- Mitch SMith
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Who will help me design the human-powered community?
It is obvious that we are fast aproaching an energy crisis - maybe this year, maybe in 20 years.
It is also obvious that our top-down power structures are incapable of responding to our mid-term future. THat leaves bottom-up - stuff we can do from our own back-yards.
My dad always used to say: "Someone should do something about that!" "well I'm someone!" and then he proceeded to do something. He got a lot done.
SO now - I am asking YOU - "Are YOU someone?" or are you no-body. If you are nobody, don't bother replying, but if YOU are SOMEBODY - let's get this thing rolling!
We need techmologies to replace fossil fuel - and teh most abundant alternate source of energy on this planet right now is - humans.
Now .. if we do not begoin to harness our own power soon, there will be a bunch of armed guys coming to your doorstep soon to take you at gunpoint to be power-generators on treadmills.
They will feed you a starvation diet so that you can be composted for their fields when you die. But because the only abundancy on this planet right now is human flesh, they can do that for many years before they run out of humans.
It is in all our interest to pre-empt our death at the treadmill to design ways to generate all the power we need from our own muscles. Be someone or be a power-unit with about 2-months storage before you become compost in a war-lord's farm.
I call for engineers and pragmatists who are "someone" .. if you do not respond, you risk falling to the fate of all the no-bodies on this planet.
Tell me - what can we do to store energy out of solar/wind/pedall-power without using global-sourced infrastructure? - I.E how do we make folk-magnets? How do we make gravity-store energy sources? How do we make solar cells from scratch?
And most important - what is it from our current civillisation that we really need to keep?
I would like to build a list of essential stuff theat needs to be saved - otherwise we will lose the lot and have to do it all over agian.