A World Fair Event!

A World Fair event!

The World in Transition

Climate change & the clean energy rev0lution

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One of the saddest truths I've come to learn is that we lost one of our clean energy options because  alcohol (ethanol) got us high. We lost HEMP (Cannabis)  for the same reason.

Tragically, as a result, 150 years of burning Fossil Fuel has created the perfect storm for our northern forests when paired with Hydro Power:

We now know that from damming the northern rivers we have, as a result, depleted our forests of one their most important natural nitrogen/nutrient boosts through the destruction of anadromous fish runs & surrounding habitats.

Our forests are not just dry from a change in weather patterns they are severely nitrogen/nutrient deficient. They are going to burn. They must be replanted. 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!


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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 | Redefining the grid

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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
On-Demand Manufacturing

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


Wait? What happened to my personal vehicle? 


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 & Sustainable Industrial 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.   


Cities need local solutions to offset their global footprint. HEMP & Ethanol are such resources. 


To Be Continued

On demand Manufacturing

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Oh, My!

De-Industrialization

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Creative-Commons

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