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Pia Jensen

Aug 4, 2017
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Seeking team members with these skills and interests:

  • database development & management
  • policy development, management & outreach
  • resource managers, teachers, consultants
  • climate solutions technology developers & producers
  • funding/grantsmanship managers
  • liaison managers

Danilo Da Rosa

Aug 11, 2017
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I think your proposal for Adaptation is great!

I have a question for you.

Do you think CARD is compatible with, or would easily adapt to an open knowledge/open source model? That way all the information, the manuals and other documents, or tools, the organization creates would be free to use, to share and improve upon by anyone. I think that the combination of permaculture and the open source philosophy would be very powerful.


Pia Jensen

Aug 12, 2017
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Thank you for your question and comment, Danilo. And welcome to the team. Me alegro.

I like your idea of developing open source applications (OSA) for the project. I see how OSAs can benefit CARD's mission to rapidly distribute information of practices of permaculture and circular economy. For technology products like Billions in Change produces, I think OSAs may not be possible, though that would have to be determined during partnership negotiations.

An OSA for permaculture in particular, intrigues me. I recently searched for programs to use in designing my food forest. I found several options, GIMP and SketchUp (those and more tools are discussed here- https://permies.com/t/35897/Tutorials-permaculture-design-free-software). Inkscspe is detailed in this tutorial about swales and contours - http://www.human20project.com/challenge-07-exploring-inkscape.html.

What I found with these programs is that they are dependent upon the designer's knowledge of permaculture practices and specimens (none are specific for permaculture design). And, they require manually creating each design feature through one or more of those programs and by creating multiple layers.

I'd like to know how we could create an OSA that can utilize already available tools and be specific to a permaculture designer's needs. I think it may require a dedicated team of OSA designers to develop. What do you think?

 


Pia Jensen

Aug 13, 2017
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Danilo and I had a conversation outside Climate CoLab about the possible uses of Open Source for the project. We were on different pages. He was specific about the management products that CARD will produce and I was only thinking about the information products CARD could produce.

After our discussion I concluded that CARD could exemplify the sharing and rapid deployment of information and the train the trainer aspects of CARD. Expanding on Danilo's idea above, CARD could become the tool to share with Open Source documentation of how the organization is managed to include policies, procedures, protocol, etc. so that others can replicate the CARD model in order to speed delivery of products.

 


Danilo Da Rosa

Aug 14, 2017
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Excellent! Thanks


Peter Rowan

Sep 2, 2017
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Have you thought of using blockchain for this?


Pia Jensen

Sep 2, 2017
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Great idea, Peter. I am not so familiar with blockchain, so I had not thought of it. Welcome to the team! - Pia


Harsh Engineer

Sep 16, 2017
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Dear Pia,

              This will be a great platform for people who think there is no solution to their present climate change problems as they will be able to find the solutions to those problems.

Regards,

Harsh


Pia Jensen

Sep 20, 2017
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Thank you for your comment, Harsh. I think the biggest challenge is reaching communities that are not connected to the internet.


Pia Jensen

Oct 2, 2017
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The comment below is from Catalyst Anastasia Kouki is on this proposal in the Shifting Attitudes and Behaviors category.

"Hello,

First of all, congratulations on your proposal is a very delicate but intellectual enough. Even though at first sight it does not show its message for more climate-friendly behaviors, I believe that its practicality will deliver in the end that message. Moreover, I have to admit that for me it looks like more a practice than a project, fully sincere it looks like a project to establish a practice.

In order the proposal of yours to succeed, I strongly believe that you might need to add in your whole proposal strong performance tools like PESTEL-DG and SWOT Analysis, Risk-Assesment Analysis or even a more market focus approach like the Business Model Canvas by  Strategyzer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Model_Canvas) and basic financial indexes approaches (like EBITDA, ROE, ROA, Cash Ratio, Earnings Quality etc.), since as far as I understand your clearinghouse will be having an economic point of view: I do not know if you will have to make it be a company, a start-up,  or a non-profit organization. In first two cases for survival reasons, you will need the above mention tools for sure, especially if you want to take a loan,   for the third one those tools might be a very good aid towards resilience. What is more, I believe that you might need a very solid translation team, since your focusing countries are so differentiated. Not to mention the country-risk that you must take into account. As Greek citizen and resident, I have to admit that you might face a lot of difficulties mostly due to mentality and technology knowledge poverty. Perhaps, creating a relevant app might help reach so different audiences. 

In general terms, that is a very good proposal and I hope you will make it as successful as it can be.

Best of luck!!!"

https://www.climatecolab.org/contests/2017/shifting-attitudes-and-behavior/c/proposal/1334027/tab/COMMENTS

 


Pia Jensen

Oct 17, 2017
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Possibly applicable to this project On thunkable.com, anyone can build their own mobile apps without knowing how to code. This summer, we hosted our first ever international app building challenge for high school students! https://blog.thunkable.com/winners-of-the-2017-high-school-app-building-challenge-24a7555ca441


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Oct 20, 2017
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Pia Jensen

Oct 26, 2017
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From the Evaluation section:

Judges' comments

"This idea assumes capacity regarding internet access, the ability of network users to be able to engage as a partner to to CARD and the technology transfer of technologies that may be appropriate in one location but not in another with tailoring to the cultural and ecological context of the 'transferee'. It is unrealistic to assume that governments will agree to make exceptions on import tariffs for technologies promoted under CARD. Furthermore, this initiative professes to become a democratic network of users and suppliers of technologies but without equality in the transaction of ideas there is a risk that this will turn out to impose ideas and technologies on those that are weaker in the chain. It can take years of patiently working with farmers to demonstrate results and to tailor the approaches to the context. Behavioural change cannot be so easily traded across networks. Also, how is quality of advisory services assured in the system? How would the risks of technology transfer be kept to manageable levels?

Furthermore, the author/s are still in the process of developing the institution to do the work (something that takes a lot of time and can be very slow) and the data that they wish to share in their clearinghouse does not really exist. There is little work that has tested adaptation strategies so offering access to "proven" adaptation strategies is a bit of false advertising. If this project included a method of testing these strategies that would be fantastic but that would also add much time to delivery."

My response:

Dear Judges: thanks for your comments. They are inspiring. I'll address each point:

"assumes capacity regarding internet access," - this is why the use of alternative communications and media is described - fully recognize not all locations have access to the internet. Will elaborate more on that next year. Also, about cultural and ecological context - this is why CARD proposes that each receiving site be empowered to adapt the program to their needs and resource restrictions - Will elaborate more on that next year.

"unrealistic to assume that governments will agree to make exceptions on import tariffs for technologies" indeed and no assumptions are made. Clearly state that this proposal could be looked upon as disruptive and explain the use of a unique governance model designed to achieve consent and the fact that most governments have already agreed that climate requires immediate and effective changes/solutions/agreements.

"initiative professes to become a democratic network of users and suppliers of technologies but without equality in the transaction of ideas there is a risk that this will turn out to impose ideas and technologies on those that are weaker in the chain" this is why the proposal addresses other organizations which do exactly what you suggest - CARD proposed to be an evolutionary hub driven by contributions from all over the world.

"It can take years of patiently working with farmers to demonstrate results and to tailor the approaches to the context" - this is true and there are solutions in practice today which are exhibiting the intended success as envisioned upon planning and implementation, such as Greening The Deserts, the use of swales and berms in small and large scale sites.

"Behavioural change cannot be so easily traded across networks." - Actually, this point is very debatable. Are you familiar with how bitcoin is changing behaviors, regardless of the long standing opposition by governments and monetary policy officials? Are you familiar with the growing movement of people to grow their own food as evidenced in the Great American Farm Tour by Justin Rhodes and Family this year? And, one reason the governance model Sociocracy was included is because its use on organizations in Europe has resulted in positive outcomes because people experienced the benefits and changed to adopt the model in their organizational activities.

"how is quality of advisory services assured in the system?" Good question - drawing from the successes of solutions considered by CARD for deployment, only the most qualified persons would be invited to work with the project and as evidenced in the proposal, continuous evaluation of the project and outcomes will be fulfilled to ensure that no item, person, group,or issue falls through potential cracks.

"How would the risks of technology transfer be kept to manageable levels"? Please provide an example of what you are concerned about with this question. in the meantime, I'd like to point to the proposal's consideration of blockchain as suggested by team member Peter Rowan on comments and my response embracing the idea.

"Furthermore, the author/s are still in the process of developing the institution to do the work (something that takes a lot of time and can be very slow) and the data that they wish to share in their clearinghouse does not really exist. There is little work that has tested adaptation strategies so offering access to "proven" adaptation strategies is a bit of false advertising. If this project included a method of testing these strategies that would be fantastic but that would also add much time to delivery." 

It is true that CARD as an organization does not exist, which is why it is noted as a start-up at the proposal's website, which you may, or, may not have reviewed. Granted, there are hurdles to overcome in moving concepts forward into fruition, but, where would we be today if Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak hadn't put their noses to the grindstone and developed their first MacIntosh computer?

While most people operate in what appears to be a slow-motion progression, the intended schedule of actions for this proposal is doable, with motivated persons involved. Data entry is a tedious and time-consuming process and negotiating with technology owners and governments could be a labor intensive task. But, most people have come to agreement that we need to move forward now with "boots on the ground" actions to achieve resiliency sooner, rather than miss the mark and suffer later.

Proven adaptation strategies exist, which is why there are other organizations offering to sell their services and products to the public. The difference with CARD is that CARD proposes to make the solutions more readily, and freely, available through a variety of communications portals.

False advertising? Swales work, berms work, Greening of the Deserts is working, rocket stove technology is very effective, apps are effective in educating consumers, circular economy is becoming more well-known and is even promoted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Billions in Change products are incredibly effective, training the trainers is effective, blockchain is becoming mainstream as we speak... no testing needed in order to move forward.

Please note that a number of proposals in this year's contest moved into the semi-finals without all proposal components completed and some proposals place reliance on other organizations to carry out the plan without stating whether agreements are in place.

Que pase bien!

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