Worldwide network of shared inspiration

My insatisfaction with the way the European Community is dealing with the growth protential of promising and proven pioneers in member countries made me introduce even more strongly the idea of producing a low cost European and potentially worldwide network to share and implement innovation. This is what I made available to all 300 pioniers of the Smart Cities venture:

Introducing STIR Academy

Introducing STIR Academy

Below you can download the pdf as well

Below you can download the pdf as well

Excellence needs to grow

Excellence needs to grow

The pdf can be downloaded here: STIR Academy international

Instantaneous pain relief with walnuts

Gal blader and the intestine
This weekend I suffered again severe pain in my abdomen. I knew where it came from. 6 years ago my gal blader was removed and since then I had these horrible moments of painful intestinal disorder. My guts stopped, probably caused by some food or drink combination. For 4 days life would stop for me until the whole machinery would somehow switch itself on again.

Obviously I had started to watch my lifestyle and even quit drinking alcohol for 3 years! This no one ever expected me to do. My social drinking was nototious and probably the prime cause of the gal blader removal anyway. So you can imagine how fearful I was to the 4 days of pain to let that pleasure go. Hospital visites revealed no issues in the stomage or intestines.

This weekend it happened again. My guts were blocked and pain emerged. In our FRE2SH farm project we deal with walnuts as part of the food of the future. We have 3 full grown trees and try to figure out what to do with the yearly abundance of those trees.


I even had a pot full myself of last years harvest. As I could not eat a proper meal I decided to put a nut into my mouth. Instantly the pain in my belly soothened. I was very much surprised. The effect was instantaneous and I had not even started to chew or swallow!

When I did the pain disappeared completely and my intestines felt as if they were triggered in a way.

To me this miraculous effect could be explained through my own molecular lectures about life. But experiencing it directly was not only a relief but also a motivator to go ahead with FRE2SH as a self sufficient community for food and energy.

Aparently, according some subsequent internet research, the gal liquid has various functions, not just helping digest types of fat. It triggers the functioning of the intestines. My gal bladder was removed so any excess gal production would have be absorbed by small vessels. They could easily get blocked somehow causing the intestinal machinery to stop. The walnut got it all going again by being a gal flow stimulus.

Miraculous experience. If you have a food related medical experience please let me know. I will gladly blog about it and collect the stories for testing or awareness purposes in our FRE2SH activities.

System versus change

“What happens when you lock up 300 eager pioneers in a container of a sinking ship on shipwrecking course with the message that they have to save the ship without food nor support while the ship’s captain and his team party on deck inside their self made safety rafts?”

That was the feeling I got yesterday when I was invited to the first “Smart City and Communities” encounter in Brussels. It was organised by the EU for the 300 smart city commitments that had been gathered earlier this year. People from 30+ countries had invested in creating ideas, some already in phase of implementation, and travelled to Brussels to see if they could get support to further work it out or expand their work. Many of the pioneers had gone little further than expressing an ideal, often technology based, in need for cash. Others, like myself, presented working instruments for change, with a 4 year precedent, hardly any money need and ready for growth.

When you arrive at such EU scene you feel somehow “selected”. After all you received acknowledgment that an idea seems valid for the future of Europe. You expect to be received accordingly. After all, Brussels is the capital of Europe and well known for the many billions of public tax money that is used to sustain banks, governments and, above all, them EU selves. As pioneer of a new era one feels suddenly welcome in a systems reality that can facilitate our growth and new stability. We can indeed save Europe but need support, freedom to create, connections and means.

When we arrived at the meeting centre our cheerful sentiments changed rapidly. The reception inside was a hidden away garage hall where we could collect a badge. A labyrinth of stairways and corridors, resembling a mix of hospital and prison, took us to a side room where we could listen to the monotonous program explanation of a lady with limited communication skills and no charisma. We were asked to join one of the 6 clusters to see how to take steps along a 6 month time line from idea to successful implementation.

Had no one read our commitment? We were not in for such old time industrial nonsense. We were ready to work and expand across Europe. During the opening speech it was made clear that technology would not be leading yet the clusters were managed by people from the largest technological organizations and lobbyists of Europe. Who was fooling who? On the EU Smart City site we could see the billion euro lobby of the big ones and we were there to expose ourselves to them.

The message was clear: “You have to save Europe”, create things that we can eventually sell to others in the world, become successful fast, “it is the performance that counts”, economy rules. “Money needs to make more money”. But there is no money for you so try to strengthen each other. The message was enhanced by a chaotic, hierarchy driven structure, old fashion techniques, boring presentations and set-up. One single piece of bread per person with water for lunch (various people had no lunch!), bad air circulation, over heated meeting rooms, low quality programming, bad hosting, hopelessly poor cocktail ending, it all showed the lack of understanding of EU management forces on how change and entrepreneurship works or how to create involvement.

The overall impression was of a shambles, with total lack of creativity, highly managed, cheapest of the cheap, encounter. For me and my people it felt like an insult when we consider the personal effort we put into co-creating our wellness with strong innovation plans and proof.

System versus culture change
Not the system’s dynamics of mismanagement and political abuse made the day successful for us. It were the 300 beautiful people that had come and tried to connect in the scarce moments of open interaction. Many pioneers had just come for money but those of us who really had something to work with started their own structuring and openly began searching for network contacts to work with. What the system did not achieve was achieved by these people themselves. It showed very clearly the difference between two worlds:

* System oriented people: hierarchy, management, instruct, money driven, growth oriented, avoid change, time managed, fragmented, standards, bureaucratic, etc

* Change oriented people: visionary, (ex)change oriented, value driven, changed and desire growth, entrepreneurial, leadership, break through, etc

The pioneers for change felt of course bored, insulted, misunderstood, abused, etc while the system’s reality tried to structure feedback, avoid chaos, risks and change. They were two different worlds. The system’s world does not understand the world of change. In essence that is the problem of Europe. The EU system tries to solve its issues by applying what caused them in the first place, their own money driven, blindly managed rigidness, influenced by big multinationals that equally have difficulties upholding themselves. The tax payers money should be used to provide a sense of progression and innovation rather that a bureaucratic status quo.

It is good to have met some people who are also in the field of change. If the system wants to uphold itself it has to open up to the invitation of change or be prepared for chaos. That is the evolutionary law of living complexities through counter forces interacting on each other.

Those focused on economic growth only fear chaos and stand progress in the way

Those focused on economic growth only fear chaos and stand progress in the way

Brussels city
It was magnificent when we could turn our back to the prison and cold mechanisms of this encounter to enjoy the human chaos of a beautiful evening on and around the Gran Place of Brussels. We needed a couple of hours and few drinks to shake off the old age disappointment and gather back the positive can-do energy that characterizes our pioneering spirit. Two public demonstrations on the streets showed the  discontent of other people. The beer was good, the evening nice and warm, the food great and the atmosphere overwhelming. Not at all bad after all.

AiREAS international blog

The first Local AiREAS in Eindhoven (Holland) is a precedent of co-creation around  local hotspots of global attention. In this case the attention went to the effects of air pollution on our health due to direct (exposure) and indirect (global warming) consequences.

Air quality -> Human health

Air quality -> Human health

Working together in a purpose driven way by creating Local AiREAS in other cities, and a network of interaction between them all, demands a transparent reflection which we try to achieve via the new International Blog.

We describe the earliest experiences in Eindhoven including the difficulties that we had to overcome to make it happen. Such difficulties can also be expected elsewhere in the world. We can learn from each other buy anticipation, sharing best practice and inspiration.

Feel free to follow the development of the global AiREAS movement to create healthy cities and wellness based communities, at its earliest phase of pioniership and growth. If you feel professionally or personally committed to the higher purpose or know people who are feel free to connect and develop with us the entrepreneurship 21st century for sustainable human progress.

Sustainable human progress

Sustainable human progress

Surprise at city awards for climate battle

Sept 23rd, 2014: Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the winners of the City Climate Leadership Awards 2014 at a ceremony held on Monday night in New York City. The Awards honor cities all over the world for excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change. The winning cities in the ten award categories are:

 Amsterdam (Finance & Economic Development)
 Barcelona (Intelligent City Infrastructure)
 Buenos Aires (Solid Waste Management)
 London (Carbon Measurement & Planning and Air Quality)
 Melbourne (Adaptation & Resilience)
 New York City (Energy Efficient Built Environment)
 Portland (Sustainable Communities)
 Seoul (Green Energy)
 Shenzhen (Urban Transportation)

Read here the entire press release

In the international network circle of AiREAS (citizen’s driven healthy city cooperation, that started in Eindhoven and focuses on air quality and human health) people reacted with surprise that highly polluted London was awarded for Air Quality.

AiREAS is not submitted for these or any other award. We are hence not surprised. If you don’t buy a ticket don’t expect to win the lottery. It is not the state of pollution that matters but the effort a city does to solve the issue for human health and vitality. We @AiREASnl and City of Tomorrow (@STIRfoundation) reason using 4 paradigms, not just one. The award winning cities have every right to be highlighted, in their fragmented technologically innovative way.

What people tend to forget is that cities are the old conglomerates of “industrialised” financial and technological dependencies. People who live in cities enjoy the centralized facilities but depend for their basic needs (water, food, energy, clothing, etc) entirely of the system’s dynamics of the city with the surroundings, still totally based on money. To get access to money the citizens need to work or speculate. Due to system automation cities only develop consumers but not labor. Cities sustain themselves with growth, change, inflation or go broke.

Big enterprises such as Siemens depend on these huge city’s investments in technological solutions so award those that excel in this, rather than those (such as Eindhoven) that develop living lab solutions with their own population and entrepreneurship. In large cities systems prevail over human, responsibility driven interaction, simply because financial flows give old power to the political and economic structures. They however cover just part of the solutions.

Local responsibility is extremely cost and bureaucracy saving, very challenging even for the local creative forces that get involved in their own sustainable city progression with the development of a circular local economy, yet demanding a new local leadership mentality. It requires facilitating support from the policy makers, is not directly taxable nor instantly part of the global economic reality, so no reward system is in place yet to back it up. Local value systems appear in the city based on value creation and sharing. These subsystems detach from the large economies producing a power shift in the city.

That’s why solutions like Sustainocracy and AiREAS are not (yet) receiving global awards simply because they do not fit marketing communication plans. They just solve key local issues through co-creation, they don’t buy or sell them.

Four paradigms
Of the 4 paradigms available to cities, economic lobbies and fragmented power positions around public dependencies tend to push to a single focus, the one of technological innovation only, offered by the big global players. “Smart Cities” is not (yet) about people but mainly about (business) systems. From an overall global sustainable progress point of view we see that the other 3 paradigms need to be respected too, else the cities enter into chaos anyway. These other complementary 3 are however not money driven, hence hardly ever highlighted:

  • Chaos: cities have to accept the collapsing of old obsolete structures and economic efficiencies to open up for overall renewal based on other types of innovative solutions (people, planet, profit) in a more holistic approach.
  • Awareness: cities have to allow and help their self aware and responsible citizens to develop solutions of their own and connect to the evolution of their own community. This requires freedom for experimentation and innovation from inside the community. It opens up a new economic reality of cocreation, universal ethics, commitment and best practice from within.
  • Harmony: cities need to learn to focus on harmony between nature, people, authority (rather than power) and their own regional self sufficiency.

Those cities that develop themselves using all the four paradigms (Sustainocracy) become strongholds of human evolution that contribute to the whole as well as the regional self. They become pearls of co-existence, harmony and flexibility. Then they will be rewarded by evolutionary progress and need to address the challenge of growth (in population) because of a livable, integral attractiveness, fulfilling the “sustainocratic dream” of sustainable human progress within, among others, climate awareness.

Sustainable progress starts at individual level and expands through value driven cooperation

Jean-Paul Close – Sustainable progress starts at individual level and expands through value driven cooperation


The problem, the consequences and the solution

The problem:
The statement below is also referring to pollution, city convergence, life style, mobility, hunger, migrations, financial manipulations, power abuse, etc.


Awareness break through

The consequences

Need I say more? It is in our self interest to do something about it. Consequence driven investments damage economies and societies while proactive attention may give an innovative boost that keeps us busy for centuries. The Dutch have experience since we suffered our own water catastrophy in 1953, killing 1500 people. The implications now would be devastating, affecting 47% of the country. Time to act?



The easiest way to “solve” this is to wait for the problem to pass by itself.

This is NOT the solution, despite being the easiest way to address the problem

This is NOT the solution, despite being the easiest way to address the problem

This is NOT the solution either. Power abuse around money in fact stands solutions in the way.

This is NOT the solution either. Power abuse around money in fact stands solutions in the way.


The problem will indeed solve itself over time but scientists, economists and religious leaders now tend to agree that by that time there will be no human beings left to assume responsibility for our species.

10 years ago I stopped blaiming the world for unawareness and lack of sense of responsibility. For most individuals the issues are too abstract and mindblowing to picture  one’s own responsibility. Surrounded by definitions of economic patterns and efficiency tools I could not find any definition for sustainable human progress that I could relate to myself. So I created one.


Just try to adhere in commitment to this and things will change, for you and your surroundings

The commitment to myself and my natural surroundings evolved into the STIR Foundation, the cooperative venture AiREAS and FRE2SH and the STIR Academy for 21st century society and entrepreneurship. It changed my life and many others that got involved in these ventures. We can now involve the world by providing guidance, tools, inspiration and innovation.

The STIR cycle for sustainable excellence and progress

The STIR cycle for sustainable excellence and progress

Try it. It will change your lofe and that of your surroundings, always for the better.

Jean-Paul Close


Sudden repositioning of societies

The sudden swap from growth to change is not necessarily motivated by a moral burst of awareness but a self reflective sense of self preservation

The sudden global leader’s swap from growth to change is not necessarily motivated by a moral burst of awareness but a self reflective sense of self preservation

When we read news issues on the internet these days we see a significant change. For decades the climate change, pollution issues, migration and poverty problems, water and food manipulation, misuse and shortages, etc had been denied and overruled with reassuring messages by the economic forces that were looking for unlimited growth. Now we see that denial has changed into acceptance of the problem with the tsunami of scientific reports and studies proving the damage we are doing to our environment and subsequently to our selves. Within 250 years scientists expect that there will be no economies anymore because there will be no human beings left to uphold this invention to value transactions.

Formally recognizing the problem is a first step to finding solutions even through we are still far away from letting go of the ideology of economic growth in favor of the sustainocratic economy of balance. So why this sudden change in political leadership and media coverage?

The problem world leaders encountered recently was not their sudden burst in sense of responsibility for our planet or people. Their problem was that the drive for unlimited economic growth was getting them into a position of severe competitive aggression among each other. It is a natural phenomena that when growth is blocked tension rises until it explodes, unless an escape is found. If one is nit sure that one can win a competitive encounter one should not even enter the battle but challenge the opponent(s) by changing strategy. The current moves demonstrate that global leaders have become aware of the potential point of singularity (eminent collapse, war and chaos) of their economic potential caused by the dependence of their systems on resources of the other powerful nations. When these resources are suddenly blocked in an encounter then politics is not about showing strength but finding each other’s weaknesses.

Leadership changes to finding ways to become self sufficient enough to minimize the dependence on other nations of the world and hence reduce the amount of weaknesses that can be misused in times of stress. Recognizing the need to transform and re-position one’s own society sufficient innovative impulses can be generated to build up strength again. Finding a new balance with nature through the acceptance rather denial of the global issues and threats can than provide labor and local economic development for many decades ahead. It takes the tension away from the world while leadership turns into itself instead of against each other.

Since world war II the focus was placed on  growth. The tension has been building up gradually producing an exponential increase in recessions, depressions, chaos and threats around the world. Now time has come to change and focus on co-creation, harmony and symbiotic relationship with our environment on a local for local basis. What world leaders do is re-position their own society in a natural way causing the shift of attention to happen also in business, science, media expression, etc. This is what we can observe now and it shows the results of an intense and sudden shift at policy makers level based on self preservation rather that morality. The next five years will be extremely relevant to see the changes have their effect on the societies, the human beings and the system complexity that governs us. Will it be sufficient or a prelude for more to come, adding perhaps a new phase of moral awareness and true stability in nations?




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