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What are the conditions for reducing growth and doing more with less in order not to degrade the entire planet? Dennis Meadows wrote of limits to growth: but who is finding the actual limits? This has to be a cultural activity. How to find those in the dialog? The current belief is grow or die. Among other things we need to take methods of pattern investigation such as those of <Padhraic Smyth> and turn them to questions such as: What are systems that have done well without contributing to planetary or local ecological degradation? Scan history for systems that have shrunk to their own advantage: take examples and valorize them. How to scan for and see successful (viable) systems in a new way? (These are only some rough notes, July-August conversations 2007 and edits). Continuous creativity (co-creativity an outcome) is need in a group of originators. A pioneer whose ideas are also relevant today is [Buckminster Fuller]. (please add others)

Harrison (Ecological) Studio

See: <Harrison (Complexity) Studios>

[Newton and Helen Harrison] conversational notes: greenhouse discourse

  • We need to build a group of 8-9 people on the issues of global throughput, reorganization and redesign of systems of farming, systems of housing; an on-the-ground launching pad for appropriate technology. Options for:
  • Scanning and seeing
  • Mapping: don’t accept mapmaker accept the terrain.

What is a whole system? biological: self-invented. interlocking subsystems that form whole systems.

  • weather system ... drought systems
  • greenhouse system (What is astounding is not that it occurred (it has happened before) but how fast we did it)
  • ocean rising system - In Europe 33 million people will need to move up from the ocean shore, 1/3rd farmland.
Robert Nicholl's coastal group
  • world ocean
  • storm systems
  • world forest … returning the world forest…
  • harvested grasslands

The Santa Fe example (Did I send it?)...over-harvesting - wrong planting - rivers - group to know how to scan - pick up what is important - about seeing - double vision as looking - people who can rise above the flatland view and envision whole systems.

Peninsular Europe, by Harrison Studio, and the role of ecological art, iconography, reconceptualizing, reshaping and reorganizing our human and ecological practices on continental, planetary, and grounded local scales.

See NSF funded research in the USA on "multifunctional agriculture" and "weak-tie networks"


Wilhelm Barthlott, Dept. of Botany, University of Bonn, Germany. Nees Institute, Division of Systematics and Biodiversity

Biodiversity Mapping for Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Part of the idea in this research is to anticipate European climate change, such as aridity that comes with warming, and assist with artificial or planned migration of species of plants and animals that are already adapted to a new climate, and to investigate the kinds of interaction possibilities, prevent species extinctions, etc.



<Douglas R. White>, [InterScience wikihost & wiki-organizer], an [anthropologist (wikipedia)], also a protegé, as a boy, of Bucky Fuller [[1]]. See: <Redesigning surface-road systems --along with human ecology and the built environment-- for global sustainability of practices rather than growth>, <Averting a Runaway Massive Planetary-Systems Breakdown>, and <Realistic modeling of complex interactive systems> on this wiki. As editor of the Structure and Dynamices eJournal of the Anthropological Sciences I solicited, edited, and will publish Peninsular Europe, by Harrison Studio.


[Georg Grabherr] (Thinker)


[Martin Schneider-Jacobi] collaborated with <Harrison (Ecological) Studio> in studies and proposals for maintainging clean water in the Black Sea and the Drava and Sava rivers, which feed 50% of the clean water draining into the Danube.


[Jaime Lerner (wikipedia)]. [Jaime Lerner (wikipedia]


James Hansen [Wikipedia:James_Hansen]], [Goddard climate scientist, has a series of some of the most important [[ recent articles] on global warming.

[Hansen, J.E., 2007: Scientific reticence and sea level rise]. Environ. Res. Lett., 2, 024002

[Hansen, J., Mki. Sato, P. Kharecha, G. Russell, D.W. Lea, and M. Siddall, 2007: Climate change and trace gases]. Phil. Trans. Royal. Soc. A, 365, 1925-1954

[Links to Articles on Global Warming from] THE INDEPENDENT Science editors

[Global Warming and the Stern Report]: A look at the [controversy] over [our future]. [FAQS on Global Warming] [Hired Gins Aim to Confuse (global warming issues)].


[Paul Hawken (wikipedia)] "is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and best-selling author. At age 20, he dedicated his life to changing the relationship between business and the environment, and between human and living systems in order to create a more just and sustainable world. His work includes starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce upon the environment, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. His principle of comprehensive outcome (see below) was influential in full cost accounting and the eventual emergence of ecological footprint and triple bottom line standards for sustainability" (wikipedia 7-10-07). [his page].

notes: Paul Hawken in natural capitalism - Rocky Mountain Institute - Hunter Lovins - industry a deep redesign problem…purpose - process waste useful - materials can be recycled - discovery: lots of little organizations - worrying ecologically - lecture - started to name them - growing to millions but don't know each other - non-networked - fixing this, that.


[Michael Braungart (wikipedia)], [co-founder (1989) of the Hamburger Umwelt Institute (HUI)]. This and others of his organizational involvements "share a common set of values that embrace intelligent, aesthetic and eco-effective design and seek to optimize products with the Cradle to Cradle framework. Through these activities, Professor Braungart has developed tools to design eco-effective products and business systems and has worked with a number of organizations and companies in a range of industries." (his site 7-10-07). [their book] William McDonough the coauthor, behind some of the organizations and funding.

Braungart a Chemist – thinker -- late 1980s early 1990s movement begun in Hamburg - idea of policy incentives. When something is too dangerous to recycle, legislate to place in concrete bunkers and pay pay rent until solution is found. Then: Cheaper to make products recyclable to begin with. Legislation in Germany - Wuppertal Institute. Weitziger was a nephew of the former president, helped to institute. He was right on efficiency, but wrong on outcome (growth).


Dean Kamen

van der Leeuw

[Sander van der Leeuw]

[Chapter 1 on Historical Socionatural Systems and Models, from] Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems Edited by Timothy A. Kohler and Sander E. van der Leeuw, SAR Press, 2007.


Thayer Scudder (wikipedia)


[Jared Diamond (wikipedia)]. "Unless we behave like nature we will kill nature" one of his themes?

notes: all industry needs to shrink in number and expand in quality of life.


[Eco-Architect Bill McDonough's (wikipedia)] [Green Vision]


Franz-Theo Gottwald (netwoker)

Page and Brin

[Sergey Brin (wikipedia)] and [Larry Page (wikipedia)]



Dennis Meadows [Dennis Meadows (wikipedia)]


Padhraic mountains2.jpg

<Padhraic Smyth>


[Simon Levin (wikipedia)] -- his "principal interests are in understanding how macroscopic patterns and processes are maintained at the level of ecosystems and the biosphere, in terms of ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that operate primarily at the level of organisms."


[Harvard researcher] [Daniel Schrag] is winner of the [Macarthur fellowship] for his work on planetary system climate change. His Santa Fe Institute [Dan Schrag Ulam Lectures], given in September 2007, will be available in either/both CDrom or pdf.


Cornell Rhodes Scholar Jessika Trancik, Santa Fe Institute [Postdoctoral Fellow] May 2007 talk (Abstract): Innovation is critical for developing low-cost and low-carbon energy technologies to mitigate climate change. Due to the long lifetime of CO2 in the atmosphere and the projected increase in global energy demand, stabilizing CO2 atmospheric concentration at an acceptable level will become increasingly more difficult with time. In addition, because technologies tend to improve with investment, we risk becoming locked into suboptimal technologies. For these reasons we are faced with an unprecedented technological innovation challenge. This talk will focus on innovation in the energy sector from an engineering perspective. I will discuss ongoing work on how physical characteristics of technologies, such as unit scale and degrees of freedom, affect innovation rates. This work aims to address the following questions. What types of energy technologies should we invest in? How should we design energy technologies for rapid innovation?


<Laurent Tambayong> is a PhD candidate at UCI's Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Program and as an SFI visitor. He publishes on network economics and the evolutionary dynamics of city systems. He also has a background in Systems Engineering and Operations Research. He is generally interested in the stability of the planet as a system and is specifically interested in framing it as strategic network problems.

<D. Eric Smith>

[Eric Smith] is a complexity scientist at the Santa Fe Institute who works at a level of both abstraction and concreteness that poses more general questions in some of the core sciences of complex systems. Interests include topics such as: Physical and Chemical Self-Organization • Origin of Life • Money, Markets, and Institutions • Biomolecular Information and Evolvability. See also [Martin Shubik & Eric Smith], 2007. ["Structure, Clearinghouses and Symmetry," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 30(3), pages 587-597, March.]


[W. Robert Kreger] is an [NAHB Green Builder Award Winning] archetect working with [Edward Mazria's] (AIA) [architecture2030] to help solve the massive energy inefficiencies in the construction industry and a [volunteer for Al Gore's] [The Climate Project]. Like Edward Mazria, he resides in Santa Fe, NM.


[IGBP Science] and [Global Change Newsletter, May 2007]

[Design Science Lab] for Whole Systems led by [Medard Gabel], who worked with Buckminister Fuller for 12 years "where he learned the power and utility of whole systems thinking, global perspectives and a good sense of humor. Mr. Gabel has been designing, developing, and delivering experiential educational programs since 1970. He is currently the CEO of BigPictureSmallWorld and BigPicture Consulting, and is the author of six books on global problems, resources and strategies, the global energy situation, the global food situation, the U.S. food system, planning, and multinational corporations." (from his site)

De Vries

[Bert De Vries], originally a theoretical chemist, was co-founder and staff of the Institute for Energy and Environment (IVEM) at the University of Groningen, where he received his Ph.D. on a dissertation about sustainable resource use. Since 1990 he is senior scientist at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP) of the National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM). Since January 2003 he is Professor of Global Change and Energy at the Copernicus Institute for one day a week. His research expertise is in resource and in particular energy analysis, modeling and policy; climate and global change modeling; and modeling for sustainable development. He co-edited several books, one on a Global Change model (TARGETS) and one on 10000 years of socio-ecological history (Mappae Mundi). ([his book])


[Daniel Hillis], computer scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and author. He co-founded Thinking Machines Corporation, a company that developed the Connection Machine, a parallel supercomputer designed by Hillis at MIT. He is also co-founder of the [Long Now]Foundation, Applied Minds, Metaweb Technologies,


Negative example: E. O. Wilson's compendium, catalog of every living thing. Will not get people to save species, one by one, or by many.



Robert Nicholls [coastal group] - [his paper]


[Hunter Lovins] is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions. NCS educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and Implementers, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities and countries to become more sustainable.


[nowiki]Doug 12:21, 15 September 2007 (PDT)[/nowiki] initial page by <The Harrison Studio> and <Doug White> 12:15, 11 August 2007 (PDT) Averting a Runaway Massive Planetary-Systems Breakdown