Buckminster Fuller’s World Peace Game was a paradigm-shifting proposal from the last century which hypothesized our capacity as a species to create a world that works for 100% of life through spontaneous cooperation to the detriment of none. Presently, it is now actually possible to gamify sustainable development using decentralized finance and geospatial technologies to achieve the spontaneous cooperation Fuller proved was possible.
HOMEdash is a system to enable geodesign at a planetary scale, filling the gap in Fuller’s proposal which was left due to the absence of sufficient technologies. Geodesign is a framework for sustainable development which utilizes geospatial technologies to respond to local needs and ecosystem pressures while measuring the actual impact of design interventions on a landscape and facilitating communication between stakeholders around real data and virtual models.
Geographic information systems like HOMEdash can facilitate communication between the people of a place, planners, scientists, and technologists to reveal surprising solutions and synergies, enabling us to think global and act local
HOME stands for the Heartbeat Of Mother Earth because it is a system which truly makes visible the heartbeat of the Earth through real time data showing trends in planetary systems. It is decentralized and open source, showing the global regeneration movement in real time by tracking the health of the world’s oceans, rivers, soils, forests, and more. The dashboard focuses on data around the consumption of planetary resources and gives real-time updates about our Earth’s carrying capacity, including our progress towards the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
HOMEdash is a scenario planning tool designed to empower decision making with up-to-date information needed to manage natural resources in a transparent and responsive format. Because of its accessible format it can become the go-to hub for sustainability education and impact investment, showcasing lessons learned from leaders in regenerative development worldwide.
Sustainable Cities (Goal 11) is one area where geographic information systems like HOMEdash can have the greatest impact.
HOMEdash is a whole systems tool designed to tell the story of the regenerative movement from a global perspective. The interactive dashboard is being designed to address themes like resource management, overconsumption, and rapid urbanization using maps, graphs, and charts which are captivating and vibrant.
Inspired by the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, HOMEdash goes a step further putting the power to catalyze a worldwide movement toward sustainability in the hands of grassroots organizations, multilateral agencies, and the private sector, no longer relying on national governments alone to manage and report data about progress toward the goals. HOMEdash empowers governments, investors, small businesses, foundations, non profits, corporations, and grassroots organizations and serves as a platform for cooperation toward our mutual thriving and co-creation of a world that works for all. The platform simultaneously supports strategic resource management and good governance as well as efficiency and transparency. It also helps the private sector by providing insights to amplify impact. HOMEdash serves the greater public by facilitating coordination, leadership, and direction while providing visibility to grassroots projects.
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What Work Has Been Done
Two holistic frameworks have been selected to achieve the project’s goals, Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Wheel of Co-Creation, and Sharif Abdullah’s 12 Global Challenges. When layered on top of one another, the two perspectives on holistic problem-solving together provide a simultaneously epistemological and ontological approach to planetary regeneration in which nothing is left out.
Pairing large-scale challenges with their corresponding sector of influence is simple for some and straightforward for others while still others point to interesting synergies which can be highlighted to create innovation around our world’s toughest challenges. For example, Economics challenges are clearly the domain of the Economic sector, the same kind of obvious pairing exists with Health, Media, and Spirituality challenges, it is clear which sector’s domain they fall within. Ecology challenges are less clearly the domain of the Environment sector, Politics the domain of Governance experts, and Security challenges the realm of the Relations sector.
This table synthesizes the information from Barbara Marx Hubbard and Sharif Abdullah’s systems for holistic global thinking and suggests an approach that addresses more difficult challenges first.
Global data about our world’s toughest challenges will be organized by sector, drawing the expertise of institutions, organizations, corporations, and individuals to the relevant challenges and encouraging cross-pollination between disciplines. HOMEdash will also foster links between sectors through a thirteenth portal which synthesizes data from all twelve other portals into a holistic view of the Earth, giving real-time updates about her carrying capacity and health of planetary systems. Our mission is to show the value of making informed decisions about world peace by empowering decision-makers with easy to access, relevant data.
Work is already being done to implement this system in a real-world context and a pilot program has been initiated in Tulum, Mexico. Visit www.regentulum.com to learn more about the initiative to protect, restore, and improve the manmade and natural environment using HOMEdash.
Moving forward, Born Global and partners hope to build out the minimum viable product (MVP) of HOMEdash with a technical team of software/computer engineers and scientists. The system architecture will be designed to collect and store data in multiple formats to be displayed on a 3D map. An engaging user interface which centers storymaking and customizable functionality will be designed for both desktop and mobile. The MVP will feature one portal for each of the sectors listed above and another portal to provide an overall view across sectors.
The system will be tested by mapping the first two challenges on the list, energy and habitat, focusing on biomes related to key initiatives of the Foundation. Captivating stories of impactful regeneration will be identified throughout this process. Opportunities to engage interns, volunteers, and activists will also be cultivated, including a hackathon in December 2021.
In the process of launching the first two art and science portals our goal is to set up a comprehensive data model for all Born Global projects and lay the groundwork to create a central database which resembles a living system. This will enable the foundation to track the impact of key projects like the bio hub through feedback loops which continuously grow a comprehensive database of useful information.
We are currently seeking partners for the remaining ten sectors and are open to sponsorships from aligned institutions and allies. Our goal is to generate coalitions grounded in existing communities like Tulum and Beirut where regenerative projects are taking place as test cases to generate real world applications for HOMEdash and demonstrate its viability as a solutions-oriented tool for sustainable development.
An interactive user interface with customizable elements allows HOMEdash to tell the story of our collective initiative to overcome global challenges, effectively gamifying sustainable development at a global scale using the 2030 SDGs as initial targets for success.
Our work plan includes one, three, five, and ten year milestones beginning this August 2021 and culminating in August 2031 after the successful implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. As a preliminary goal we have identified the opportunity to present at the World Biodiversity Forum in Davos this coming June 2022.
Veronica Anderson is a visionary architect and founder of Studio Sanadora, the design house spearheading the creation of HOMEdash and other sustainable development initiatives. Her work in community development, sacred architecture, and geodesign is inspired by biophilia, biomimicry, and organic forms. Veronica has a Bachelors of Architecture from Temple University, has worked in the field of architecture and sustainable development since 2008, and earned a Masters of Geodesign from Jefferson University in 2015. She calls her work Deep Design because the inherent interconnectedness of our inner world and the built environment informs her ethos. Veronica was invited to speak at the United Nations in 2017 about the power of GIS and use of Geodesign as a framework for achieving the SDGs.