New technology allows us to change fundamentally the narrative we live in, how we organize our world. Enormous opportunities are opening up to steer (even as an individual) the transition underway into a sustainable direction; an urgently needed transformation of the existing economy as well as a new parallel online and local economy.
As a young design student in the 1970’s, I was from quite early on interested in how to design could help fight the depletion of the earth as well as global poverty.
In 1972: Limits to growth, Club of Rome; Small is beautiful, EF Schumacher.
I ended up in SriLanka and for my Masters thesis I researched the production of child food from leaves. I soon got a job there, in the community development sector to help village start-ups and got involved in the planning of both the first government self help housing scheme and also in one of the first microfinance schemes in the world.
These were still the early days of ‘development cooperation’, but soon it became clear that infusing large sums of money into good willing, most voluntary NGO’s will attract people with the wrong motives and it introduced corruption.
Now 35y later there are again lots of funds available again, this time billions earmarked to fight climate change and same parties (UN, INGO’s, Gov’s, science) think to use same, discredited, methods to intervene in most complex ecosystems and economies.
After 8 years of system development, we envision 2 innovative basic services:
PES = payments for ecosystem services; we are working on an online platform to register and support environmental activists worldwide, many kinds of support incl. the potential of a basic income. Also to facilitate green impact investing.
We are developing a holistic tech package for all development organisation worldwide; to enable them to improve transparency and efficiency and to scale up their impact.
In all these project a “swarm of cryptocurrencies” will play a pivotal role to promote mutual cooperation and to build a sustainable, parallel economy.
Tree Coins will be the first of this Swarm.
The function of this Swarm is 2 fold:
First is monetary, the need for more diversity in our fiat domination world of boom and bust. To improve the resilience of the system. To transform the various economies into Ecosystems with a democratically run human Commons.
Second is the lack of reward systems for voluntary Social and Environmental Care and Services.
From caring for the old and sick to cleaning beaches, there are only 2 tastes: either fully paid with fiat money or pure voluntary, costs are paid for if you’re lucky.
Each organisation, group or sector can have its own (volunteer/time or asset) token/ currency and so stimulate its internal activity by using our tech toolboxes. I propose things like: Prizes for PES, a new online lottery.
Interesting is the relation for Basic Income and this much more restricted PES schemes, which would be much more positive and impactful.
But UBI is for the rich and PES for the poor, so you might guess which concept is more promoted!
Same goes for Impact Investors, mainly taking the easy road and looking for the rich to have impact; we will make the tools to make investment in billions small scale projects viable.
We are working on an online platform, an ecosystem with own cryptocurrencies and a social bank, to disrupt the sustainable development business, to cut out most middlemen and offer a much more effective and transparent channel to disburse SDG and climate funds and to facilitate green investment in bottom-up (as opposed to the usual top-down) initiatives.
A platform to support private initiatives and eco-volunteers around the world with knowhow (how to organize, how to design landscape restoration and to improve the local ecosystem and to generate income) and funds for maintenance and expansion.
A platform that unifies people from various industries, disciplines and regional backgrounds to accelerate idea development and implement real-world projects. A community that enables innovation and equity ownership in projects.
What is first needed is a Vision with Hope and Meaning.
Since the fall of Kings and others claiming Divine Power, we have to decide for ourselves, democracy is a hard bargain. Makes us responsible.
Critical thinking without Hope is cynisme, but hope without critical Thinking is naivety. Maria Popova
The Hope I’m talking about here, is that we Hope that we change things for the Good, to do God’s work; that we can give Hope and Inspiration for cooperative action towards an inclusive transition.
Not knowing what will happen and this state of Insecurity is our friend, because of the space it allows, it leaves us room influence change. Hope is to embrace the unknown future which cannot be planned, still be influenced. Like an ecosystem = life cannot be planned, but how you take care of it, determines the way life evolves.
Who can help to write this narrative, the big vision and get it out and give us Hope. (free to Rebecca Solnit)
Please join my (5Ts) Tree & Tech Transition Think Tank.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org