About Alex

Bio

My formal education is as a civil engineer, construction, water and wastewater and then risk management, and so I distinguish the cost benefit of solving problems very well. Engineering solutions are 90+% effective and although definitely more costly are very often the most cost effective solution.

After leaving a risk engineering practice of which I was a partner, I founded a venue finding conference broking service that saved clients time and money and while starting with only two venues to begin with we had over 2000 three years later.

I know that working together (creating synergy) and focusing on the future we want (health, green and prosperous) wil quickly bring that future into reality and that's what I do now.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Systems Thinking, Structures, natural living, Sports and Recreation, Diet & Nutrition, Synergy Intgrated Marketing

An idea worth spreading

Your Healthy Planet.com is anew membership site and advertising directory that rewards individuals, businesses, clubs and organizations for "working together" and FOCUSES on the healthy, green, sustainable aspects of products and services, those aspects that enhance lfe support.

Based on the philosophies and principles of R Buckminster Fuller the structure uses all profits to build and manage holistic education centers that we call "Living Learning Centers" and our goal of 5 million advertising members within 5 years will support around 300 Living Learning Center's around the planet. That's my dream ... http://www.yourhealthyplanet.com

I'm passionate about

People and the environment and creating a world that works for everyone.

Comments & conversations

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Alex Sprunt
Posted over 3 years ago
Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture
That was a great talk Michael ... it almost sounded as though you were the founder of Your Healthy Planet.com (http://yourhealthyplanet.com )which has just gone live, providing a context of abundance, synergy and networking as in nature. I'd like to speak with you about the possibility of your involvement in some capacity with Your Healthy Planet.com ... it too is a 'closed system'. Our 5 year goal is 5million healthy green individuals, businesses, clubs and organizations working together using the 'trim tab' concept to shift the focus more and more towards a healthy green future, towards making sense rather than purely making money. 100% of profits from advertising subscriptions on our Ethical Marketplace will be used to build and operate holistic education centers we call Living Learning Centers. We believe that a total of 300 centers could be funded around the world, designed uniquely to their climate and habitat.
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Alex Sprunt
Posted over 3 years ago
Why do so many think that population growth is an important issue for the environment? Don't they know the facts of demographics?
Hi Max, your comments reminded me of a 2050 Future Energy talk I attended some years ago and many people had similar concerns. What is difficult to actually understand is the "acceleration of ephemeralization (doing more with less)" because so much of it is invisible and the most people are kept very busy just earning a living and don't actually see the accelerating change. The development of solar powered electric cars for instance is happening very fast, much faster than I expected and yet I agree with you that vast environmental damage is occurring so there is a big job to be done. One of my mentors always said "Spend 10% of your time on the problem and 90% on the solution", and I feel that we are still spending way too much time on the problem, and need to focus much more on the solutions.
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Alex Sprunt
Posted over 3 years ago
Why do so many think that population growth is an important issue for the environment? Don't they know the facts of demographics?
Yes Hans I agree and thank you for the clarity of your explanation ... R Buckminster Fuller in "Critical Path" covers the population growth concern in detail showing how as our standard of living increases our population growth decreases. My wife and I met playing Fuller's "World Game" in 1999, a very accurate simulation of life on planet earth. At the end of he day's activity two charts were discussed, the first was the total estimated annual cost to provide a high standard of living for everyone on earth and it was $270billion a year. The next chart totaled $720billion and was the total amount spent the previous year on weapons and wars around the world. The vast majority of people on earth still do not know that we have the option for us to all live together at a very high standard of living ... in fact Fuller said, "At a billionaires lifestyle", and the accelerating change in technology is providing this wealth. I thought, given that Einstein was even amazed by Fuller that he was a good mentor to follow and we've now created a 'movement' we call Your Healthy Planet.com and it is based on a context of abundance, the true context of life on earth today. We invite everyone who is interested in joining us on this journey to visit http://yourhealthyplanet.com and come on-board.
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Alex Sprunt
Posted over 3 years ago
R.A. Mashelkar: Breakthrough designs for ultra-low-cost products
For forty years now we have had the resources and the know how to provide for everyone on earth, even at a billionaires lifestyle. That's what R Buckminster Fuller said is the case since around 1960 - 70 because of the 'acceleration of change' occurring in technology. Unfortunately he also said that less than 1% of world's population are engineers or scientists capable of understanding this, so our evolution is certainly being slowed, but that cannot slow the eventual flow of wealth (not money ... as you correctly mention Robert, they are very different) to everyone on-board planet earth. Another very important principle that Buckminster Fuller defines is "precession", the effect of one moving body on another ... and it is extremely important in how we learn and grow. Precession only operates within a context of co-operation, not in competition. To me that simple distinction explains the reason that China's growth is happening so fast, whereas there is a lot more competition within India and it's growth is much slower. Change is normal, and happening faster and faster every day. Most people will resist change and feel like there is something wrong ... others will 'surrender' , have faith that humanity will make the best decisions it can.
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Alex Sprunt
Posted over 3 years ago
Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China
Thank you Martin, but I respectively challenge some of your facts and the predictions you discuss. First, I propose there are very very few 'nations' left on earth as evolution is bringing us together at a rapid rate. Certainly United Stats and Australia or United Kingdom are no longer nations as they are all multi-cultural. I believe your talk is based on an economic model ('scarcity' or Malthusian economics) which is no longer valid as it simply does not understand the "acceleration of change" or "accelerating ephemeralization" as R Buckminster Fuller (http://bfi.org) calls it. Our economy today is one of 'ABUNDANCE' and has been for over forty years. We are now able to provide a very high standard of living (yes, perhaps a billionaires lifestyle for everyone) however the vast majority of people still operate in their daily lives as if they must look after themselves first, which, according to many humanitarians will lead to total destruction of life on earth. I have not been to China yet, but it appears to me they follow another wonderful edict, "Spend 10% of your time on the problem, and 90% on the solution." The Chinese are not so worried about the past (which is actually dead) rather they are FOCUSED on the future life of China, and the world. When you also understand "precession" ... the effect of one moving object on another, you see that providing there is a context of cooperation China's expansion and evolution will positively impact the rest of the world, just as the west's evolution has been employed in China. Finally, and as many young people will note today, we are on one island in one ocean ,,, and traveling aboard one spaceship, spaceship planet Earth, If you would like to see Fuller's dimaxion map please look for it or purchase a copy from http://bfi.org. I thank Martin for stimulating this conversation.
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Alex Sprunt
Posted almost 4 years ago
John Hardy: My green school dream
Hello Ben, my wife and I love the green school concept (Helen is a Steiner trained teacher) and as students of that great environmentalist and designer R Buckminster Fuller are clear that as soon as we move our combined focus to what we do want (he called it "livingry") and re-oriented the current investment in weaponry (or "killingry") we would within as short a time as ten years transform life on Earth to one of sustainable abundance for everyone. 'Bucky' as he was known was pure love. We have just launched Your Healthy Planet.com with a context of abundance and our end game is to build manage and support 300 green schools (we call them Living Learning Centers) around the planet. I see many synergies and would be delighted to talk.
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Alex Sprunt
Posted about 4 years ago
Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index
I like it ... it's aligned with Your Healthy Planet.com which is a free member's club and advertising directory FOCUSED on everything that enhances life. We always and only ever get what we focus on.
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Alex Sprunt
Posted about 4 years ago
Jason Clay: How big brands can help save biodiversity
In Australia the "baby bonus" paid to parents is now $6000 I think. It is what Buckminster Fuller called "unevident selfishness" and is actually prolific in the developed world. We look as if we are being thoughtful, generous and a good citizen but in fact we are really looking after ourselves ... stimulates more spending in the economy etc.