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Sustainocracy in Law School

On May 8th, 2020, Dr. Ana Berti Suman defended her thesys on “Citizen’s Sensing” online and responded to peer reviewers questions. The day before she organised an online seminar with participation from the entire world. As one of the cases (AiREAS) of her Phd study I was asked to a short background presentation. My argument of citizen’s sensing was context driven, namely from the humanitarian view of one that defends core human values such as health and healthy air. How do existing laws help AiREAS, or stand our processes in the way? Or should there be new regulatory rules to govern citizen’s taking initiative to monitor their own environment using technological aids and confronting government with their insights and results.

A cartoonist made a drawing of my arguments. The blog about the seminar and all the speakers can be read on the Tilburg University’s School of Law site.

My motivation to take action for health in 2009

Inspiration 6: Sustainocratic tables

An sustainocratic table ready to determine regional priorities together

#Sustainocracy, our new #democracy, introduced a totally new way of thinking and handling. It is a real time democracy based on our core human values. We do that with the Sustainocratic table. No banks, no politics are involved, just our regional core human values and shared responsibility.

The table is managed by an independent #Sustainocrat. He or she invites all relevant parties to the table and makes sure that the human natural core values lead the result and project driven dialogue. I have been practicing this role for 10 years now. It was not easy to get everyone to the table but I managed to get it going after much trial and error….

The table symbolizes our  regional society, our #community. The table has four supportive legs, each representing a key participant of our society today:

#citizens – our behavior and culture
#government – common infrastructures and use of our public funds
#entrepreneurs – innovative solutions
#science and #eduction – our applied learning process

On top of the table are our core natural human values as shared #responsability. The sustainocrat at the table connects all four leg’s representatives based on #equality around the table. Each have equal part in the values driven process. Nobody is “the boss”, also not the Sustainocrat. They come together to safeguard the common core values through proactive, results driven innovative projects.

Current existing examples of such tables, with me as connecting Sustainocrat:

#AiREAS: air quality, health and mobility
#School of Talent and Wellness: participatory learning
#FRE2SH: regional food security
#COS3i: social inclusion and citizens participation in our core human values

Example of a table in real life dealing with local air quality and health AiREAS
AiREAS in practice, signing the regional cooperation covering 21 municipalities

#qualityoflife #stirfoundation #STIR #StadvanMorgen  Instagram: @aireas2 @cos3i

Co-authors and enablers celebrate their AiREAS publication

Phase 3 of the healthy city project named AiREAS was focused on getting civilian engagement with the challenge of reducing the air pollution in town and improving the integral environmental and human health of the community.  The results of nearly 2 years of investigation by scientists, civilians, civil servants and social entrepreneurs has been written down in this open access publication. It has become common practice in AiREAS that those who had a leading role in the process also co-author the publication of the findings. For some it is the first time their name is attached to a global manuscript. Others are already being referenced as authorities in their field of (scientific) expertise. It is also common practice that successes are being celebrated together with the enablers of the project. These enablers coauthored phase 1 of AiREAS which was published earlier this year. On the group photo, from left to right: Jaap Ham, Hans Verhoeven, Eric de Groot, Nicolette Meeder, Dilek Demir, Jean-Paul Close, Rüstem Demir, Edwin Weijtmans, Marco van Lochem and John Schmeitz. Missing are Mary-Ann Schreurs and Pierre Cluitmans who were bot travelling.