I often wonder how world wide movements get started. Is it that a few folks get together and decide that the world needs to change and so they start talking to others and then those others talk to others? How does momentum begin? How does someone attract the attention of thousands and then tens of thousands? How important does the topic or the change need to be before tens of thousands deem it important enough for it to grow to millions? Does it happen by accident or design?
I remember the days when Star Trek came upon us and new gadgets were talked about. Those wrist communication devices and tiny video screens that seemed so futuristic are now called cell phones.
Some of the best kept secrets out there are examples of developing technologies that need to be in our daily discussions but we seldom hear about them. Our governments still think and plan in terms of ‘the old world’–why is that? Could part of that be about the grip that 1% of the wealthy have on 40% of the wealth and they don’t want to let any of it go?? I don’t know. What I do know is there are ways of solving our most basic and fundamental problems concerning water and air quality and it would cost us billions of dollars less to produce a dramatic increase in the quality of ALL of our lives. Health care for everyone is more than possible and at a drastically reduced cost to us. Lack of money/resources is not the issue as we are told. Lack of political will and leadership is the reason why we are where we are.
Education: There are many young men, not just in North America, but around the world who are not finishing any meaningful level of education. As a result there is a growing cohort who are not able to compete for good jobs but much more important their creativity and innovation–their drive to succeed is all but gone as hope diminishes. The system continues to fail them miserably and yet we do nothing to create a new paradigm for this 21st century. The reason(s) are basic and easily changed and yet the patriarchy will have none of it because it requires out of the box thinking. What is required is an acceptance that the old system of 150 years ago has finally found it’s end. Poorly educated populations tend to be more unstable, less healthy and less democratic. Naturally those poorly educated tend to become wards of the state instead of leaders of industry–Re: Kotler/Diamandis, Abundance)
Energy: How many people are truly aware of the advances in energy technology. Were we made aware that over 1.5 billion people live without ANY electricity in their lives and another 3.5 billion people live by burning charcoal and wood as their energy source. Our solution is to give them money by providing aid. What we need to be doing is helping them build new resources that are renewable and that they can manage themselves. We could stop paying hundreds of billions of dollars every year and at the same time help those folks become energy sufficient ( Google Topaz Solar Farm for more information) and less dependent on us. Instead of building a nuclear plant that takes ten years and billions of dollars to build we could be building solar farms that can be built, like Topaz, that took two years to build–9,000,000 panels that produces enough energy for 166,000 homes for billions less. Topaz is a small prototype facility. It works. Imagine the great deserts of the world covered with solar panels. NO pollution, a new industry to create new technicians and permanent jobs and the poor folks all of a sudden have energy to live with. Now previously dependent nations can be educated, productive and could learn how to compete in the global marketplace. The other major break through is now the excess energy created by solar/wind farms can be stored in batteries for future use. Bye Bye fossil fuels–Kotler/Diamandis, Abundance
Health Care: Imagine a health care system where an X-ray machine is half the size of a thumb drive. You could carry it in your pocket. It costs less than a dollar to create as opposed to a $250,000 per x-ray machine that relies on 18th century technology to produce an x-ray from a box about the size of a dishwasher and is an energy glutton. The new technology is called triboluminescence. The implications for world health are dramatic. Consider computers that can be connected in series to provide the most up to date diagnosis for a patient who is located anywhere in the world including developing countries who have such limited resources. They would now be part of cutting edge technology and would therefore have top notch doctors ready to help. Diagnosis in seconds for any medical system that requires it would be the norm of the day. This is all possible today. People anywhere would receive the care they deserve and the costs to all of us would be reduced by enormous amounts of money. The Rand Corporation reported recently that tens of thousands of preventable deaths every year are attributed to incorrect medical errors and 1.5 million deaths occur due to preventable medication errors. These numbers would be drastically reduced to near nothing because of the availability of computers working in concert.
The point is WHY?–why are we not investing–right now–in these technologies? Why are we not hearing about what is possible now? Why are we spending large sums of money on old systems. These examples are just a hint at what is out there. What will it take for us to make our voices heard to our representatives–how big a voice will be necessary and how do we make that voice happen-NOW. Got any ideas let’s chat about them.
Anyways, that how I see it–all the best, Jim
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