I am fortunate to share the development of the emergent world vision; an emerging ecosystem of unprecedented creative potential and interdependence; a window of exploration to a world fertile with synergies and possibilities, all of them connected by infinite networks driving us to the universal principles, to the ultimate reality, Nature. Such a journey is destined to inspire humanity and help it transcend our planetary challenges.
I am convinced the strongest forces in our planet are life’s emergence and novelty, generating new forms and manifesting evolution. Both forces are qualities of open systems and they reach their highest expression in complex adaptive systems, particularly organisms. Humans as the epitome of complex organisms possess an unimaginable capacity to create and evolve. I thus count on the potential of humanity to evolve and transform our view of the world and our relationship to it.
It will be that new perception and resulting consciousness that will allow us to adapt to the challenging conditions developing on Earth and, restore what can be restored and finally integrate our human infrastructure in the biosphere.
I have approached sustainability from the areas of science, philosophy, design, art and entertainment. Here is the journey I have taken. Unsatisfied with my conventional science education and upbringing, I eventually discovered a tool to liberate myself from the intellectual limitations of the subtle but prevalent old Newtonian mechanistic linear thought and the reductionist industrial paradigm it generated.
A paradigm that brought tremendous material progress but at the very high toll of alienating us from our very life-sustaining system while making us forget that reality is complex, ecosystemic and ultimately rooted in nature, all of which has resulted in the present planetary challenges.
I eventually learned about a movement within science, philosophy and art. It was an intellectual shift that took place at the beginning of the 20th century with the advent of the new or modern physics, which enabled man to transcend the mundane human-scale universe and discover the realms of subatomic particles and outer space.
The realities revealed by the new physics showed the world was not the clock-like machine made up of isolated building blocks, a concept we inherited from Decartes and Newton. The new science revealed a highly complex evolving ecosystem whose parts were in tight interdependence. Such new framework has enabled us to replace the obsolete and limited mechanistic model of reality with a holistic, ecological and evolutionary model.
Such journey taught me that we humans need to shift our perception of reality accordingly. A shift from the machine based model to the ecosystemic model will assure the transition to a resilient life-centered paradigm and resolve our planetary inter-related, environmental, resource scarcity, economic and humanitarian challenges.
It has become then my mission to research and promote solutions that will allow us to emulate nature and transform our industrial age unsustainable human development into an ecosystemic development. This transformation will enable us to operate under the same principles as natural systems thus restoring the health of our human human ecosystem and its parent natural ecosystem.
Achieving such goal requires the adoption of models of technology, economy and overall human infrastructure that will enable the transition to a permanently sustainable future. However such transition can only occur if implemented in a truly ecosytemic and integrative manner. Using clean technologies in the same mechanistic profit driven isolationist approach as it has been done with industrial age technology has proven to dilute the positive environmental impact. That has had dire consequences.
On the one hand it has made us miss our window of opportunity. It has lead us to believe that technology is a silver bullet that will allow us to pull it off and save the planet at the eleventh hour. On the other hand any environmental foot print reduction and financial savings that may have come from these technologies have been offset by an increase in consumption as people felt they had the license to spare such savings. Even the greenest technology imaginable will not have a net impact in a global culture, economy and political system that is at odds with life and nature.
And so my focus has transitioned from sustainable technologies to policies and finally to human behavior and psychology. It will take nothing short of a new human conception of reality and a stabilized world population to develop an upgraded human existence and infrastructure that is within the carrying capacity of our planet.