A World Fair Event!

A World Fair Event!


WHAT IF WE COULD ACCELERATE THE GLOBAL TRANSITION TOWARDS A MORE "CIRCULAR" ECONOMY THROUGH A GLOBAL WORLD FAIR EVENT?"

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WHAT IF WE COULD ACCELERATE THE GLOBAL TRANSITION TOWARDS A MORE "CIRCULAR" ECONOMY THROUGH A GLOBAL WORLD FAIR EVENT?"

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History of the World Fair

A Thought Experiment:


Our World today is in Crisis: Global Climate Change, Resource Depletion, Species Extinction & Growing Inequalities are just some of the challenges confronting us today. The science is in, according to The 2018 IPCC Report: We have just ten years to radically transform our global economy into one that is more sustainable, or else.  This is what we know so far: under the current economic system we have successfully wiped out over 60% of all wild-life on Earth in the last forty years. Let that sink in for a moment: under the current economic system we have successfully wiped out over 60% of all wild-life on Earth in just the last forty years. 

See: 2018 Living Planet Report


Yes. The debate is over - The Sixth-Mass Extinction is upon us - now the big question is "can we do something about it?"


Reporting on the reality of climate change is hard. Living life as if  nothing has changed once a lesson is learned is even harder. If we are  willing to take the science seriously then we must begin to act as global citizens committing ourselves on every level towards the total redesign of just  about everything the modern economy has to offer. This is a daunting challenge and it seems many of us are asking the same questions: "How  are we going to radically transform the global economy without a bloody revolution? How are we going to actively engage every person alive  today in the urgency of this moment? What are we going to do?"


The scope and vision needed to solve these problems seem insurmountable, yet, as reality has it written in its very code - if we can conceive of a plan of action, we can make it happen:  


For over 150 years, The World Fair has awed and inspired an anticipating public. Since it's inception in 1791, The World Fair has been a conduit introducing all the wonders of invention the Industrial Revolution has had to offer. From the steam engine to mass assembly lines, The World Fair gave us a glimpse of the world of tomorrow, today.


It is now our time to set into motion the new co-creative chain-reaction of The Forth Industrial Revolution:


All over the world people are becoming more attuned to the challenges confronting us today, side effects directly linked to the Industrial Revolution. We are becoming deeply concerned about where everything we create goes when we're done with it. We are  concerned about our children and the world they are to inherit. We think about supply-chains and sustainable industrial feed-stocks. We think about building robots to mine landfills, to plant trees, and to reseed coral reefs.  We think about  micro-grids and cleaning up river's. We think of remediating soil and  restoring habitat loss in super-fund sites. We think about relocating  the means of production to the point of consumption. We think about  vertical farming and inner-city food security. We dream of creating  peace on Earth and spreading good will towards all the living. Why? Because it  makes evolutionary sense for us to do so.


Yes. Our world is in crisis and It is paramount that all mankind joins in on this quest towards the total redesign of our global economy. We understand the fear many hold when the thought of economic change enters the arena of everyday living. It is unfortunate that many are unable to financially meet an advancing world with confidence. We want you to know that you will not be left behind. 


Circular Cities 2030 will set the stage for a Global World Fair Event that will happen simultaneously in every city around the world. Our inspiration is the  adaptation of our built environment to better suite our living world. No one solution will be the silver bullet. Our goal is to ignite and inspire a comprehensive-collaborative plan of action that is both robust and open to change, where investors and innovators unit with unified  purpose setting into motion a more equitable game.


This website is designed for the exploration of ideas.  It is a work in progress and is therefore constantly evolving. This website  is dedicated  to the Sciences:  to the artists & engineers engaging reality to change the course of man. 


 Are you ready to take a vision quest in design revolution?


Let's Play "Not Work' in this Utopian High-Tech Enterprise:

From Linear to Circular Cities

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This poster "Circular Cities Restorative and Regenerative by Design" was designed in collaboration with Smart City Expo & Circular Summit. It is a great visual introduction to these ideas we are about to explore:

Sources: Cities in the Circular Economy: An Initial Exploration

so What is a Circular city?

"A Circular City seeks to regenerate prosperity, increase livability, while aiming to decouple the creation of value from the consumption of finite resources."


Circular Cities are the Applied Logistics of a Circular Economy:

The Goal: closing the loop

As cities become more circular they will become more unique, evolving into bio-regions of Industry & Trade, from this creativity will respond with spontaneous action as the access points to the means of production become more localized. 


The Circular City Challenge is based on three principles:


  1. Regenerate Natural Systems
  2. Design out Waste and Pollution
  3. Keep Products, Components, and Materials in use at their highest value

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A circular economy is by nature an inclusive economy. It is both restorative and regenerative by design. Our objective is the total redesign of everything the modern economy has to offer in an effort to re-stabilize Earth's ecosystems, while creating a world of abundance for all Earth citizens. 


Resources:

Circular Economy in Cities: is a suite of online resources which provide a reference point for policy makers.


Investing in the new world

The Collaboration

Circular Economy

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A circular economy is an industrial system that extends beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial  model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails actively decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of systems.

Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the  circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.

A Circular Economy simplifies resource management, in that it is all about doing more with less.
It is about designing reality  through the total redesign of the goods and services we are all dependent on. 


The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Circular Economy 2030


  1. Ending Poverty: in all its forms everywhere
  2. Ending Hunger: achieve food security & improved nutrition & promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Good Health & Well Being: Ensure healthy lives & promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education & promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Gender Equality: empower all 
  6. Clean Water & Sanitation: Ensure availability & sustainable management of water & sanitation 
  7. Affordable & Clean Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable & modern energy for all
  8. Decent Work & Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive & sustainable economic growth
  9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive & sustainable industrialization & foster innovation
  10. Reduce Inequality: Reduce inequality within & among countries
  11. Sustainable Cities & Communities: Make cities & human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient & sustainable
  12. Responsible Consumption & Production: Ensure sustainable consumption & production patterns
  13. Climate Action:Take urgent action to combat climate change & its impacts
  14. Life Below Water: Conserve & sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Life on Land: Protect, restore and promote sustainable  use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat  desertification, & halt and reverse land degradation & halt  biodiversity loss
  16. Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions: Promote peaceful & inclusive societies  for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all & build  effective, accountable & inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Partnerships for the Goals: Strengthen the means of implementation & revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


We have a lot of work to do! 

Let's Make this Transition Fun!
 

References/Resources:
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Cradle to Cradle

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Circular Economy 2030

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How Can We Achieve the Impossible?


Let's reiterate: We have just ten years to radically transform our global economy into one that is more sustainable, or else. 


"To spur action and innovation SAP and Google Cloud have

 partnered to co-sponsor a sustainability initiative for social  entrepreneurs called Circular Economy 2030.  Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for revenue-generating ideas using data analytics and machine learning that work toward creating a circular economy in which consumption and emissions are minimized through recycling, reuse, refurbishing, and repair."


Added to this list of investors: 

The Giving Pledge


A new co-creative narrative is emerging setting the stage for new ideas and events to evolve. We are drawn towards the mission statements of circular economy operatives (CEO's) that tend to think dynamically about systems change, repair, and  recovery, and as swarm intelligence suggests,  the main reason why the Circular Economy  is spreading as fast as it is, is because  it makes evolutionary sense:


This is our survival of the fittest moment.


Our goal as investors and  innovators united is to apply and embed circular economy principles into the fabric of every day life. We are committed to finding robust solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and towards applying them on the local - Bio-Regional landscapes of our cities and towns.


To Be Continued:


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Green New Deal

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What is the Green New Deal?


The Green New Deal is a proposed economic stimulus program in the  United States that aims to address climate change and economic  inequality. The name refers to the New Deal, a set of social and  economic reforms and public works projects undertaken by President  Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression.


It is proposed that once enacted, the Circular Economy paired with The Green New Deal could generate more then 4.5 trillion in new economic output by 2030


"The Green New Deal works towards the total overhaul of our decaying fossil fuel economy into a  new, green economy that is environmentally sustainable, economically  secure and socially just. " 


"The Green New Deal starts with transitioning  to 100%  renewable energy by 2030.  This is a ambitious goal. It requires an immediate end to all investments, both public and private, in fossil fuels (including natural  gas) and related infrastructure. "


By investing in social entrepreneurs whose mission statements transform  the current linear take-make-waste economy - into a more circular economy,  The Green New Deal's goal is to transform the us economy into one that is more resilient and regenerative by design.


"The Green New Deal will enable all citizens to spend more time on education, creating art, scientific research and invention – more time enjoying the world we live in,” 


The Green New Deal in Europe:

Towards a Circular Economy 


The European Commission adopted an action plan in 2015 to help  accelerate Europe's transition towards a circular economy, boost global  competitiveness, promote sustainable economic growth and generate new  jobs.


The action plan sets out 54 measures to "close the loop" of product  life-cycles: from production and consumption to waste management and the  market for secondary raw materials. It also identifies five priority  sectors to speed up the transition along their value chain (plastics,  food waste, critical raw materials, construction and demolition, biomass  and bio-based materials).  It puts a strong emphasis on building strong  foundation on which investments and innovation can thrive.


Resources: 

Circular City Governance: An explorative research study into current barriers and governance practices in circular city transitions across Europe


To Be Continued:

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building a circular world

Cities in Transition

Climate change & the clean energy rev0lution

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What is Anthropomorphic Climate Change?


One of the saddest truths I've come to learn is that America & the world  lost one of it's clean energy options merely because  alcohol (ethanol) got us drunk. We lost HEMP as an industrial feed-stock for the same reason.


Tragically, 150 years of burning Fossil Fuel has created the perfect storm when paired with Hydro Power:


We now know that from damming the northern rivers we have as a result depleted our forests of their natural nitrogen boosts through the destruction of salmon runs & habitat. 


If  we thought the fires were bad last year, they are only going to get worse. Our northern forests are dry & severely nitrogen deficient. This is a hard truth we are now facing.


Our global energy transition is one of the biggest challenges we face today.


The Challenge: Finding Solutions


Getting beyond the Meter

What is a Micro-Grid?


A Micro-Grid is a localized group of electricity sources and sinks (loads). They typically operate connected to and synchronous with the traditional centralized grid (macrogrid). Our goal towards localized solutions are to   disconnect and maintain operation autonomously. 


In the age of Climate Change our goal is to promote & develop a diverse micro-grid of sources/solutions, to maintain a local resiliency in the advent of sever weather and/or other natural disaster & resulting outages.  


Research: 


The Green Vision of Henry Ford and George Washington Carver: Two Collaborators in the Cause of Clean Industry


Automotive Fuel History: Why Gasoline Beat Alcohol


The challenge is on!


To Be Continued:

Climate Change & The built environment

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The Impact of Climate on Cities


"In social science, the term built environment, or built  world, refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting  for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings to parks. It has  been defined as "the human-made space in which people live, work, and  recreate on a day-to-day basis."


In the age of Climate Change & resulting sea level rise every city, town and  community is one perfect storm away from having to be rebuilt. This is as true today as it was yesterday. 


The biggest challenges our cities  face  today  is how complex our social order has become. It is easy to say we are going to redesign everything but, what exactly does that mean?


Every new process introduced, every new disruptive innovation will have a ripple effect throughout the entirety of our current social order and resulting built environment. As new technologies are unveiled, older technologies will go the way of the dinosaur. It is up to us as artists & engineers to  design new systems that are inclusive and open to change. 


Circular Cities 2030, as a Global World Fair Event, gives us the time-line for applying circular economy changes into the local environment of our cities & towns. As a date, 2030  is not so-far-off into the future that we loose sight of our goals, while it is close enough to the now that as active participants we will get to enjoy the fruits of our labor.  


It's time for us all to get involved!



References:

The Impact of Climate on Cities


To Be Continued:


Climate change & Life on Earth

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What is the Sixth-Mass Extinction?

As we have come to learn, under the current Global Economic System we have successfully wiped out over 60% of all wildlife on Earth in just the last forty years: 


This, the Holocene extinction, otherwise referred to as the Sixth  extinction or Anthropocene extinction, is a current event, and is one of  the most significant extinction events in the history of the Earth.


"This ongoing extinction of species coincides with the present Holocene epoch (approx. 11,700 years), and is mainly a result of human activity."


The biggest challenge we have as a species is the restoration of our home environment - Planet Earth.


I like to think of the Circular Economy when applied to our built environment as the foundation on which we will cultivate our ability as a species to respond to this extinction event with the assertion that our the mission "to redesign everything" is guided by the inspiration towards Healing Earth by Design.


 We have a lot of work to do!


To Be Continued:



social enterprise

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People. Planet. Profit.


Finance in a Circular Economy:


A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial  strategies to maximize improvements in financial, social and  environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact  alongside profits for external shareholders.



Social Entrepreneurship is the use of start-up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs. Social entrepreneurs are either non-profits  or blend for-profit goals with generating a positive "return to  society" and therefore use different metrics. Social  entrepreneurship typically attempts to further broad social, cultural,  and environmental goals often associated with the voluntary sector in areas such as poverty alleviation, health care and community development.

Source: Wikipedia


A new age of  Finance is upon us:


To Be Continued








Industry 4.0

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What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution:


"The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the fourth major industrial  era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. It is  characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines  between the physical, digital and biological spheres, collectively  referred to as cyber-physical systems.


Everything is going to change!


Sources: Ideas to build on


Designing Reality: How to Survive & Thrive in the Third Digital Revolition - Drawing on the history of digitization and exploring the frontiers of research, Designing Reality outlines a vision for a future radically transformed by digital manufacturing - FAB LAB


From Global to Local: The Making of Things and the End of Globalization: For the past thirty years or more, the global economy has been run  based on three big assumptions: globalization will continue to  increase; trade is the route to growth and development; and economic  power is moving from West to East. But what if all these are wrong?


To Be Continued

AI & the circular economy

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Two emerging mega-trends:  


"Artificial intelligence (AI) can play an important role in enabling this systemic shift. AI is a subset of the technologies enabling the emergent ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ era, and deals with models and systems which perform functions generally associated with human intelligence, such as reasoning and learning. AI can complement people’s skills and expand their capabilities. It allows humans to learn faster from feedback, deal more effectively with complexity, and make better sense of abundant data. A growing number of initiatives are exploring how AI can create new opportunities to address some of the world’s most important challenges".

Source: Google Cloud


To Be Continued

Transportation & Logistics

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Wait? What happens to my personal vehicle?

The Future of Transportation in our urban areas and city centers will  be Electric, Autonomous & Shared.

Due to the rapid population growth in our urban areas our cities have become congested cars and resulting pollution.

Gone are the days when we will be required to transport thousands of pounds of resources just to get us from here to there on a whim. 


The future of Transportation


To Be Continued



Inner City Food Security & Urban Agriculture

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Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Urban agriculture, urban farming, or urban gardening is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around urban areas. Urban agriculture can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, urban beekeeping, and horticulture.   Steps Local Communities can take towards localizing food production:

  • allow urban farms and community gardens throughout our cities.
  • Allow residents to sell food grown on their property. 
  • Recognize farmers markets and allow them to flourish where ever there is public demand. 
  • Allow dedicated food production in rooftop greenhouses.   


Vertical Farming:

To Be Continued


Agriculture & Industry sustainable Feed-stocks

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What are Circular Sourced Solutions  (CSS) for Industrial Fees-Stocks:


A Sustainable Industrial Feed-Stock is one defined as a renewable, biological material that can be used directly as a fuel, converted to other forms of fuel or energy. 

Biomass Feed-Stocks are plant and/or algal (other) organic materials used to derive fuels like ethanol, butanol, biodiesel.

One of the key components of a sustainable feed-stock is its sourcing. We need local solutions to offset our global footprints. HEMP is such a resource. 


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On demand Manufacturing

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de-industrialization

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the commons

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Setting the stage

transforming trade routes into tourist traps

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Seattle /G\ 2030

Ground zero

Why Seattle? Why Georgetown? 


It would be easy for me  to say that "Seattle has become a Hot-Bed of Innovation" when all around us are the tell-tale signs of the new world collapsing the old. The struggle between what once was and what wants to be is all around us. As with all modern metropolises in an evolutionary phase, , it is easy to want to hold onto the past - to protect what is now - because that is where our memories lie. Add to this narrative the reality that 4 out of 5 Americans are now living pay-check to pay-check we soon realize that the struggle is real. 


To help guide us along this journey towards re-inventing ourselves and re-imagining  what our built environment could become lets take a moment to reflect on a "tenet" inspired by Buckminster Fuller: “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”


It's all about place.  For myself, Seattle is my home and Georgetown is my hood. Growing up in South Seattle, I have lived and worked in Georgetown for many-many years. This is where my work begins.


See image below - I live where the blue dot is:

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/G\

It's funny, creatively speaking, I have been dreaming/writing/researching Circular Cities for most of my life -(long story/nothing published)- and the creative force behind Circular Cities has been a thought experiment on  human habitat that has evolved over time into something incredible, and once I began to learn more about the Circular Economy these thoughts surrounding Circular Cities found their purpose: We are going to redesign everything. 


Again, it's all about place: It too is weird that creatively speaking, I have been dreaming of a school, a University, that does not yet exist -(An Invisible College)-  it has been a character in a story I have been in the process of writing for a very long time -(again long story/nothing published)- and when I found the campus for Circular Seattle to be a perfect triangle I knew I was in the right place. In fact, I think the proposed campus for Georgetown /G\ is the perfect place in geographical space to begin this game Circular Cities 2030.


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Cities in Transition

Circular Seattle

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Circular Amsterdam

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Circular Berlin

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Circular London

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Circular oslo

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Circular World

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Let's make this transition fun!

Let's throw a party!

Get in touch!

Circular Cities 2030