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Cities are massively redefining their functions

When we look at the development and evolution of cities we can observe an era of intense changes. While the organic growth of urban centers has historically been motivated by defense against external aggression, trade and later industrial activities, nowadays cities develop around quality of life and services. For a long time city management was conditioned by urban growth factors, building infrastructures and facilitation business dynamics. This determined the look and feel of the places, often at the expense of pollution, traffic based collapsed infrastructures, waste development, criminality, ghettos, etc. They were the playing ground of financial lobbiest, industrial giants, logistic trade lables, real estate developers and speculants, and underground activities of drug dealers, financial criminals, etc. Expensive bureaucracy, police and other measure developed to manage this dark side of city explotation.

Brave leadership nowadays is producing a massive turnaround that is motivated by a new era in which awareness of certain key responsibilities have penetrated all layers of society. Things that were held for impossible a few decades ago are now florishing in certain municipalities as a modern age example of sustainable progress. We are still living in between the two realities but the new one, the healthy, participatory, environmental friendly one, is manifesting itself with great determination and growth. Gradually urban environments can become Sustainocracies.

Jean-Paul Close

Some examples on social media:

Barcelona car free superblocks

The city with the highest car density is transforming into a green pearl along the mediterrean sea. Since the 80´s we have seen a huge transformation of this once ugly, highly polluted, industrial harbour city into a genuine urban oases of livability and quality of life.

Paris redefining the Champs Elysees

An historical location known for its traffic chaos in Paris is now being redesigned to host art, nature, recreation and health. The introduction is in French but it shows the steps that the mega city is taking to make it a livable and dynamic environment. Not quite a sustainocracy yet but a few steps closer.

City Micro Farming

Increasingly food is being produced in the cities, close to and involving the consuming people. Our own FRE2SH program is inspiring people accross the world to initiate such processes.

7 principes for building cities (Peter Calthorpe)

We at Sustainocracy tend to agree with many the views of Peter Calthorpe on city design. The only difference is that we place them specifically into a human values centered context. We introduce the participation society around our five core natural human values as a shared responsibility. This makes a city more than a set of infrastructures. It brings a city alive with an identity, authenticity and interactive citizenship, 4 x WIN entrepreneurship and facilitating governance. The city becomes a self sustaining eco-system that has a rich and dynamic inner life and a symbiotic relationship with its surroundings.

The words that trigger city development now are “participation”, “shared responsibilities” and our “core natural values”, such as health and safety, with a much broader meaning of each of these two words then what we were used to. Developing our basic needs in community based districts is key and only briefly mentioned in this video. But still the video is a good basis that can be enhanced with Sustainocratic tables and development clusters.

Re-building Resilient Food System

On June 23rd at 16.00 CET we kick off a series of 10 months of online interaction, videos, inspiration and more about the importance of the development of regional food self sufficiency and resilience.

We will look at different techniques in the area of food system´s transformation. We will engage experts, share insights and try to collect best practices that we share as our global FRE2SH food community. You can register here for free for the online kickoff SAFARI talk on June 23rd at 16.00 CET.

The series is offered together with our global partners: Food Design Nation by Dr. Francesca Zampollo.

Have a look at my short personal intro:

Food for everyone in the world. Announcing a worldwide transformative food dialogue and community initiative.

In our world defined as Sustainocracy (sustainable human progress and real time democracy) we see food as a shared responsibility, a core value for human wellness, not as an industrialized commodity accessible only through financial means. The responsibility requires our engagement, attention, close cooperation with our natural environment and the modern application of knowledge and technologies where necessary.

Transformative dialogue and impuls

In June 2022 we start the FRE2SH worldwide dialogue and transformative impuls. We will share videos about insights, initiatives of regional self sufficiency and cocreation, usefull and innovative techniques, best practices, etc. We also establish monthly online dialogues, together with experts, on how to apply these techniques effectively in different environments in the world. We also invite our participants to share their experiences, the bottlenecks and their successes in the community.

Our global partner is the Online School of Food Design (OSFD) where this dialogue will be offered against a small community participation fee with which we can finance the videos and support people around the world to participate even if they lack the financial means but share the intentions.

The sustainocratic objective is: Healthy food in abundance for everyone on Earth without the destruction of our habitat and with the engagement of everyone (shared responsibility). Together we will eliminate hunger for ever, restore our productive relationship with nature and assure food abundance by establishing a food awareness and health culture. 

Are you already active in this field? Please join. Are you intending to become active? Please join. Are you just curious? Please join. Are you a city designer, a landscape designer, a new age 4 x WIN entrepreneur, a city executive, a farmer wishing to address things in a different way, a worried citizen, etc? Please join. Drop us a note (personal data and motivation) on jp@stadvanmorgen.com and we will inform you about it all in more detail.

Together we can make a difference!