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Design Earth, the portal, is allied with other sites that, collectively, are central to a whole systems approach to creating sustainablilty. These include Wiser Earth, Digital Earth, a certification portal, Commonwealth of Learning, oneVillage Foundation, and a portal to open higher education sites such as MIT's Open University. Others include Live Earth and Many One.

Within this community, Design Earth focuses on:

  • Organizing masses of information based on ecosystems, cultures and ...
  • Documenting the structures of sustainable products, systems and economies
  • Participating in a council of this community to design strategies of global transformation
  • Specifically designing large- and small-scale infrastructure systems in energy, transportation, integrated farming and waste management, health care, rural and urban systems...
The major influences we take into account are biogeographical regions and their ecosystems, the local cultural values and strengths, philosophies and practices... all represented by the visual geospacial web of Digital Earth.
Ecosystem Taxonomy
  • Major landforms
  • Major ecosystems / biogeographical regions
  • Local ecosystems
  • Values
  • Strengths
  • Contributions
Philosophies Driving Practices
  • Cradle-to-Cradle materials philosophy -- push and pull
    • Push -- design it into solutions (RoHS/WEEE and now REACH)
    • Pull -- complete information with user-friendly delivery (Pharos)
  • Rediscovering powerful old knowledge and practices within cultures
  • Discovering powerful new ideas and practices to fill in the gaps
  • A computer model of sustainable economies that enables tracking and forecasting of specific economic activities
We are building our own team, and we will be putting ad hoc project teams together through the "global phonebook" and social web of Wiser Earth as opportunities manifest.

Process evolves anew with every project, typically following paths of least resistance within the major stages, and the designflow is nonlinear. We often look forward when new ideas surface, but we return to consider each aspect and its implications for the whole.

Rapid Appropriate Design is our term for flexible and concurrent activities performed by all stakeholders in frequent communication.

  • Who are all the stakeholders? Especially, who are the consumers, competitors, regulators and investors?
  • What are their respective interests, strengths and contributions?
  • Where do they fit in biogeographical regions and cultures?
  • What are we designing -- a product, system, strategy, or all-of-the-above?
  • What are the needs and opportunities that might be brought together in a whole systems solution?
  • Are there historical technologies that apply?
Design & Development
  • Partners, resources, "Convurgence" (a trend meaning "doing more with less in less time")
  • Activities, obstacles, benefactors, outcomes
  • Form, function, interaction, emotion
  • Materials, parts, components, tools
  • Technology harvesting
  • Processes
  • Energies
  • Communications
  • Deliverables
  • Strategic Distribution
  • Publicize to those in Wiser Earth who are likely to benefit from it

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