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Rebuilding our foundational infrastructure

We need to step into a phase of rebuilding. Rebuilding not towards what we had but towards an increasingly antifragile and empathetic society. This transition will require governments, institutions, companies, and associations to rethink and reconstruct the contextual settings [FIGURE 1] in which people operate - society’s platform for the future. It is increasingly clear how the micro molecular violences of late 20th century society e.g. air pollution, noise pollution, light pollution, household stresses, nutrient decline, etc. foundationally impact our mental health and wellbeing and thereby limit the collective capacity of our society.

Remaking our institutional…


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A self-sovereign digital identity (SSID) empowering individuals to engage in heritage and legacy-planning, establishing trusted connections with future generations and their environment.

Dark Matter Labs and IOTA Foundation — with significant conceptual contributions from Futures Literacy experts at UNESCO and Finland Futures Research Centre at University of Turku — are launching Persistent Selv; an exploratory demo app empowering individuals to improve their ecological footprints, by prospecting their environmental legacies and establishing trusted connections with future generations.

Click here to test the Persistent Selv demo app.

INTERDEPENDENCIES WITH THE PAST AND THE FUTURE

“We live in an era of pathological short-termism. Our politicians can barely see past the next election or latest tweet. Markets spike then crash in speculative bubbles. Nations sit around…


Financing the Transition — Blog 3.

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This is the third of a series of blogs on financing the transformations that our societies need. It is part of our project ‘Re-coding for a civic capital economy’, co-financed by EIT Climate-KIC, and also builds on ideas developed through the EmergenE Room programme with McConnell Foundation, our work with Viable Cities, and the EIT Climate-KIC supported Long Term Alliance. See the first and second blog here and here.

Introduction

In the first post of the Bridging the Gap series, we outlined our overall Investment Thesis. This entails the urgent need to transition existing public…


Financing the Transition — Blog 2.

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This is the second of a series of blogs on financing the transformations that our societies need. It is part of our project ‘Re-coding for a civic capital economy’, co-financed by EIT Climate-KIC, and also builds on ideas developed through the EmergenE Room programme with McConnell Foundation, our work with Viable Cities, and the EIT Climate-KIC supported Long Term Alliance. See the first blog here.

Linked to the climate crisis is a huge funding gap estimated to be $6 trillion annually. There is both an opportunity and demand to look at the problem through…


Financing the Transition — Blog1.

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This is the first of a series of blogs on financing the transformations that our societies need. It is part of our project ‘Re-coding for a civic capital economy’, co-financed by EIT Climate-KIC, and also builds on ideas developed through the EmergenE Room programme with McConnell Foundation, our work with Viable Cities, and the EIT Climate-KIC supported Long Term Alliance.

Introduction

Our generation is facing an unprecedented long emergency — from climate crisis to economic hardships to health emergencies to social injustice — all further exposed and deepened by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Governments around…


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Let’s Go Long..

“We need to create opportunities to invest into a sustainable future… and at the same time design it in a way that we can finance it.”

Our societal institutional infrastructures no longer have the capacity to consider the future meaningfully. The examples of climate change mitigation, plastic pollution, and structural deficits in funding infrastructure (novel or normal), demonstrate an inability to manage future catastrophic risks and needs at a societal level.

This gap has not only structurally limited our capacity to manage societal scale risks, but also our capabilities to construct existential prospects, a deficit which has seen an accumulation…


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Initiating a discussion towards pathways to unlocking a democratically-desired climate transition. (För svenska följ denna länk)

In the report “100 climate-neutral cities by 2030 — by and for the citizens” [1], the EU Mission Board for Climate Neutral Cities proposes the development of “a multi-level and co-creative process formalised in a Climate City Contract, adjusted to the realities of each city, […] aiming at the shared goal of the mission”. Meanwhile in Sweden the first nine cities signed a national Climate Contract (Klimatkontrakt 2030) on the 11th of December 2020, together with four government agencies and Viable Cities. The concept…


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Inledning till en diskussion om utvecklingsvägar för en demokratiskt önskvärd klimatomställning. (In English follow this link)

I sin rapport “100 climate-neutral cities by 2030 — by and for the citizens” [1], föreslår EU:s styrgrupp för klimatneutrala städer utvecklingen av en “multi-level and co-creative process formalised in a Climate City Contract, adjusted to the realities of each city, […] aiming at the shared goal of the mission”. I Sverige undertecknade de nio första städerna ett nationellt klimatavtal (Klimatkontrakt 2030) den 11 december 2020, tillsammans med fyra nationella myndigheter och programmet Viable Cities. Klimatkontraktet som koncept kommer att vidareutvecklas under de närmaste…


Our ‘partner-manual’ to help those working with us to understand better the way we show up.

Why is collaboration so hard?

Addressing our age of interconnected risks — from climate change to massive inequality — is beyond the capacity of individual actors. Meaningful change will require a network and movement of very different interdependent change-agents and organisations working together to manage the complexity of the moment we find ourselves in.

Despite this need, our social and economic systems are designed with a heavy emphasis on separation and self-interest (more on that here); it is not surprising that deep collaboration often feels like wading through mud…


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This blog is part of a partnership exploring practical tools for a new type of organising with the purpose of creating ‘public good’. In it we set out a couple dominant assumptions and the impact we believe they’ve had for how we govern and organise. We then put forward a couple of alternative assumptions and the impact they could have, and explore alternative ‘21st century’ principles for governing and organising for ‘public good’. We lay out the actions planned by this partnership and invite you to take part.

When we organise with the explicit purpose of creating public good/value —…

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Designing 21st Century Dark Matter for a Decentralised, Distributed & Democratic tomorrow; part of @infostructure00

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