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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.
The kick off of AiREAS in October 2012 marked a Milestone for me as founder of STIR and cofounder of AiREAS. It was satisfying to have been able to get to a multidisciplinary format in which the core value of regional health was leading, not politics or economy. And everyone was taking responsibility together in a Sustainocratic way.
Now, after 3 years, we have installed the basic network and developed some time of experience observing and interpretating air pollution data in relation to our exposure to it. Making visible the invisible was our first mission so we could try to understand the health hazards we were dealing with. We called this phase 1.
This phase was wrapped up with this publication oftered to for inspiration through the global publishing channels of Springer. We offer it free of charge in open access in order to reach an as large as possible audience in the world since air pollution is a major threat demanding our attention at all levels of society.
Enjoy! And hopefully you get inspired to do something with it.
While I am finalizing the forthcoming co-authored book on the completion of the first phase of AiREAS in Eindhoven, making visible the invisible, it is also proof of concept of Sustainocracy and the way a purpose driven multidisciplinary effort can solve the world issues. We have decided to make the book available through open access publishing. This means that we actually pay a fee to make it available free of charge for the whole world. We have chosen the world leading publisher Springer to make it available through their global network.
The book is written in four parts. The first part is written van Benjamin Roosen and refers to the end of story of capitalism. Every end of an era announces the beginning of a new. In 2013 this article already opened up the minds and worries of many. http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/19872-capitalism-and-the-destruction-of-life-on-earth-six-theses-on-saving-the-humans
The second part is written by me and talks about my own process of awakening to the harsh reality of a destructive future and my desire to leave something more sustainable behind for my children. I went through the painful process of letting go as described already by psychiatrist Abraham Dubrowki. Positive disintegration and the secondary integration have a special effect on how one relates to the world and its many realities. My own evolutionary process can be read in this blog that I started in 2010 I believe. Awareness alone is not enough. The intention to do something that actually shows a route forward that is safer than what we are heading for today, sufficiently disruptive to make a difference but equally interesting for partners to participate, was complex and challenging. I arrived at defining Sustainocracy which resulted in the first sustainocratic venture, called AiREAS, in 2010. Now, five years later we have completed the first cycle, the first STIR loop.
The third part of the book describes the technological and scientific challenge of making visible the invisible in the context of air pollution. It is written by the scientists and technological specialists who did the co-creation. This part of the book also contains an introduction by AiREAS co-founder Marco van Lochem.
The fourth and last part of the book describes the experiences we have had since the installation of the visualization network and also the problems we faced to actually take responsibility together with the impediments caused by the transaction and tax based system.
As we were writing the book to close off this chapter, while we are already working on phase 2 and 3 in Eindhoven, expanding phase 1 into the world of cities, we took some time to reference our work with theories that evolve around the world. It is interesting now to see how Otto Scharmer uses his U-theory to come to insights as well as a definition of an eco-based community. See here: https://www.presencing.com/ego-to-eco/social-evolution. In this link you find the highly illustrative matrix that I show below and in which I positioned AiREAS (right hand bottom).
Sustainocracy actually positions all society in that corner of the matrix, not just AiREAS. It is the field of harmonization for wellbeing that I defined in my own model of human complexities.
I will post the link to the book here and on the Global AiREAS blog when it becomes available in about 8 weeks time.