What concept of cities is promising?

Charter Cities, and modular concepts

Most recently I read about the concept of charter cities, the idea of Charter Cities, first proposed by economist Paul Romer, the concept is over a decade old and carries the promise of lifting tens of millions of people out of poverty into a life worth living. But at the same time, this idea does not yet seem to have found a suitable product-market fit. The idea of charter education or schools is a decade or two older and comes from similar center-right or libertarian circles. A charter is a kind of founding document that aims to ensure that the school or city is well managed. Cities in terms of infrastructure are complex systems, their communities are complex systems. 

In my past articles, I have written a lot about complex systems. This is especially important to understand when thinking about concepts for the future or rather building the future. First of all, we have to take into account that the economy is still far from recognizing and integrating the findings of complexity research (University Santa Fe as an example).  

The basic idea is that we have to distinguish complex systems from complicated simple and chaotic topics and in many cases, we have to separate them. On weekends I spent a lot of time in the forest, which is a complex natural system (in most cases our forest aren’t natural anymore, but this is a different story), where trees were cut down and probably resold (simple system) and then houses or other things are built with them (complicated system). The whole history of mankind from building stone tools to exponential technologies can be seen as a process in which complex systems of nature that we are just beginning to understand are transformed into complicated systems. We are familiar with these complicated systems and we think we understand them, but we are actually far from understanding them. If we look at countries where we think the state has failed or where they have a fragile system, we get insights into the fourth system; chaos. Because when different cooperative systems play a role, we see how the complex system is broken down and a system of chaos is created. 

Perhaps a better example is provided by Jordan Hall (a thinker I can only recommend to everyone, wonderful podcasts and powerful explanations of complex things like this one) - the ocean is a complex system, and when we surf and get hit by a big wave, we end up underwater and see only darkness, and we lose the sense of which side is up and which side is down. In this case, it is best to stop moving, wait a little bit until a ray of sunshine appears, and only when the barrier from chaotic to complex system is overcome and we recognize which side is up and which is down, we will continue and swim back to the surface.

Complex systems can repair themselves, heal themselves, and must experience stress and not chronic strain to be antifragile. Complex systems CANNOT repair themselves. Chaotic systems are those where you don't know if they are swimming up or down (using the surfing example). 

The majority of the systems in which we interact; such as societies, culture, mind, economy, gardens, climate, oceans, our bodies, and communities, are all complex systems with positive and negative feedback loops, delays, nonlinear relationships, and emergent properties. The point is, communities scale, our cities, and mechanical systems do not. 

In complex adaptive systems, we observe fractal patterns, also called flake-free or self-similar patterns. For example, there is a certain coherence at the level of molecules, cells, organs, bodies, and societies. There are so-called scaling laws, for example, the ratio of surface area to volume. If you find a bone of a dinosaur, you can calculate how big such a dinosaur was thanks to proportionality and these scaling laws. If you are interested in beautiful pieces, look up for Mandelbaum or Fractal Patterns. 

Back to the Charter Cities. One of the problems in finding Charter Cities or The Product Market Fit is an insufficient understanding of what Nassim Taleb calls "a cat is not a washing machine" or in one of my favorite books by Nick Hanauer "Gardens are not machines". A garden requires a feeling for the garden, the care of the different plants that harmonize with each other. Here we also need to understand what a natural garden is and how it grows. But as an example, we can take how much water the different plants need, but too much kills the system but too little kills the system. 

Nassim says that most cities and city-states have survived for thousands of years, while empires disintegrated after centuries because the government is difficult to scale and cities (at that time) were the optimal size. What unites Denmark and Singapore as well-governed countries are that they are one smaller than the USA or Russia, for example. You can also look at it another way or say that you should not build too big to drive companies and other structures to ruin. We need to allow volatility, learning through "skin in the game" to allow feedback loops and a healthy amount of stress to overcome the challenges. 

In the last few years, I was speaking a lot with people around the world, who wants to build the next Techno City. Most of the Concepts failed and we see a lot of Ghost Cities around the world. If you google Konica City for example in Africa, you have other examples in Asia, Russia, and more. Some cities are already built, some aren’t. But the case is you can’t just build a city and think people will come. Its much more complex than that. 

The much better idea, at least in my small brain is to start from the bottom-up. Start from schools and build communities of local Pirates, entrepreneurs, and Startup hubs, that can scale to bigger structures without losing the antifragile model. I am part of a few of those concepts and if we are able to provide more information I will publish them here. But so far I have seen two great concepts, that aren’t perfect yet but good to go. The first one is Oceanix the other one is Regen Village. I believe that setting up the cultural environment will be one of the most important building blocks. You also have to keep in mind, that this is not something for the next five years. Think about a concept that will long for thousands of years and try to imagine what is missing, what do we have to build first. 

Stating small with a few hundred people could accelerate in a couple of hears to hundred thousand just in a few years. A great way to expand your thinking is the following article: 

https://waitbutwhy.com/2015/03/7-3-billion-people-one-building.html

Cause this concept can be further expanded into something like Charter Cities on a country level - including the already existing towns and cities and merging them seamlessly. Because most of the time it is more about culture than infrastructure. From this point in time, we are able to rethink the system structures. I predict this could happen in less than a decade and could change everything like the smartphone and internet. 

The idea of new decentralized systems in Banking, Energy, etc aren’t new anymore. Think about it for a minute and then imagine how a small City could look like with all those new nature-oriented systems. There are already in Africa many systems like this, still early days, but they have mobile banking (M-Pesa), p2p information infrastructures, M-kopa which is a decentralized off-grid energy system for rural homes and it replaces the more expensive energy providers. Thomas a friend of mine often called the Tesla Roadster or Earthship projects. The role model for innovation with billions of people in mind in 2050. We would need similar innovations in the space of washing machines, transportation, sanitation, agriculture, etc. But for most of the things we are still very limited in our thinking, that’s one reason why I love Sci-Fi thinking or normative thinking. 

We currently focus on the housing category, cause we believe it will be one important founding block for future civilizations and also to create them in a more sustainable way. Currently, there is a trend of tiny houses and cohabitation as a reaction towards the housing crisis that looms in many big cities. But the solutions in this space are currently too expensive or they lack the circular economy component. 

There are some great PreFab house examples like the Eco Capsule, PassivDom, Container Houses etc. There all have a great ambition to come up with cheaper solutions, but most of them starting with the Tesla strategy. Unfortunately, they do not have a city concept in mind. Which makes them in my opinion useless. There are many other innovations in the area that we can broadly call space industry and smart materials that might enable much cheaper houses through techniques such as biomimicry and already mentioned smart and metamaterials with exponentially dropping prices. Which will be a very important part in building future civilizations. I am always looking for new/ alternative material concepts. Drop me a message if you find cool stuff. 

I am thinking a lot about modular homes out of repurposed or natural materials. Really have a look at Oceanix and try to understand the concept behind it. 

But the overall point is simple — thanks to exponential technologies and progress in complexity science and computer science, etc. one can build new villages, or “charter”/  “alternatives” cities out of modular components within months and doesn’t need to wait for decades to do a randomized control trial on another Dubai, Shenzhen or Hong Kong.

What we need in terms of culture, mental models — scientific concepts, mindsets and mental debugs:

I'm a big fan of game theories and so one could assume that we should all strive for Win-Win situations and escape the zero-sum games and zero-sum transaction mentality. One could also assume that this mentality is due to the ecological reasons of the economy based on scarcity. A few thinkers like Schmachtenberger, the Weinstein brothers, and others who think about Game B. I've written something about that and there will be an article about Game B soon. It's primarily about an economy of abundance based on the anti-rival foundations. Schmachtenberger keeps calling it the generator function, which means you have to consider many or even all existential risks with a rival dynamic. 

But the problem of rivalry could run much deeper than the game theory itself. The consideration of rival dynamics itself is already two levels deeper than the currently prevailing thinking in effective altruism - below existential risks and below the generator function. But it could well be that the scarcity is actually created by these rival dynamics themselves and not just the other way around - that this scarcity creates the rivalry. 

At least this is the view of mimetic theory divided by Rene Girard the mentor of Peter Thiel. If you read the Book from zero to one you will see how he influenced Peters thinking a lot. Scarcity and rivalry could also reinforce each other in positive feedback loops. It would therefore only make sense to assume that this problem could therefore lie much deeper than the absence of an affluent society. Girard says that the people who are most similar are also the most rival, and therefore humanity has developed scapegoats that produce the "sacred" by externalizing the violence generated by these rival dynamics and protecting communities from self-inflicted violence. 

Throughout our history, the sacred has always been depicted with violence, even from different angles. Now the field of economy (economic and also political economy) is the field that tries to establish this mechanism of self-transcendence and to create peace and prosperity by externalizing and containing violence with violent means. We look for the enemy in the other country, through which we fight terrorism without actually knowing the exact background. We put our own interests in the foreground. This process is less and less effective as this process of scapegoating other innocent people has become more and more visible, obvious and obvious over the centuries. The world is becoming more transparent and in many cases, we can see how wrong things have been done, but I don't want to make it easier, because we tend to see things simply. I can explain this in more detail another time. 

To go beyond rivalry - to acknowledge the rivalry, to integrate the rivalry, but to transform it, we need to encourage a change of framework - through a paradigm shift and a change of hearts and minds through various mental fixes.

There are different levels of change and impact - direct change (working in a kitchen, farm, building a modular smart city), scaled change (starting a business building several Charter Cities), system change (creating an innovation that opens a new space of possibilities) and finally a change of framework - or a change of thinking, paradigm shift, etc. (think of the recognition of human rights).

Some of these mental mistakes are presented by Tom Chi, who explains, for example, why we need to think about ourselves and an emerging property of the entire ecosystem and how we do not even exist as a concept without air and plants that produce air. Other mental bug fixes help us to learn constantly and learn how to learn: "Knowledge is the enemy of learning". We must constantly check ourselves - am I in the mindset of an expert who must prove his knowledge, or am I in the mindset of a learner. Probably read my Article “Our Horizon is shrinking” on that. 

Learning (as a concept other than education, knowledge and the signaling of competence, so to speak) and communities of lifelong learning could be the key to this, which Game B makes possible and thus also overcomes rival dynamics and creates spaces in whose anti-rivals social innovations are planted and grow beyond the world. 

I wanted to illustrate my thinking in the area of New cities and Learning schools and the depth of the problem.

In my opinion, some conscious efforts are needed to build anti-rival and anti-fragile communities and we must increase our efforts. I look forward to exploring this space further and would like to participate in the rapid development of prototypes for social innovation ideas in this area. Please join me with feedback and suggestions or corrections.

Your Horizon is shrinking

Our World is a Mess. That is probably something we can both agree on. Another thing we can both agree on, it’s our fault and only we can change the current System. This will be a short reminder of where we are.

What’s the problem?

Things are not working well.

They never have.

Furthermore, they are getting worse.

Our world is in turmoil. It is in a mess. I think most of us would agree.

Surprisingly though, there is plenty of evidence that the quality of life is better today than it has ever been.

This progress, however, has come at a high cost, and our way of life is not sustainable. Whether you want to change the political or economic system, save the whales, stop global warming, reform education, spark innovation or anything else, the answer is in how meaning, and understanding of what needs to be done, emerges from a conversation in community with people you love, people who care.

Disorder at all levels

The world is in disarray on all levels: personal, family, business, social, and global. The range of problems we face is long. I don't need to list them all - you are well aware of them, but to name but a few:

- On the *personal level*: unemployment, depression, and loneliness.

- On the *family* level: domestic violence and divorce.

- On the *business or organizational level*: lack of employee involvement and psychological well-being.

- At the *social or community* level: poverty, unemployment, inadequate health care.

- At the *political level*: increasing polarization and lack of tolerance

- At *global level*: global warming, terrorism, pandemics, financial instability, ocean pollution, self-termination, extinction, depletion of natural resources.

Why are things not working well and why is our way of living not sustainable? To create a better world we need to answer this question first.

Our Horizon is shrinking

Here is the challenge. In a world with increasing pressure to perform, which includes growth and market optimization, we have a natural human tendency to narrow our horizons. We focus only on the short term. We focus only on ourselves. We focus only on external events that threaten us. Our horizons are getting narrower and narrower - as individuals, as institutions, and as a society. While these tendencies are understandable, they can also create a vicious circle - the more we shrink our horizons, the more pressure we experience, which leads us to narrow our horizons even further.

How can we escape this vicious circle and go from the pressure to opportunity? Or even further how can we expand the space of possibilities? We must start by expanding our horizons - looking forward, looking around, and looking inwards. I will focus here on what this means for our institutions, but there is a similar imperative for us as individuals and as a society.

Look ahead

As the institutions come under increasing pressure, they are beginning to turn away from long-term strategies and acquire flexibility and agility. Another temporary problem is when an institution has actually become obsolete but uses power to maintain its own position. The key is to sense what is happening at the moment and to react to it - that is a strategy that leads to success.

I have become a strong advocate of an alternative strategy approach, which I call zoom out/zoom in - something I learned by working with some of the most successful technology companies in Silicon Valley. This strategic approach starts by zooming out 20-50 years and challenging the leadership to develop a common view of what their relevant markets or industries might look like then and what the impact would be on the kind of company they need to be to succeed in that specific market or industry. I would go one step further today and focus on a cosmic view. Technologies

The enlargement of the site is an attempt to build consensus and commitment within the leadership regarding the 2-3 initiatives they could pursue over the next 6-12 months that would have the greatest impact in accelerating the movement towards the longer-term goal. The aim is to ensure that a critical mass of resources is allocated to these short-term initiatives. However, this also involves taking into account new ways of thinking, such as normative thinking, and thinking about global challenges from the Cosmic Perspective.

By looking ahead to identify the really big opportunities that could be targeted in the face of the exponential changes taking place in our global economy, this approach pulls leaders out of the short-term thinking that drives our institutions and helps them to look beyond the short-term pressures that demand their attention.

Look around

This leads to a second opportunity to broaden our horizons - instead of focusing only on ourselves, we need to focus on others around us and explore the potential to come together to achieve things we could never achieve on our own. For more information, please read the article "Economy of Wellbeing" by me.

To do this we need to understand the unmet needs and motivations of others. In the "zoom-out" efforts mentioned earlier, institutions too often remain focused on their own needs and capabilities rather than starting with the unmet needs of the clients and other stakeholders they serve. The truly great opportunities in the future begin with the unmet needs of others. Look around you as you look ahead.

Then, when we begin to focus on the satisfaction of these unmet needs, we need to look around to see who could help us make an even greater impact in satisfying these unmet needs even more quickly. In the exponentially growing world, we are entering, leverage is a key factor for success - we need to learn how to make a greater impact with fewer resources. We need to put ourselves in their shoes and understand what would motivate them to join forces with us.

And we must not focus solely on the economic motivation of others. Emotions (or affairs of the heart) are ultimately much more powerful motivators. Thus, we need a system that satisfies basic human needs unconditionally.

And as we look around, we should avoid a transactional view of others and instead focus on how to build long-term relationships based on trust. These trust-based relationships will be the key to unlocking the potential for faster mutual learning by tackling significant performance challenges that require joint efforts to solve. If we can unlock this scalable learning potential, we can create even greater motivation to work together over time.

If done right, a glance at the round can unleash a powerful third form of growth. Most institutions today are thinking about growth in terms of two options - make or buy - either grow organically or make a major acquisition. As I have already written elsewhere, there is a third way to grow, which is not yet on the agenda, but which must nevertheless be pursued - growth with leverage. How can we engage with and mobilize a growing number of third parties to deliver value to our customers and stakeholders while generating some of that value for ourselves? In other words, we need to understand to what extent we want to grow, and when it is time to stop.

If we look around us, we can also develop strategies that restructure entire markets or industries rather than being content to simply anticipate and adapt to coming changes.

Look inside

This is the most ambitious approach to broadening horizons. In times of growing pressure to perform, we understandably begin to be driven by fear. Since fear is generally seen as a sign of weakness, we tend not to acknowledge fear. We hide from our emotions and focus on the avalanche of short-term events and the flood of external data that can distract us from what is going on inside us.

But if we do not understand the emotions that shape our thoughts and actions, we will have little hope of achieving the kind of impact needed to thrive in an exponentially changing world. We must look inward and explore the emotions that drive us. We must feel fear.

Instead of living in denial, we need to accept and understand these emotions. Then we must find ways to develop these emotions so that we can move from fear to hope and excitement. The real goal here is to find the passion of the researcher, which I believe lives in all of us, waiting to be discovered and cultivated.

Let me make one thing clear. I do not believe that we will ever eliminate fear as an emotion within us. Again, this is a natural and understandable feeling in a world of growing pressure to perform. Instead, we need to cultivate other emotions that will help us move forward despite this fear. Those who have the passion of the researcher definitely feel fear - they try things that have never been done before, where there is a high risk of failure. But they are driven by the enthusiasm to make a greater impact, and this helps them to move forward despite the fear that lurks within them.

In this context, we need to understand how broadening our horizons to other dimensions can also help us to confront the fear that may hold us back. As we look ahead, we can begin to see inspiring possibilities that we never thought possible. These opportunities can help to create hope and excitement.

As we look around us, we can begin to see others who are similarly motivated to face these opportunities. We are not alone. We can receive support and energy from others, especially if we focus on building deep relationships based on trust, where we can feel comfortable, share our emotions and be willing to rely on others as we embark on this journey together.

Bottom line

We need to find ways to overcome the growing pressure to perform and take advantage of the exponentially growing opportunities created by the Meta Transition. The only way to achieve this is to broaden our horizons. We must look ahead, look around, and look inwards. And we cannot do just one of these things. We must do all three together.

And we cannot just look. We must act in all three dimensions because the most effective way to learn is through action.

And we should not only do this at the level of our institutions. We must do it as individuals and as a society. The greatest reward will come if we broaden our horizons at all three levels - individuals, institutions and society.

And the rewards will be monumental. We have the chance to achieve far more of our potential if we start to see how, by coming together, we can seize opportunities that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago.

What does it mean to be a true lover?

Long time no see

I was writing an article about our shrinking Horizon. In the last few weeks, I was reading a lot of ancient books. And wow there are powerful. Everything living is family. We have one mother, this land we are living from. We can´t take everything from her. That makes us brothers and sisters. 10000 years of wisdom is gone, we need to find and reconnect with this "tribe" again and build modern anxiety to learn and grow with each other. White people need to understand the system they have created to escape from it. Ancient Wisdom and New Technology will be a powerful symbiosis.

I am calling for a more ethical and inclusive movement to counter the existing startup venture culture. I believe creating an alternative to this status quo is a moral imperative.

There's a tremendous opportunity to create more tribes where people connect. I already participate in many of them around the world. And could not be happier about it. During this time I deeply miss the physical connection with all of them.

Unfortunately, many of those recent events turned into school-like conferences, not the emotional connections that are desired. It becomes more and more important to have events where attendees are aligned with others and build a tribe(s).

You can create an advance with a team that knows one another from work, or even more profoundly, with a bunch of independent thinkers who come together to energize, inspire and connect. We like to gather, sing, host conversations, and design spaces that inspire co-creativity and joy.

I believe in our incredible potential as humans to love and I advocate every day for our expansion and growth into that loving capacity we all carry.

Malte Wagenbach

How to increase Clarity?

Clarity Increasing

Hey all - I typed this out to help me understand, well... how to understand things. And already sorry that we don´t really have like a content schedule :-)

Mental clarity is the ability to read reality accurately. The human brain has hardly changed in the past 200,000 years. Many of the errors in our thinking are due to our inability to cope with the complexities of the modern world. While we probably can’t entirely solve this problem, we can certainly improve our thinking tools, through awareness of our biases and an understanding of how the mind works.

I do not mean that you can look at the full objective picture of an event because you do not have direct access to it. I am talking about the ability to read the data presented by your subjective experience: thoughts, sights, sounds, etc. Once you have a clear picture of what these data are, you can go ahead and build or distort your ideas about the world. There are basically two types of realities, the one in your head and the one around you. The physical reality. I’ve lately been interested in a category of clarity-increasing thingies that might be sensibly described as “the relationship between a cognitive process and its environment” and by “environment”.

I meant to include several things here, as it is not one way to go.

The inner mental environment: the cognitive and emotional situation in which a thought pattern is located. For Example: If a part of my mind is trying to enumerate how much money I have spent in the last month, and local mental processes for some reason desperately want the answer to be "very little", my clarity of thought may not be so great when enumerating. I expect that well-maintained inner mental environments - those that promote clear thinking - tend to have qualities such as abundance, breadth, and down-to-earth.

The internal physical environment: the physiological state of a body. For example, hydration seems to play a shockingly important role in how well I maintain my inner mental environment while I am thinking. If I am trying to solve a problem and have not had a drink for two hours, I am probably trying to work in a state of frustration and impatience. The same applies to sleep, exercise and the human capability to survice in most circumstances.

The external physical environment: the sensory information coming in from the outside world and the feedback patterns created by external objects and perceptual processes. When I have had a conversation in one room and then move to another room, I often feel as if I have left half of my thoughts behind. I maintain that in your relationship to the outside environment you can more or less use the supporting potential of the environment and that environments can be arranged in a way that promotes clarity of thought. This also happens to us when we go for a walk and a long-forgotten thought reappears. Also when we read books in different languages, we remember most of the things in the language we were reading.

The social environment: people, especially those who are frequently encountered. The social environment is basically just one part of the external physical environment, but it is such an unusual part that I think it should be emphasized. First of all, it has strong effects on the inner mental environment. The phrase "politics is the mind-killer" means something like "if you want to design the social environment to maximize the sloppiness of the mind, then I have a deal for you". Second, other minds have the remarkable ability to contain complex cognitive processes that in turn are located at all levels of the environment. If you have ever confided in a close, reasonable friend who has had some distance from your own inner turmoil, you know what I'm getting at here. I have been thinking a lot lately about how to build a "healthy community" in which I can place my thoughts. A good way to think about what I am trying to do is to cultivate the qualities of interpersonal interaction that will lead to a quality, well-maintained internal mental environment for everyone involved.

If we really want to empower people, I do not want them to postpone their quest for meaning to me. But I also don't want them to do lazy, shitty meaning-seeking or put it off for someone else. That means I want them to increase the quality of their own search for meaning, i.e. the depth of their care, their anti-nihilism, the depth of their seriousness, their own self-reflexivity, their bias and where their sloppiness in thinking, their own abilities and capacities grow. I want them to let their attention span and both the clarity of their logic and the clarity of their intuition grow, and to notice when something comes from intuition or logic and how they can relate all these things. That is actually what more sovereignty means.

Let´s create meaningful and sustainable upgrades to personal well-being. Happy to talk with you.

A bit Offtopic, Health and Clarity:

https://blog.daveasprey.com/how-to-improve-focus-brain-power/

https://www.verywellmind.com/things-you-can-do-to-improve-your-mental-focus-4115389

The Future Is Greener Than You Think

In my network, many share a similar obsession. We want to create desirable futures.

Now more than ever

Our planet needs

Your light to thrive

In my network, many share a similar obsession. We want to create desirable futures. While I'm listening to my Buena Vista Social Club playlist again, which always makes me feel like I'm on vacation. I want to talk about a greener future. Because it seems to me that this topic has been lost in the last months.

Discerning the truth. There is an information war going on right now that never before has been seen on such a large scale, corporations like Google and Youtube have heavily censored information coming from Doctors and experts. This creates a great deal of confusion and as Daniel Schmachtenberger coins it, this is a war on sensemaking. Covid-19 is showing us that when humanity is united in common cause, phenomenally rapid change is possible. None of the world’s problems are technically difficult to solve; they originate in human disagreement. In coherency, humanity’s creative powers are boundless. Many times we are looking for the most complex solutions, not the simplest one. For Consultants and more a complex solution is easier to sell, cause there is an information asymmetry. We are living with complex systems all the time, but that does not mean we need a complex solution for that. What we need is a solution that works, and if it does not work anymore, we need to change it. This is called the Linda effect, and with our Jungle Thinking Method, we also keep that in mind.

After years of recycling, carbon offsetting, and light bulb replacement, it is clear that individual action will never be an adequate response to the climate crisis. Climate change is a collective problem and it requires collective action. One of the key areas where this collective action must take place is in large-scale investments aimed at reducing our emissions on a large scale. That means metros, trams and light rail systems that are not only everywhere but affordable and perhaps even free of charge for everyone; energy-efficient, affordable housing along these transit routes; smart grids that transport renewable energy; and massive research efforts to ensure that we use the best possible methods.

The private sector is poorly placed to provide most of these services as they require large up-front investments and if they are to be truly accessible to all, some of them may not be profitable. They are, however, firmly in the public interest, which is why they should come from the public sector. Completely new infrastructure models are needed, which are long-term and interchangeable. It is not important how well thought these ideas are on paper are. But more important than they will work (remember the Linda Effect).

In addition to reversing the privatization trend in recent years, a serious response to the climate threat is to recover art that has been relentlessly denigrated in these decades of market fundamentalism: planning. A lot of planning. Industrial planning. Land-use planning. And not only on a national and international level. Every city and community in the world needs a plan for how to move away from fossil fuels, what we might call an "energy descent action plan". In those cities and communities that have taken this responsibility seriously, the process has opened up rare spaces for participatory democracy, with neighbors convening consultative meetings in town halls to exchange ideas on how to reorganize their communities to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience for tough times ahead. Sometimes I go so far and tell myself, we should continue everything like it is now for the next 10 years and came up with a plan and consequences for those who not stick to the plan. It will be about results and not about predictions.

Climate change demands other forms of planning as well, particularly for workers whose jobs will become obsolete as we wean ourselves off fossil fuels. A few “green jobs” training sessions aren’t enough. These workers need to know that real jobs will be waiting for them on the other side. We see the same shift currently for corporates who needs “Digital” Knowledge. That means bringing back the idea of planning our economies based on collective priorities rather than corporate profitability—giving laid-off employees of car plants and coal mines the tools and resources to get equally secure jobs making subway cars, installing wind turbines and cleaning up extraction sites, to cite just a few examples. Some of this will be in the private sector, some in the public realm, and some in cooperatives, with worker-run green co-ops serving as a possible model.

What I am looking for?

For the last few years, I am quite interested in the combination of Biology and Technology and found some companies within this field with so much power to change industries (if you know some investors let me know).

But what is Biomimicry?

Biomimicry is based on the idea that we can take inspiration from nature when solving problems in design and engineering. Humans use the biodiversity found in nature as a material, yet it is also a major source of information from which we can draw inspiration through biomimicry, providing models that can be replicated, especially in terms of transition and adaptation.

This need to reconcile the Technosphere, created by humans, with the biosphere, to which we belong, is one of the major challenges of our time. Although the human brain is very powerful and capable of remarkable inventions, we are fundamentally biological beings, who are a part of a biological ecosystem.

This reconciliation, in essence, requires that we converge our economic systems and activities with the great system of life on which our survival depends. In practical terms, this means focusing on two essential points of reference: climate change and the impact on biodiversity. Humans have always known how to adapt, but lessons can be learned from nature about crisis mitigation, with one example being how oceans and trees absorb carbon. Therefore, it is essential to establish a framework for skills and knowledge development, as well as for all of our interactions, which puts the oceans, the climate and biodiversity at its heart.

But for most of the projects I see this is a less watched topic. Unfortunately! Let us have a look at the EU.

So in the EU, we have got a plan?

Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy that transforms the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where

  • there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050

  • economic growth is decoupled from resource use

  • no person and no place is left behind

The European Green Deal is our roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable. This will

  • happen by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas

  • and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

The European Green Deal provides a roadmap with actions to

  • boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy

  • restore biodiversity and cut pollution.

It outlines the investments needed and financing tools available and explains how to ensure a just and inclusive transition. But it is less focused on antifragile systems and truly change. It will. Build upon the same fragile operating system we already have. And if we are moving towards some problems, it will be hard to shift.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/files/annex-roadmap-and-key-actions_en

They are saint that the EU will also provide financial support and technical assistance to help people, businesses, and regions that are most affected by the move towards the green economy. This is called the Just Transition Mechanism and will help mobilize at least €100 billion over the period 2021-2027 in the most affected regions. Let us see how that will work.

If you are interested in more, you will find some more information here:

https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal/actions-being-taken-eu_en

Worth reading today:

How to cut CO2 by 65%?

https://www.endseurope.com/article/1684692/official-data-shows-eu-cut-co2-65-2030-say-environmentalists

Mental models help us understand the world better, something which is especially valuable during times of confusion, like a pandemic. Here’s how to apply mental models to gain a more accurate picture of reality and keep a cool head.

https://fs.blog/2020/05/pandemic/

Know your Domain — The Cynefin Framework

https://medium.com/10x-curiosity/know-your-domain-the-cynefin-framework-dc28648558f1

A very nice Podcast

-> https://greendreamer.com/

That´s it for today, btw for the German speakers. There is also a new Podcast Episode out.

https://anchor.fm/wegbereiter

best,

Malte

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