs. Secretly, I was looking for fruit or vegetables in the ground, because its hard to find fresh food for a low price these days.Nene-Briana, 42: No sign of improvement in my legs,and the pain is pretty intense. The accident withthe zipline was pretty severe, and maybe I wont beable to walk again. But its nice with the amount ofsupport I have - three community nurses each day,all day. None of them knows so much about myinjuries, and no-one has any medicine. But they areall very empathic.
2050 Empathy goes global• Empathy is rewarded, games• Public spending is used for services such as health care, higher education and public spaces. Other services are dealt with by the communities themselves. Question: how are taxes paid?• Sustainability office takes care of respect of system boundaries and city planning, following the standards of the United Micronations• Developing countries still trade essential products with Europeans.• Zero energy housing standards for all buildings, taking local resources into consideration• Local climate conditions dictate food production• More interconnected levels of societal organisation
Citizens of 2050• Hermann, 79: Went to the skills exchange and looked through the task requests. Found the same boy - Jonas, 12 - from last week! We agreed we would try the baking together (like we have tried painting before) since it seemed like fun, and we both feel very empathic towards cakes …• Juha, 55: Been nominated as the representative to Global Municipal Trade Council. Have to discuss steel supply - we have responsibility to produce food for many villages round here, but none of us have our own iron ore. So we need lots and now we need more. Maybe we can offer more wool? Travelling by horse to the harbour, then sailing as usual. Roundtrip from Birmingham to Munich, three weeks.
1. Imagine a situation at the queue to the stadium atthe ﬁrst World Cup for Sustainable FootballingMunicipalities in 2031?Who are attending the match with you?What are the current topics people discuss about?How did you get to the stadium?2. Imagine a situation in 2048 in which you’re in aserious ﬂu?How does your community help you?Who are there with you?Where are you staying at?How did you get the flu?