Technocracy  and Sustainability Dr. Andrew Wallace PhD
Overview <ul><li>Sustainability – what does that mean? </li></ul><ul><li>The problems of this World </li></ul><ul><li>An i...
Sustainability <ul><li>What does the word ”Sustainability” mean? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Sustainability is a systemic concept, relating to the continuity of economic, social, institutional and environmen...
<ul><li>Sustainability is a systemic concept </li></ul><ul><li>relating to the continuity of economic, social, institution...
The Problems of this World <ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Starvation and poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Ozone hole </li>...
Environment <ul><li>Pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Soil erosion </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticides </li></ul><ul><li>Waste disposal...
Starvation and Poverty <ul><li>About 800 million people go hungry </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to stop hunger, starvation and...
Ozone Hole <ul><li>Caused by pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to reduce the hole maybe working </li></ul><ul><li>But wh...
Global Warming <ul><li>Climate change </li></ul><ul><li>How effective are we at combating this? </li></ul>
Rain Forests <ul><li>From 14% to 6% </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated that it could be gone by mid 21 st  century  </li></ul>
Peak Oil <ul><li>Oil production is declining </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen next? </li></ul>
Question. <ul><li>Why do we have these problems? </li></ul><ul><li>Many complex reasons </li></ul><ul><li>But the underlyi...
<ul><li>The current socio-economic system </li></ul>
<ul><li>The system we have today does not aim for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>The system has the aim of increasing we...
The current socio-economic system Business Government People
Enter Technocracy! <ul><li>Technocracy offers a alternative socio-economic system </li></ul>
How? <ul><li>Technocracy sees society as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul>
How? <ul><li>The technical aspects of society should be run by those who are experts in the technology </li></ul><ul><li>T...
How? <ul><li>The technical aspects run with the following goal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest possible standard of living ...
Highest standard of living <ul><li>Units of productions under control of experts  </li></ul><ul><li>No profit </li></ul><u...
For as long as possible <ul><li>Minimise environmental impact </li></ul><ul><li>Balance  the needs of society with the nee...
Balance
Balance <ul><li>To balance the system we propose a system using energy rather than money </li></ul><ul><li>Energy is neede...
Summary <ul><li>There are a number of complex problems in the world today </li></ul><ul><li>The underlying cause is the cu...
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Introducing technocracy for a sustainable world. The presentation first looks at the world today and then at technocracy as an alternative.

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Technocracy An Introduction

  1. 1. Technocracy and Sustainability Dr. Andrew Wallace PhD
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Sustainability – what does that mean? </li></ul><ul><li>The problems of this World </li></ul><ul><li>An introduction to Technocracy </li></ul><ul><li>Technocracy and Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Technocracy = Utopia? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sustainability <ul><li>What does the word ”Sustainability” mean? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Sustainability is a systemic concept, relating to the continuity of economic, social, institutional and environmental aspects of human society, as well as the non-human environment. It is intended to be a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and planning and acting for the ability to maintain these ideals in a very long term. Sustainability affects every level of organization, from the local neighborhood to the entire planet. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Sustainability is a systemic concept </li></ul><ul><li>relating to the continuity of economic, social, institutional and environmental aspects of human society </li></ul><ul><li>It is intended to be a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and planning and acting for the ability to maintain these ideals in a very long term. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Problems of this World <ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Starvation and poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Ozone hole </li></ul><ul><li>Global warming </li></ul><ul><li>Rain forest </li></ul><ul><li>Peak oil </li></ul>
  7. 7. Environment <ul><li>Pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Soil erosion </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticides </li></ul><ul><li>Waste disposal </li></ul>How effective are efforts to combat these problems?
  8. 8. Starvation and Poverty <ul><li>About 800 million people go hungry </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to stop hunger, starvation and poverty in the world has come to a halt </li></ul><ul><li>Yet we have more food than we can eat! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ozone Hole <ul><li>Caused by pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts to reduce the hole maybe working </li></ul><ul><li>But what about global warming? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Global Warming <ul><li>Climate change </li></ul><ul><li>How effective are we at combating this? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rain Forests <ul><li>From 14% to 6% </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated that it could be gone by mid 21 st century </li></ul>
  12. 12. Peak Oil <ul><li>Oil production is declining </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen next? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Question. <ul><li>Why do we have these problems? </li></ul><ul><li>Many complex reasons </li></ul><ul><li>But the underlying reason is … </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The current socio-economic system </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>The system we have today does not aim for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>The system has the aim of increasing wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Short term profit seeking at any cost </li></ul>
  16. 16. The current socio-economic system Business Government People
  17. 17. Enter Technocracy! <ul><li>Technocracy offers a alternative socio-economic system </li></ul>
  18. 18. How? <ul><li>Technocracy sees society as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. How? <ul><li>The technical aspects of society should be run by those who are experts in the technology </li></ul><ul><li>The people part run by true democracy </li></ul>
  20. 20. How? <ul><li>The technical aspects run with the following goal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest possible standard of living for as long as possible </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Highest standard of living <ul><li>Units of productions under control of experts </li></ul><ul><li>No profit </li></ul><ul><li>Minimise energy </li></ul><ul><li>Minimise waste </li></ul><ul><li>Balance production with demands / needs </li></ul>
  22. 22. For as long as possible <ul><li>Minimise environmental impact </li></ul><ul><li>Balance the needs of society with the needs of the eco-system </li></ul>
  23. 23. Balance
  24. 24. Balance <ul><li>To balance the system we propose a system using energy rather than money </li></ul><ul><li>Energy is needed to run anything </li></ul><ul><li>Money is debt and value is subjective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore not a true measure of the system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energy credits are given equally to all citizens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They decide what is to be produced </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Summary <ul><li>There are a number of complex problems in the world today </li></ul><ul><li>The underlying cause is the current socio-economic system </li></ul><ul><li>Technocracy aims to replace the current system with an alternative system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical aspects rules by experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No money but energy credits </li></ul></ul>

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