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Op naar de Eco-City

Wordt Metropool Eindhoven de eerste Ecopolis? Als het aan de Stad van Morgen ligt wel en met een veel intensere beleving dan Dr. Girardet durft weer te geven.

Participerend leren in de participatie maatschappij

“Zij die het eerst de omslag maken van Petropolis naar het nieuwe Eco-model zullen sneller de zekerheden van stabiliteit, harmonie en weerbaarheid ervaren terwijl zij die achterblijven gekweld worden door menselijk leed en crisis.”

School of Talents biedt in 2018 een reeks transitie workshops voor personen, instanties en bedrijven. Laten we eens hierbij stil staan:

  • Zonder voedingstoffen is er geen eten en dus geen leven
  • Zonder grondstoffen is er geen bedrijf en dus ook geen economie

Simpel toch? Als stad zijn we gedurende de laatste 150 jaar afhankelijk geraakt van goederenstromen van ver buiten de stad, of het nu grondstoffen zijn, of voedsel in de breedste zin van het woord of de diversiteit aan producten waar we waarde aan hechten als consument. Om dit alles te transporteren zijn we afhankelijk van energie die voornamelijk uit olie komt. Daarom noemt Dr. Girardet de steden Petropolis ofwel olieafhankelijke communities.

Petropolis

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Circular economy workshop

Great workshop with game. Available also for train the trainers and aboad.

Integral Ecology and Sustainable Business

With thanks to Laszlo Zsolnai and Ove Jakobsen I was invited to participate in the publication of this valuable book published through Emerald Publishing. My contribution is about the Participation Society, an analysis of the evolution of our societal structures and the emergence of taking responsibility together as citizens and policy makers when dealing with our core human and natural values.

The entire publication: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/book/10.1108/S1572-8323201726

My chapter on the Participation Society:  http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/S1572-832320170000026013

 

Food life science

Our current food reality is highly difficient and needs revision in order to provide resilience of our health and continuity as a species. Life science shows that we do not just eat proteins, vitamins and carbonhydrates. We eat molecular and energetic information which is processed into our own living system.

With this information we need to review our nutritious means. Decades of tests with food in different environments show that food which appears the same has totally different nutritious values, depending on the type of environment it grew in. Experiments with biophotonic equipment in relation with effective soil base management and coherence among species has delivered very positive results.

With FRE2SH we intend to create communities of people that begin to rely entirely on the type of food that we produce together in our food resilience programs. We wish to see if we can show health and vitality improvements. This is important to reduce our dependence on health care and the related costs that tend to become unsustainably and exponentially high. It is also important to improve the wellness, engagement and productivity of our communities within a general sense of quality of life.

 

 

Braincandy on a new reality

Recently I was invited to express my views about the United Nations millenium goals as a 5 minute braincandy for the world. I choose two issues, inequality and poverty, to make my point that such issues cannot be solved by the political and economic hierarchies that produce the issues in the first place. We need to accept and introduce a new reality, which exists and expands worldwide…..

Wedowe’s BRAINCANDIES:

“If we produce our own food, then maybe we can become more resilient as human beings. So we do, here in Eindhoven. We produce with permaculture, with aquaponics, with all kind of systems, we are inviting people to socially engage with their own food production.”

According to Jean-Paul, there wouldn’t be any inequality or poverty in the world if we would structure our community around social inclusion rather than economic or political exclusion.

Enjoy Jean-Paul’s #BRAINCANDIES titled: “A totally new reality”.

 

FRE2SH food resilience demonstrated

During DDW2017 (Dutch Design Week 2017) in Eindhoven we had the opportunity to open the doors of our food resilience initiative, referred to as the FRE2SH cooperative (Food, Recreation, Energy, Education, Sustainocracy, Health).

Over 4500 visitors came to see the FRE2SH ecosystem in which various businesses connect to share food responsibilities in town. Such partners are forming a community relationship between city food production, consumption and food processing activities.

Currently FRE2SH provides different types of herbs, lettuce, flowers, mealworms, oyster mushrooms, water Kefir, trout…

Some of these products are processed into salades, soups, brownies, hamburgers, etc.

There is a zero waste policy in which solutions are designed to reuse all nutrients in the chain. Also residues like plastic, coffee, etc are reused. Transportation is done on foot or by bicycle to avoid air pollution.

Slums in Bangalore

Christ University, Bangalore. Known for their responsible recycling through the Parivarthana waste management unit, where they collect and sort their waste. The waste is being used for sales, making compost bio-gas and the main focus is recycling paper waste into new products. ‘As students Industrial Product Engineering our objective is to design new products for the Parivarthana waste management unit.’

There are 22 people working at the Parivarthana waste management unit; 1 supervisor, 1 manager and 20 hand workers who are mostly women from the slums. By designing new products it is important to involve the people working at the waste management unit and let them participate, the target group (students and staff) have to be involved and the products have to be designed with the capabilities available.

The students from the HAN university of applied science, are also involved in the Slum LR Nagar. At the transit school in the slum the basics are provided for the drop out students. Basics conduct counting and the alphabet, subtractions and additions, Hindi, Canada and English. ‘One day per week we provide English and Math classes at the transit school which is definitely a challenge for us and gets us out of our comfort zone  due to the lack of professional background.’ 

To get an insight view upon the Bangalore life, check this movie: