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Emma Ruffin

Nov 9, 2015
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Wow, this is a wonderful vision. I am curious about how we will be connecting the different entities within Boulder before then going out and connecting different communities for change? 


Jacob Hollander

Nov 10, 2015
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Well I did a lot of the homework for you, all the way from Los Angeles, to Las Vegas to San Antonio, Houston, Huntsville Alabama, Cambridge, Colorado Springs and back to you! It is simply a matter of how we communicate, this is a self sustaining program that would require very little funding to take off and grow exponentially.


Jacob Hollander

Nov 10, 2015
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In particular I have firmly established contacts in the upper echelon, the cream of the crop of Hollywood, and within MIT, in addition to a large body of various small communities engaged in sustainability practices ready to join up and engage once we are more official.

The main issue and you NEED to know this is exclusion, not just within those groups and communities but within Boulder CO. We need to open source this and invite people to share their ideas and we need to do it asap.


Jacob Hollander

Nov 10, 2015
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Meant to say upper eschelon of the aviation and aerospace manufacturing industry, within the US Air Force, NASA, Space X etc. From the ground floor to the top yes we can bring people together!


Jacob Hollander

Nov 11, 2015
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I should add what all this really is about is diplomacy, and in my mind being successful as a diplomat requires empathy, the desire to understand other people and their plight. My work began in 2006 after I emailed Noam Chomsky to ask what he thought about it, and began these projects which are more detailed here: Facebook.com/occupythisfilm and Facebook.com/Viewfinderfilmcollective

Essentially this is an empathy machine. It is designed to bring people together with the purpose of seeking understanding so that we might solve more complex and larger scale problems that effect us all. Very similar to how James Greyson and his projects such as Planet Leavers and Climate Rescue Center are against reductionism, my projects are heavily based on the political theories of Mikhail Bakunin and Noam Chomsky and my projects are designed to work only if we can bring people together in a meaningful way.
 


Jacob Hollander

Nov 13, 2015
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If you're supporting my proposal and want to tweet about it please use the hashtag #StarTrek4Reel


Eliot Kersgaard

Nov 21, 2015
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Hey my name is Eliot, I'm working on putting together a collaborative proposal for this colab. It sounds like what you are trying to do could be similar. It'd be awesome to meet over the phone or in person to talk about this contest. You can reach me at biomimicry@colorado.edu


Jacob Hollander

Nov 22, 2015
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Yes will do, although to clarify my communications platform is already functional although it is about collaboration over control, for the most part we're simply missing some key endorsements.


Jacob Hollander

Nov 23, 2015
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Let me put it this way guy, I am the only grandson of General George S. Patton's personal chef, I'm not saying you should endorse me because if you don't I will refer you to the former Dean's Assistant from the Air Force Academy back in '55 (where my G15 Iron Chef grandpa resided for the first 3 graduating classes as Executive Chef) who you might know today as Buzz Aldrin.

But because I can cook better than my grandpa. As a promise. If you endorse me I guarantee on a  personal concert for you in my hometown at whatever bar you want that's here.

Sorry I have a sensitive chip on my shoulder because I was in 5th grade math classes in the first grade. But it's all love! #enormousgreenragemonster
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZTpLvsYYHw

 


Jacob Hollander

Dec 29, 2015
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Anyways I've really worked very hard to build community in regard to these specific issues for a long time and people I have encountered in all kinds of circles and walks of life have met my ideas with great enthusiasm, so I'm really hoping to have a chance here to take things to the next level and this contest would be a great help to me and I know winning here would enable me to return the favor in more ways than one.


Joellen Raderstorf

Jan 19, 2016
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It is clear that you have been putting some deep thought into many solutions. A point of clarification for me: is this proposal about bringing manufacturing back to a community or about creating platforms for innovation or something else? Because you have such a broad understanding of the whole, I may be missing something. For now, I am a bit confused on the scope of work you propose. It might be useful to tighten the scope up a bit. 


Jacob Hollander

Jan 28, 2016
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Thank you, it always helps to get feedback and for sure I will work to clarify more what this is about and why it's essential to what this contest is about.

I want this to be a hub that brings people together to shape public policy. and not only to introduce people to different policy options and work to implement public policy, but also to redefine how we function and thrive together as individuals in a community.

The two go hand in hand as I see it, it's important for people to understand the complexities, the interrelationships and interdependencies in our communities, and it is my hope that through that understanding we can better organize, coordinate and strategize in an effective way to combat climate change. To do that, systemic change is essential and that's what this is all about.


Jacob Hollander

Jan 29, 2016
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So with that in mind, I think it's only sensible that an organization like this seek to assist and bring together people in a way that is both fun and pragmatic, for a small community to respond to the threat of climate change, it only makes sense to me in some way to focus intensely on the particular needs and functions of that community, that is why I have described this in part as a way of helping the local economy, and there's a lot of other variables to consider as well, for one it's one thing to say put a measure on a local ballot to say ban fracking in that area but to continue getting fossil fuels from somewhere else.

There are a lot of simple ways that we can cut back on our carbon footprint by simply reducing our need to outsource goods and services and promoting local businesses, especially thinking about food and energy production, I think if we can find a way to tie that side of things in with shaping public policy on all levels to have a positive impact on climate change that we can maximize impact and create a robust hub that will continue to grow and give people a great reason to come together and collaborate.

In example, the notion of say providing a tax incentive or something for people in a community who make a notable effort to promote local businesses (such as a community garden and farmer's market or something along those lines), or for businesses that have a positive effect on the environment, might sound really great on paper but practically speaking for it to have any real effect and be a viable thing to do those businesses in turn would have to be successful and there would have to be a significant movement around that kind of local production. So inasmuch as this is about shaping public policy it's also about physically building and shaping communities to better facilitate and make use of those policies.

I'm thinking much less on the side of we need to do this because it's an urgent response to an environmental crisis and more on the side of we want to do this because working in this way will only make our communities much better, and help local economies flourish while at the same time having a positive effect on the environment.

 


Jacob Hollander

Feb 17, 2016
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There's a couple things I want to address that I haven't don't think I've made very clear in my proposal here yet, but I will be modifying this and making it more streamlined to make the intention and focus here more to the point.

This is about developing a long term strategy for community engagement and empowering citizens to act in developing their communities in an environmentally conscious way, but in a way that that maximizes efficiency, that allows for as much inclusion as possible and that changes the way that people interact in their communities by taking a  systems design approach to policy making. So rather than developing environmental policy outside of other considerations, it would be about developing policy to allow communities the possibility of transformational change, helping those communities to develop resilience to climate change while developing strategies to strengthen those communities on the whole. To me that means encouraging and supporting local business especially in terms of food production and it means developing policy solutions are unique to that community, while taking a look at the bigger picture and figuring out strategies to encourage other communities to develop partnerships and alliances.

I think that in modern society people have become too compartmentalized, too disconnected on a local level while perhaps feeling more connected on a larger level outside of that, and in many ways perhaps too dependent on institutions and forces outside of the local sphere, and the result when it comes to Climate Change I think is that we're focusing so much on the idea of getting whole nations to agree to policy proposals, which is clearly very difficult to do in any meaningful way, and we forget about the impact that could happen on a smaller scale that effects change in other places.

I think Boulder is a great place to put that theory to action, and I think it's one of the best places that we could build the foundation for an organization that encourages participation and brings people together with a purpose that will produce viable solutions to solving larger systemic problems of which I feel Climate Change is really a symptom of.

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