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What I do

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This blog presents my work envisioning sustainable living arrangements for cities and rural areas. I also work with alternative financing strategies that support sustainable development.

As we are reaching the end of the industrial age, I believe we need  a positive vision of the future without abundant fossil fuel. Read More »What I do

Common Man Chapter Three – Getting lectured at

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Here follows an excerpt from a coming novel with the working title “Common man” which is a novel about a journalist who sets out to come up with an alternative form of world governance. The novel is a product of imagestreaming, a technique of invention and creativity developed in the 80s by Dr. Win Wenger. For more information about imagestreaming, and about other imagestreamed novels and stories, visit this link. If you’d like to be kept up to date as new chapters get published, sign up using the form in the right-hand column. More chapters are here.

Before I asked to return to the centre of global
Commons governance I sat down to take stock. My last visit gave me sense of
foreboding that something was wrong.

Two things stuck with me: The first was the concept of the world as a library of molecules. Organisations check the molecules out, use them to provide essential services and then put them back. This is a basic commons pattern – originally villager grazed their animals on the common land, all sharing and managing the resource equally. Today, some neighbourhoods have developed tool libraries with things like drills, lawnmowers, snowblowers etc. To extend the concept to molecules feels right.

The other thing that is with me is the idea emerging
of moral direction where decisions are rooted in the legacy of the past,
looking forward to providing a legacy for coming generations taking into
account the limited choices ahead which are predicated by the current
situation.

In terms of using the imagestream technique I had a feeling I have been too cavalier with the insights. There is so much theory to learn about governance and I have hardly the first clue; I maybe should have done more homework on the verification side.

I was floundering. How did it all hang together? Law, policy, how are decisions enacted? And what about sovereignty? In my request I’d asked to get some gaps filled in. Anyway, it probably explains the brusque reception I got when I arrived at the terminus in my Imagestream.

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Common Man: Chapter 2. The search for a new governance system continues.

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The following is an excerpt from a coming book “Common man” which is a novel about a journalist who sets out to come up with an alternative form of world governance. The novel is a product of imagestreaming, a technique of invention and creativity developed in the 80s by Dr. Win Wenger. For more information about imagestreaming, and about other imagestreamed novels and stories, visit this link. If you’d like to be kept up to date as new chapters get published, sign up using the form in the right-hand column. If you haven’t read the first chapter you might want to here. The video below explains why a story is needed and gives some of the motivation behind the book project.

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Common, not economic, Man: Chapter one a place of governance.

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The following is an excerpt from a coming book “Common man” which is a novel about a journalist who sets out to come up with an alternative form of world governance. The novel is a product of imagestreaming, a technique of invention and creativity developed in the 80s by Dr. Win Wenger. For more information about imagestreaming, and about other imagestreamed novels and stories, visit this link. If you’d like to be kept up to date as new chapters get published, sign up using the form in the right-hand column.

They say
all journeys start with the first step. Mine didn’t; it started with some kind
of rearrangement of atoms in my intuition. It felt like turbulence swirling in
the mixing bowl of my gut feeling; mind, matter and soul, that came to rest in
a deep urge to explore a new form of governance of global issues.

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Signals of Peace – CIrcular Economy Special

Our analysis of signals of change in the world tell us that there are major changes being called for.

Eliminate poverty – we already decided

The Sustainable Development goals set a new precedent for human development and it is still sinking in that the majority of countries in the world have signed up to eliminating poverty (SDG1) and hunger (SDG2) and eliminating threats to the environment.Read More »Signals of Peace – CIrcular Economy Special

Circular economy in diagrams: where logic breaks down and where financial incentives can work

Are your circle economy diagrams confusing your audience? This article aims to help you communicate clearly. As a staunch aficionado of reaching a resilient economy through sustainability I am all for circle economy thinking- if it ensures people get food on the table and a roof over their heads. Unclear delivery will not help our cause. We talk of circle economy from two angles: economy as a form of housekeeping and economy in terms of monetary flows. These are not always the same thing. The final section suggests a solution.

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