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6th International Reporting 3.0 Conference 2019 17/18 June 2019 | Erasmus Pavilion Rotterdam, The Netherlands Activating Transformation Redefining Activism - Collapse & Transformation - Impeding Elephants Dr. Daniel Christian Wahl Artwork: Banksy

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  • 6th International Reporting 3.0 Conference 201917/18 June 2019 | Erasmus Pavilion Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Activating TransformationRedefining Activism - Collapse & Transformation - Impeding Elephants

    Dr. Daniel Christian WahlArtwork: Banksy

  • @DrDCWahlTwitter Feed with 5.2K Followers

    Redefining ActivismWhat do you activate with the power of your attention & intention?

    How do we design for positive emergence in complex dynamic systems?

    Paying attention to the following:

    Who are the participants in the systems and what is meaningful to them?

    Who is connected to whom & what are the qualities of their connections?

    What information flows in the system & what is the quality of the information?

    Which actors/agents/participants need to be engaged more/better?

    What kind of qualitative and quantitative informations needs to flow between participants?

    What connections in the system need to be woven and nurtured? …

    @RegenerativeCulturesFacebook Page with 32.2K Followers

    @EcologicalConsciousnessFacebook Page with 211.1K Followers

    https://medium.com/@designforsustainabilityBlog on Medium.com with 18.1K Followers

    Photo: Ralph Thurm


  • Scales of Regenerative Design Practice

    Redefining ActivismAre you adding value and health to the whole system?

    Design for Human and Planetary Health - A Holistic / Integral Approach to Complexity & SustainabilityD.C. Wahl, 2006, PhD at Centre for the Study of Natural Design, University of DundeeJohn Stewart, 2014

  • We are undergoing a species level rite of passage!!!

    Collapse & TransformationHow do we embrace collapse as a catalyst of transformation & regeneration?

    Steffen et al., 2018 Jem Bendell, 2018 IPBES, 2019

    IPCC, 2018

    Great Thurnberg, 2019

    David Attenborough (WEF Twitter feed), 2019

    Notre Dame burning!, 2019

    Source: Robert Gilman, 2018

    Zero Sum - games can be won! Non-Zero Sum - everyone wins or everyone looses

  • Collapse & TransformationHow do we activate glo-cal collaboration in bioregional regeneration?

    The World’s Aquifers (Robert Szucs): The World’s Bioregions?

  • Figure reproduced from ‘Design Regenerative Culture’ (Wahl, 2016)

    Impeding Elephants I: Bioregional Circular Biomaterials EconomiesAt what scale, do we cycle what, with energy from where?

    ‘Circular Economy’ approaches need biophysicaland energetic realism:

    Cycles at local and regional scale use less energyand have less negative environmental, social andeconomic impacts.

    In the long run we will need to contract the flows inthe technical (fossil material) cycle and increase the flows in the biological cycles.

    There are chemical, physical and energetic limits to recycling and up-cycling for most elements

    Regionally focussed biomaterials-based circulareconomies require high levels of policy regulation tooptimise the cascading use of resources.

  • C.H.O.N. - There will be an inevitable decline and eventual unavailability of rare elements, rare metals, and fossil energy sources that require us to build our material culture of the future from

    E.R.O.E.I. (Energy Return on Energy Invested) - a ratio of the energy needed to drill, mine or build energy sources to the amount of energy obtained

    M.O.R.E.I. (Material Return on Energy Inverted) - a ratio of the amount of energy needed to extract minerals to the amount of pure/concentrated materials obtained

    Impeding Elephans I: Circular Biomaterials EconomyHow do we create a living/regenerative material culture?

    There are three types of limits to obtaining metals & minerals:

    Economic Limit - too expensive to mine in the current economyMineralogical Limit - too low concentration in substrate to mineEnergy Limit - mining requires critical amount of energy (needed for other uses)

    Source: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011 https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/endangered-elements-conserving-the-building-blocks-of-life/

    The Mineralogical Triangle





  • Impeding Elephants I: Circular Biomaterials EconomyHow do we re-pattern our material culture?

    The Element Cascade

    Source: Ian Page, 2019(personal comments & unpublished data) Graphics: Bob Horn, 2019

    (draft version)

  • Economic feedback diagrams that show the energy inputs to the economy and the resulting outputs are used for at different times (past and future) based on actual and expected E.R.O.E.I.

    Discretionary expenditure is everything we can expect the economic systems to do for us other than just maintain itself.

    Impeding Elephant I: Circular Biomaterials EconomyAt what scale, do we cycle what, with energy from where?

    Source: ‘Energy and the Wealth of Nations’, Charles Hall & Kent Klitgaard, 2011

  • Impeding Elephants II: A Science of QualitiesHow to we value multiple ways of knowing?

    Four Ways of Knowing (C.G. Jung, 1971)

    Worldview matters!

    Graphic Source: Holonomics by Simon Robinson & Maria Moraes Robinson, 2014

  • Nora Bateson

    Impeding Elephants II: A Science of QualitiesHow do we value qualities without reducing them to quantitative proxies?

    Source: Reporting 3.0

    “Warm Data circumnavigates the limitations inherent to statistical analysis by engaging a transcontextual research methodology, bringing not only context, but multiple contexts into the inquiry process. In order to interface with any complex system without disrupting the cohesion of the interdependencies that give it integrity, we must look at the spread of relationships that makNora Bateson, 2017









    Multiple epistemologies: a transcontextual fourth Bottom Line?

    A Multi-capital & Multi-Epistemological Approach?

  • www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-christian-wahl-phdLinked-In Profile

    Thank You!

    @EcologicalConsciousnessFacebook Page

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    https://medium.com/@designforsustainabilityBlog on Medium.com

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    https://www.triarchypress.net/drc.htmlBook: Designing Regenerative Cultures