THE WORLD DOES NOT HAVE TO WORK THE WAY IT WORKS - IT CAN BE WHATEVER WE CHOOSE IT TO BE
Create as many improvements to the American system as we can in as many ways possible with ideas that are already successful in other places. America is ranked very low in many categories and the changes we need to make are somewhat revolutionary, but as Thomas Jefferson said, we need a revolution every 20 years! We are way behind schedule.
IDEAS FOR THE RIGHT NOW
- Declare War on Abrupt Climate Change
- Make America 100% Renewable Energy Efficient by 2050 and employ millions
- Create "AmeriCare" and provide health care for all Americans
- Institute Ranked Choice Voting in all elections
- Democratize corporations and work environments
- Create National Mass Transit programs with new technology
- Re-Invent Student Debt
- Make the Internet Equal Access for All
- Repeal the TeleCommunications Act of 1996
- Re-instate the Glass-Stegall Act of 1934
- Change Corporate rules so that Boards of Directors include Labor and Environmental Representatives
- Make Election Day a Holiday
- Make All Federal and State Elections Publicly Financed
- Create a new education system designed to guide every student to a skill or advanced education which include extensive apprenticeship programs so that all will be ready for employment upon graduation
- Build new food production systems to reduce chemicals and water consumption
- Re-Cast our Criminal Justice System
- Stop the War on Drugs
- Stop the War in Afghanistan
- Get out of Syria
- Make Health Care companies non-profit
- Legalize hemp and marijuana
- Outlaw weapons of war for civilians
- Update the Second Amendment to the 21st Century and replace the word "militia" with "National Guard."
Here is another good idea:
Indian Farmers Store Water In The Fields
BHUNGROO WINS THE 2017 BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
NEW YORK CITY (October 11, 2017) - The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Challenge: Bhungroo, a project of the Sustainable Green Initiative Forum (SGIF) in Gujarat State, India. The project was submitted by Trupti Jain and Biplab Ketan Paul, SGIF’s co-founders.
Bhungroo (meaning “straw” or “hollow pipe” in Gujarati) has developed a deceptively simple, “low-tech” but highly innovative technology that can filter, inject, and store water from precipitation in the water table up to a depth of 300 meters in the subsoil. The project uses this novel technology to dramatic benefit for poor farmers in a multi-dimensional strategy that boosts crop yields and food security, raises rural incomes, improves soil fertility, combats the effects of climate change, and radically enhances the wellbeing and social status of women.
The Fuller Challenge Review Committee found Bhungroo to be a perfect demonstration of one of Buckminster Fuller’s favorite dictums: "If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
Bhungroo’s water storage system occupies a very small footprint. Using only 1 square meter of surface area to drill, it allows multiple farmers to collectively preserve and retrieve up to 40 million liters of stored rainwater. This is game changing in tropical and equatorial regions where monsoon seasons alternate with very dry periods and droughts, a situation compounded by the further instability brought by climate change. While simple to implement and operate, this water storage method is highly sophisticated and is based on a deep understanding of climatic, hydrological, and geological factors. Bhungroo uses 17 technical designs that weigh 27 variables to find the ideal locations and depths at which to store water.
In addition to alleviating hunger and poverty and enhancing food security, SGIF, which combines social enterprise with non-profit components, is strongly focused on boosting the income and status of women farmers and of others at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid because of religion, caste, or ethnicity in the often rigidly patriarchal rural regions where they work. SGIF achieves this by training groups of women farmers to form entrepreneurial collectives that run, own, and operate the water storage systems. The organization provides them with access to larger social networks and ongoing training and support. They are also developing pictorial educational apps that will permit illiterate farmers to master the technology.
“While as a technological artifact, Bhungroo is scaled down as much as possible, the scale of its vision itself is global,” said Melissa Kelly, sustainability analyst and member of the Fuller Challenge Review Committee. “And in its social enterprise elements, it also offers a fundamental challenge to existing social systems. The solution anticipates many critical future issues: women’s empowerment, food security, poverty alleviation, and how to become resilient in the face of rainfall patterns that will become even more erratic as the climate changes further.”
Bhungroo’s model, which has proven to be very successful in Gujarat, is expanding to other parts of India. The SGIF team is also consulting with groups in Bangladesh, Ghana, Togo, and Vietnam that are seeking to adapt Bhungroo for their agrarian communities. This deceptively simple but revolutionary approach, which allows smallholder farmers to survive and thrive in the face of drought, monsoon flooding, and ever more erratic precipitation patterns, simultaneously empowers women and the poorest of the poor. It is clearly a “trimtab,” to use Fuller’s term, that can improve life for millions of the world’s most disenfranchised people.