1 The Context of Stability Operations
1.1 Promoting civilian self-sufficiency allows us to focus on other areas
1.2 Reducing resource scarcity reduces the preconditions for conflict to arise
1.3.1 John Boyd The Strategic Game of ? and ? ("Survive, survive on own terms, or improve our capacity for independent action."
1.3.2 All You Need Is Love (on Yasir Arafat demobing Black September by marrying them off)
1.3.3 "Sometimes you kill people. Sometimes there's some left over." (Lindsey on current refugee doctrine)
2 Seven Observations About Belligerence and Dependency
2.1 1. Peaceful and self-sufficient people require little attention.
2.2 2. Restoring self-sufficiency could be a cheap way of reducing the number of belligerent people.
2.3 3. Efficient resource use is an effective way of supporting self-sufficiency.
2.4 4. Farming is the root of all self-sufficiency.
2.5 5. Free market economics often results in robust resource availability and efficient resource use.
2.6 6. Everybody has capital. Everybody has infrastructure. Everybody made a living before the fighting started.
2.7 7. Real problems are intergenerational in nature. Changing the environment in which children are raised is an investment in future peace and stability, and may represent a neglected critical intervention point.
3 Problems and Solutions
3.1 Time (Stability)
3.1.1 Disruption of long-term projects like building reservoirs
3.2 Capital (Money)
3.2.1 Civilization is a pile of sunk costs in the form of our capital infrastructure. No capital, no civilization.
3.2.2 Disruption of capital storage
|you cannot "live off the interest" when your stuff is gone|
220.127.116.11 Farmland practices
18.104.22.168 Operational businesses
22.214.171.124 Cattle and livestock
3.2.3 Grameen bank shows how key access to working capital is in restoring self-sufficiency
3.3 Therefore solutions have to be fast and cheap
3.3.1 modularity of modern infrastructure approaches
126.96.36.199 worldchanging.com—002202.html see "Envisioning a Leapfrogged World" - (I wrote it a year ago, google for it.)
4 The Hexayurt Research Agenda
4.1.1 Work with systems, not with solutions
4.1.2 Be self-sufficiency oriented
4.1.3 Restore a higher level of normality
4.1.4 Restore local control and self-determination
4.1.5 Avoid all concepts related to "charity."
4.2.1 Buy off the shelf
4.2.2 Do not replicate: purchase, license and trade
4.2.3 Create a marketplace through forming a community of practice
4.3.1 Create, document and publicize a working "design pattern" for restoring self-sufficiency to displaced peoples and others affected by misfortune
4.3.2 Facilitate successful implementations of this (and other!) restorative interventions.
4.3.3 (long run) Work towards prevention.
5 What You Are Funding
5.1 Two classes of research
5.1.1 Systems architecture
|building the systems, assembling the components, testing the core technologies (where necessary)|
|understanding new possibilities and writing them into research goals|
5.2 Systems Architecture Goals
5.2.1 Goal One: Make the hexayurt building readily available as an off-the-shelf item.
188.8.131.52.1 consult with all relevant and affected parties on which size and features we should prioritize
184.108.40.206.2 finalize requirement (field durability, shipping form)
220.127.116.11.3 finalize building materials
18.104.22.168.4 source finished kits
22.214.171.124.1 published prices and delivery schedules for a high quality product
5.2.2 Goal Two: Completely document the design process
126.96.36.199.1 electronically publish detailed notes on every aspect of the hexayurt design, with carefully detailed "decision documentation" showing why things as they are, and documenting trails we found to be dead ends as carefully as those that bore fruit.
5.2.3 Goal Three: Create assembly resources
188.8.131.52.1 hand outs for people building hexayurts in the field
184.108.40.206.2 videos for people who will be leading and training the people building in the field
5.2.4 Goal Four: Assemble the rest of the pieces of the Complete Family Support System
220.127.116.11.1 sources for water purification, solar/electric systems suitable for this use, stoves or other cooking/heating solutions, with published prices and delivery schedules
5.3 Scouting Goals
5.3.1 Goal One: High density shipping hexayurts
18.104.22.168 research agenda
22.214.171.124.1 is it possible to get hexayurts into a no-air shipping format?
126.96.36.199.2 how much will it cost to get units in that format into an off-the-shelf form?
188.8.131.52.3 what additional work has to be done subsidiary to this goal (tool design, documentation, education)
5.3.2 Goal Two: Food
184.108.40.206 research agenda
220.127.116.11.1 start learning about fast, high-return farming methods
18.104.22.168.2 research biointensive and other high-density farming methods
22.214.171.124.3 estimate feasibility of a "farm in a box" concept
5.3.3 Goal Three: Education
126.96.36.199 research agenda
188.8.131.52.1 finish defining goals for the Basic Educational Curriculum (a curriculum based on the survival challenges of refugees, displaced peoples and marginal subsistence farmers)
184.108.40.206.2 find out how to distribute educational materials in the field
220.127.116.11.3 research feasibility and cost of printing the educational curriculum right on the side of the hexayurts, basic materials at child-height, adult materials at head height
18.104.22.168.4 figure out who the other stakeholders are
22.214.171.124.5 get rights lined up for books like "Where There Is No Doctor" and discuss the plan with authors and publishers of works in that domain
126.96.36.199.6 work with open intellectual property licensing experts to find an IP license which lets us republish non-public-domain material
5.3.4 Goal Four: Family Life Package
188.8.131.52 research agendas
184.108.40.206.1 Assuming that we have restored shelter, survival infrastructure and farming, what's next?
220.127.116.11.2 Initial thoughts: toys for kids and tools for parents to resume professions other than farming
5.4 Deferred Scouting Goals
5.4.1 Application of "Chaordic" (see Dee Hock's work on VISA) management approaches to handle the competition/cooperation balance between different vendors working off the open intellectual property base we are working on.
5.4.2 Creation of a database (I also write software, see database.biomimicry.org and search for "frog") which assesses the various tools, practices and technologies available. This requires an ontology and resulting category system to map stuff into where it fits in the infrastructure hierarchy (i.e. personal, household, community, town etc.) and which problem it solves (water supply, water purification, water distribution, fuel gathering, and son on)