Systems Thinking World Solutions for The Future we Want
A call for Systems Thinking World Solutions for The Future we Want - UN exhibit in Rio end of June 2012
A new Earth Summit is taking place End of June in Rio de Janeiro on the theme of global sustainability. As a natural outcome of the UN discussion that has been going on on this forum for more than a year, we have the opportunity to propose solutions as Systems Thinkers to the crowdsourced initiative The Future We Want launched by the UN.
The goal of The Future We Want is to share and discuss ideas and positive visions about the future, they will produce videos and computer animations illustrating the best ideas about what life and communities could be like in 2030 to be showcased at Rio, and conceive subsequently open source visioning tools so communities around the world can begin to design and build support for the future they want. Stories can also be shared directly on their website http://www.futurewewant.org/
They are specifically looking for solutions, as distinct from policies, in seven areas that correspond to mini-campaigns the UN is conducting prior to Rio: cities, water, oceans, energy, disasters, jobs and food. They are most interested in solutions that apply to localities and individuals -- for example, planning communities with sufficient density to support district heating systems, or emphasizing distributed energy generation over central power stations.
We would like, as systems thinkers, to present solutions that address multiple areas.
I noted after several months of participation in various forums on sustainability that many effective solutions exist, but they are not presented in ways that effectively demonstrates a direct as well as systemic impact if adequately scoped and scaled. This is what we could concentrate on, in particular in the areas of food/agriculture, water and energy. The ideal would be to come up with a system of localized solutions that applied simultaneously would produce a significant impact.
We have a month to gather practical actionable ideas and fine tune them collectively. Please share here any idea or project or theme you would like to contribute to.
Systems Thinking World Discussions
Systems Thinking World Q&A * Gene Bellinger