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The Best Design

What is the best design for a better future?
Mine of course. Follow me, and I will guide you towards paradise. I have the solution for all the world's problems.
No; that was a joke. And it is wise to be very skeptical towards anyone who is convinced about having the one only true solution.

In a thousand years, looking back, we may be able to tell what has been the best design and action of this time. Right now we don't know, and should aim to find out.

Anyone can design parts of a better future, and place these ideas on the internet to share with everybody. Please do so. That is step one. It doesn't matter if your design isn't perfect. No progress without failures on the road.

These are the actions I think we have to take:

Step 1: Invite every person on earth, to think about ways to improve the quality of life on Earth, and to share these ideas online with everybody else. Anonymous if necessary.

Step 2: Collect all these ideas, and discover how to manage this mountain of information. Not an easy task, as the data is not structured.
This data should not be collected by asking everybody to fill in a multiple choice form, because I don't believe multiple choice forms have served us well. Our minds should be free to wonder around, and come up with whatever, inside and oudside the box.
Text, drawings, photos, movies, are all things that we can share online welcome.

Step 3: Select the best ideas. This will not be easy, as people will disagree. In some cases, it will be clear to a large majority, that a certain idea is not possible within the reality of this universe. For example, a solution for energy: "cut down all the worlds trees, and burn them in one huge oven". No sorry, that's not the best idea.

Step 4: By the time have selected the best ideas, we may have developed a virtual reality environment, in which the best ideas so far, can be run to see how well they will probably work out. If not, we have to think a lot more about the best ideas ourselves. Are the selected ideas really the best? What effects will it have on everything else?

Step 5: Try some ideas for real, in small settings. Do and learn. Adjust where necessary. Analyze and share the results.

Step 6: Choose the best candidates, maybe combine what has been learned in the different settings, and apply them in a lower number of larger settings. And again; do and learn. Adjust where necessary. Analyze and share the results.

Step 7: Make a choice, and apply it large scale, in one country for example.
Large scale can be very different from small scale.

Step 8: If successful, invite other countries to join.

If countries become jealous, that would be perfect! If they don't want to join, the experiment has kind of failed, because there should be little resistance against something that has proved to be a real and a substantial improvement.

But but but
Yes; There will be resistance against change.
Yes; change is not the definition of better. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it is not. Experiments can tell what is the case.
Yes; Most experiments will fail at first. That is normal and to learn from.
Yes; Projects always costs more than predicted.

Are you willing to join the search for better?
What are your ideas?

Giesbert Nijhuis

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