Goals

To devise and implement systems that facilitate social and economic transition towards an ecologically sustainable and beneficial, and enjoyable, human presence on the planet.

Projects/Programs

●  ALT.ECO- MakeNet, The Food Web, InvestNet, The Community Market, Exchange

●  Globoloko

●  NSAT Education

●  Community Arts Centers


Project Introduction

ALT.ECO

The goals of ALT.ECO are substantial- to provide a platform that gives rise to an ecological sound and sustainable economic model that concurrently elevates the human quality of individual lives and communities. ALT.ECO proposes to do this by treating the internet as an electronic ecosystem, designing systems that can function and penetrate the economy at low levels initially (i.e. single person to small group utility) and then grow and spread. Systems that have in their code, in their DNA, algorithms that push interactions towards ecological sustainability and an elevated human reality.


ALT.ECO proposes to develop Social-Ecologic-Economic networking applications designed:

•   to maximize material and energetic cycles at the level of local economies 

•   to be appealing and functional from the very beginning of small network clusters

•   to grow and spread organically through the virtual and material landscape

•   to absorb and capture an increasing proportion of economic activity and endeavors

•   to reduce the footprint of human material and energetic activity

•   to maximize the quality and economic sanity of individual lives and communities


Networks that result in motion towards an evolved economy that transforms us from performing a negative, to performing a positive ecological role on the planet. Networks that are built with algorithms that nudge economic interactions in the direction of minimized material transport, minimized energy usage, minimized environmental impact and waste; and maximized efficiency, quality, longevity, value, and depth of quality of life.


ALT.ECO will be comprised of multiple applications tailored to different aspects of economic structures.

ALT.ECO MakeNet

 ALT.ECO MakeNet borrows much from modern Supply Chain information systems to facilitate the building of increasingly complete local and regional supply chain clusters, with local manufacture at the base, resulting in increasingly complete and self-sufficient local and regional economies. A key tool within MakeNet is what we’re calling the “Material/Energy Pathways Finder.” Picture a mapping route finder app that finds the shortest/quickest way between points A and B using a set of algorithms that determine minimum road segment lengths, maximum speed limits, minimum number of stop lights, etc. A key structural component of ALT.ECO is the analogous “material/energy/quality pathways finder” that determines the most ecologically favorable, most socially beneficial, most sustainable paths between producer and consumer and other source and destination pathways. This pathway is determined by a set of algorithms that minimize the variables of material transport, energy usage, environmental impact and waste; and maximum efficiency, quality, value, and depth of quality of life.

As manufacturers and businesses begin to join the network, the system will be able to identify missing components for any given locality. Identifying these missing components essentially identifies opportunities for existing businesses to join the network or new businesses to fill the niches in a locality or region. Businesses taking advantage of these opportunities help to bring in participants and strengthen and grow local and regional MakeNet clusters, providing a positive feedback loop that facilitates the penetration of ALT.ECO into overall economic activity


ALT.ECO Food Web

From a simple garden planner application useful on a single person’s balcony, to a complex web of households, communities and small farms, the Food Web is a tool to facilitate maximizing food production in and for local communities. With a simple measure of percent self-sufficiency, individuals, friends, families, communities and regions are drawn to become increasingly interconnected and self-sufficient in meeting their food production needs.

ALT.ECO Community Market

A web-based distribution tool for ALT.ECO endeavors that links local producers to local consumers adaptively through the suite of existing distribution methods including traditional brick and mortar shops, modern web-based shopping and distribution, and other methods as they’re developed and become applicable.

ALT.ECO InvestNet

As described above for MakeNet, as ALT.ECO networks develop, as local clusters of businesses and supply chains become increasing complete, missing components will become readily apparent. These missing components are business opportunities and these business opportunities are essentially investment opportunities. Investments in the ALT.ECO system provide a positive feedback mechanism for further growth of ALT.ECO resulting in increased participation, strengthened ALT.ECO local and regional clusters, and increased competitiveness of ALT.ECO against existing economic structures.

ALT.ECO Exchange

Block chain alternative currencies appear to be poised to make significant inroads into impacting and transforming aspects of the world economy. The technology has a great potential to be useful in providing an exchange currency system for ALT.ECO networks, either with existing cryptocurrencies or a cryptocurrency developed specifically for ALT.ECO.

Globoloko

A website/application that brings local music to the world and the world to local music.

NSAT Education

Natural Sciences and Appropriate Technology schools. A pre-K thru 12 approach to education that integrates knowledge of the earth and ecologically-sound interactions with it into a rigorous academic and creative curriculum. NSAT education aims to teach a balanced and complete curriculum organized around two main framework components- the natural sciences and technology- and the connection between them. Earth and Natural Sciences- our scientific knowledge and understanding of the natural world- geology, biology, astronomy, meteorology, ecology, paleontology, etc. Technology- the application of our intelligence, hands and the tools we develop to augment how we live in the natural world.

Beginning with age-appropriate play and activities centered in the natural world, then moving to subject-based teaching, Math, English, Science, Art, etc. would be taught through the lens of an exploration of the natural world.

Beginning with Waldorf education-like knitting the curriculum flows through working with plant and animal derived materials, to clay, stone, wood, metal, plastics and other synthetics, electronics, etc. Along with learning how to work with these materials, and how these technologies are manifested in the world around them, hands-on attention would be given to how the materials are derived from the natural world and how their use effects the natural world.

Community Arts Centers

While afterschool sports are a positive thing, as are music lessons, drama groups, etc. there is a general lack of other creative outlets, particularly in the middle school and high school years and ages. And while Maker Spaces partially address this shortcoming for adults, creative outlet opportunities could be better. Community Arts Centers address these shortcomings. Imagine centrally-located buildings or small campuses that house woodshops, metal shops, pottery studios, art studios, sculpture studios, electronic shops, recording studios, performance stages- a full range of creative spaces open as long as feasible each day and night. Qualified adults would have fees waived, or rent waived for professional use, in exchange for oversight. Basic use and rigorous safety training would be offered for teens and adults for use of the various shops and equipment, after which they’re open to unstructured use and more. 


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