How Do We Design Systemically from the Inside Out?
A practical post about energy and geopolitics
Now that geopolitics finally got an ugly face, the face of a megalomaniac, ruthless dictator, Europe, and America scratch their heads. Finally, the urgency is felt of some redesign of human systems. Economies. Societies. Business models.
Sad that it has to come this far. But good that it finally happens.
Luckily, Blue Economy and Biomimicry have been systemically designing since the 1970s, so the answers are readily available. We can design with scope instead of just scale. We can scale in fractals. And we can put a big WHY in the core of our design.
Life, health, and freedom for all. Full autonomy combined with responsibility.
I get a lot of questions about systemic design from the inside out. Nature designs all systems using what they have locally available. All systems are nested and interconnected.
Creating infinite possibilities with diversity and scope.
Nature distributes value, energy, and resources over nodes. Call them the acupuncture points. And don't think they are only material. Nature works with water, air, and ether more than anything else. Our bodies are 99.9999999% space.
So, how does this nested designing method work practically? There are not many factories and machines yet with pipes (veins) flexible enough to help the engine (heart) pump a fluid in a rhythm... A whale's heart knows how to do it. But we?
We haven't really bothered so far...
We are not yet there that we have energy technology like astrophysics know is possible. Nikola Tesla came close. And I meet the innovators now who explore with a core and vacuum. But it's not real yet. And luckily so. This technology can be used as a weapon too. We need consciousness to be raised first.
So, how do we innovate practically? Realistically? Today? Well, let me try to explain. You start with the issue, let's take energy. You start with the smallest.
We always design with a core and permeable skin (connection to the next layers). What is important in the energy of a building?
In every layer, we work with SCOPE. Use what we have and make effective combinations. If you choose solar panels, make sure the grid changes too. 12/24V is enough for most of our needs. We always want to be as self-sufficient as possible with as little energy loss (transportation). And we keep a little valve open to the next layer.
That's the permeable skin.
If you want to go super innovative (in Japan they apply this technology) you will use the pressure of the roof - gravity energy - combined with piezo electronics and earthquake-resistant building. An idea for Groningen? Our gas field area?
What about the area? We always analyze a biome. Identify what's locally available.
What's a biome? It's the ecosystem + the local culture. Some countries only go for high-tech. Others don't want to be dependent on companies for e.g. maintenance. They would choose lower-tech, like relay technology, instead of software.
The decision-makers will always be inspired by the full scope of infinite possibilities. And then choose the best local solution. A temporary solution, always. Nature, our planet, our universe always works with the temporary.
We want quick evolution now. A quick shift from industrial, polluting, waste-creating, to electronic scope combinations. Produced by phytomining instead of mining. We are meant to work together with nature. With plants. With water. With air. And ether.
And that means not getting stuck. So, we choose wisely. Effective solutions with little investment because we don't want to be prisoned again in the next technological lock-in.
In my country, Mijnwater is currently the best example of an innovative energy supply using what we have locally. In Limburg, they use the warm water in the old mine shafts for the energy of whole areas.
I'm so surprised not all relevant areas in The Netherlands and Belgium have implemented the same. But maybe now, with geopolitics rising, we will become wiser... and way more imaginative than we have ever been before...
And if you want to design your own model for whatever issue? Try designing from the inside out. We design whole economies with citizens, children as the core. Or business models with core and scope. Or what if we want to design a society based on trust?
This design method from the inside out gives you immediate priority actions. The actions closest to the core have to be implemented first...
In the next posts, I'll tell you about cheap as well. Why is everything so bloody expensive?
Stay tuned for the book Abundanism...