What is a Resource Based Economy?
If you have no idea what a Resource Based Economy is or why we need one then you will want to check out my post the Cancer of Capitalism. I also have several other posts written on that topic which I will list below. Please take the time to read these so you will understand what we are talking about here because this is a powerful, world changing, and intense topic:
- The Cancer of Capitalism
- Productivity and Motivation in a Resource Based Economy?
- How will a Resource Based Economy work? What will it look like?
- Benefits of a Resource Based Economy for Industries and Businesses
Social and Political Requirements?
In this document I am NOT going to cover the visceral and radical social or political changes that might be required in order to get to this point where we might be able to start this process. That is a whole different issue altogether and will require a massive global values change. I am sort of working on a post that covers parts of this topic – the Disease of Separation. My policy site addresses a global values change on a fundamental level and is a great start towards this work.
This document will be just a broad overview of some of the technical steps needed. There are many, many more steps especially once start looking at each individual step and other requirements like pollution controls, ecological studies, etc. With each step we complete we are marching ever closer toward a more peaceful, happier, and efficient world where we can eliminate poverty and suffering.
What are the Basic Steps?
To actually start moving towards a more efficient and sustainable society we will have to tackle the technical aspects of this problem step-by-step.
Here are the basic steps which shall be organized into 2 broad categories:
- Laying the Foundation
- Define Resource and Infrastructure Needs
- Global Distributed Resource Management System (GDRMS)
- Resource Survey
- Needs Survey
- Changing the World
- Start With Those Who are Suffering First
- Resource Management
- Global Smart Cities Buildout
A powerful two-fold effect of this process will be:
- the creation of many, many jobs, especially in the final steps where we really get into the implementation after laying the rather significant technical groundwork for it;
- more efficient distribution of human resources, goods, and production which shall reduce poverty and suffering.
Laying the Foundation
Define Resource and Infrastructure Needs
Individual Resource Needs
First and foremost, we will need to figure out what resources and services each and every person will need to in order to live a happy and content life and live up to their maximum potential. Of course, each and every person is going to be different in what they would really need beyond these basics, but these will be the most common and powerful resources and services that ALL will need:
- Product Needs
- other personal resources (phones, TV’s computers, toothbrushes, etc)
- internet and distributed computing
- sensors and automation
- production and processing
- waste management
- entertainment, parks, and exercise, etc
Define Infrastructure Needs
Once we know what the people of our communities will need then we will have to define what sort of infrastructure will be needed in order to provide these resources to each individual and to each municipality such as:
- schools (elementary, high school, college, trade schools), teachers
- sustainable energy farms and energy transmission and management systems
- internet backbone and integrated network cabling
- mass transportation, transportation hubs, scheduling
- what urban and intelligent city designs
- and so much more…
This information will be needed to help us in designing a sustainable, smart, and efficient urban and resource management plan.
Global Distributed Resource Management System (GDRMS)
We will have to build the core management infrastructure required to make all of this happen. Without this infrastructure nothing else will be possible. We will need a Global Distributed Resource Management System (GDRMS) which will need installations or app availability at each level so that it can summarize their needs and available resources, services, and production, and then send it up to the next level. This process would be repeated from each lower level to the level above it until we have the combined knowledge of Humanity’s entire global needs
The GDRMS access at the individual person level will most likely just be an internet website or a mobile app access that they use from their municipality’s installation. The municipality and the levels above will have a full installation of the distributed management system which shall collect and summarize the data received from their level and the previous levels summaries.
Resource Management Levels (RML)
Here are the Resource Management Levels (RML) which moves from the lowest and focused level of the individual all the way up to to a completely interstellar society:
Resource Management Data Sets (RMDS)
Each GDRMS shall record 4 ginormous Resource Management Data Sets (RMDS) for their RML:
- Human Resources:
- Needs: what human resources are needed to support this level of community (jobs, skill sets, trades)
- Availability – how many people and what skills are currently available (construction worker, web developer, doctor)
- Deficits – what skills sets or knowledge areas are missing or needed
- Excess – number of people overloading a skill set or knowledge set
- Natural Resources:
- Needs – what environmental requirements are there to support this level of community (farmland, parks, nature preserves)
- Availability – what are the currently available natural resources occurring:
- subsurface resources (oil, iron, sand)
- surface resources (land, animals, plants, water, air)
- supersurface – sky
- Deficits – what natural areas are missing or needed (parks, ecological repair)
- Excess – broad expanses of unused and open land
- Manufacturing and Production:
- Needs – what manufacturing and production requirements are required to support this level of community
- Availability– what is the current availability of production or manufacturing (crops, tires)
- Deficits – what production is missing or needed to satisfy local needs
- Excess – what production does the area have in excess (excess manufacturing or surplus stock)
- Needs – what are the service requirements to support this level of community
- Availability – what services are currently available (healthcare, internet, mass transportation)
- Deficits – what services are missing or needed to satisfy local needs
- Excess – are their any surplus services that are over saturating the local market
Then, utilizing the GDRMS we start recording all of the available resources we have at each level from the individual to the entire world.
If we do not know what resources we have then how can we manage it effectively and efficiently?
Using the GDRMS we need to find out what our individuals and communities need – what are their resource deficits. We will also want to classify the severity of those deficits too, so we know what communities are suffering the most so we can target them first.
If we do not know what is needed then how can we provide it?
Healing The World
Start with Those Who are Suffering
We have severe excess and severe impoverishment all over the world, so we start with those who have less and build them up and then, as those who have less than all others have caught up significantly which will greatly ease global impoverishment and suffering, then we can work on making lives better for the rest of us who are more well off.
Once we know what our resources are, where they are, and who needs them, then we will need to:
- connect the local resource and service suppliers and their management chains to the local resource needs so we can intelligently and efficiently manage the resources to get to where they are needed which should prevent wasting resources
- connect jobs needed to the people who need work which can greatly reduce unemployment because we will knowing who needs work and what work needs to be done
- If needed we can also:
- build the facilities needed to meet a local or regional needs
- request adjustment in existing local production to meet local or regional needs.
The GDRMS will also act as a great source to help people find jobs because we will know where their skillset is needed and where it is not. This process may also to help to bring about more remote work or having people relocate to fill work needed elsewhere.
Global Smart Cities Buildout
Build New Smart Cities
The final step would be to build brand new cities to replace all of our current out-of-date, poorly managed, inefficient, and non-sustainable cities (Flint). These Smart Cities will be built to sustainably support a specific population and will be centered on maximizing an individual’s potential as well as maximizing efficiency and sustainability with such features as:
- communities shall be designed from the ground up to support a specific population as well as handling transient populations (visitors, tourists, etc), and will need to be planned to account for a level of population growth (children, families combining, marriage, adoption, etc)
- smart (sensor laden)
- automated (through the use of sensors, AI, autonomous technology, and global resource management)
- highly localized sustainable energy with excess created to meet future local and regional demands
- highly localized sustainable organic food production to meet future local and regional demands
- sustainable and automated mass transportation (electric buses, hyperloop, monorail) within each city and connecting each New Smart City
- sustainable, smart, efficient, and disaster resistant housing and buildings
- primary focus of education and research for each city
- universal access to internet and computing resources
- open access to resource management data (data on local and global needs, production, resources, and services) which can spawn innovation
- resource sharing sites
Recycle and Remediate the Old Cities
As we build these new Smart Cities we will need to completely deconstruct and recycle the old city while hopefully being able to use some of the old city’s resources to build the new more efficient one.
Once a New Smart City is completed we can move a population there and then remediate the old inefficient city’s land to a natural state which shall include forests, prairie lands, and so on based on the locality’s needs for climate change and/or ecological restoration.
The process here will create many, many new jobs, and industries from building city recycling, AI, and so many more.
I hope this gives you an idea as to how we could work towards a more efficient method of organizing and recording the use of the world’s resources and to help solve poverty and suffering globally. When we know what resources we have, where the resources are, and who needs what then we can get these resources to them.