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  • Change the World
  • The Science of Living in Harmony with Nature

  • Emerald Eco-City offers solutions to ALL of the following:
  • Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
  • OBJECTIVE ZERO
  • The Physical Ecocity
  • Sociological and Healthy Ecocity
  • The Environmental Ecocity
  • Emerald Eco-City Energy
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    Description: Our current unsustainable negative trends must be reversed with a radical departure from business-as-usual – Emerald Eco-City solves many problems

    Emerald Eco-City will be the largest human construction project ever completed

    It must establish many long-overdue radical new precedents that will set the pace for humanity for a century to come.

    Emerald Eco-City technology will be shared synergistically ( 1 + 1 = 3 ) with future 21ST Century Moon and Mars Colonies. The research required to live self-sufficiently on the Moon will solve many of Earth's modern unsustainability issues. Emerald Eco-City will be the world's most-advanced large-scale practical demonstration of low-cost sustainability.

    This must become the largest collaborative, worldwide, Internet-based, radical-reinvention, design project in the history of humanity, involving best-and-brightest experts from almost every scientific, engineering, and social discipline.

    Welcome to our new Emerald Eco-City Community of Interest Website. I am Larry Hartweg, a second-generation research scientist with a track record of thirty years of successful multi-billion-dollar innovations.

    My father often joked and reminded me that the scientific truth is: “Half the people around us are below average” (friends, relatives, managers, workers, subordinates, customers, business partners, politicians, etc.). Some of them pay our salaries.

    (Fictional Lake Wobegone is the only place in the world where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average" - Chuckle)

    Dad said: “One out of two drivers is below average – You must always assume that you have to avoid their many mistakes” (an important defensive-driving lesson for any sixteen-year-old to learn, but valuable throughout life in many different ways).

    Mediocre minds that are on an unsustainable suicidal path toward self-destruction refuse to admit the extreme error of their ways. Those who are badly addicted to a deadly lifestyle hate the pain of transition to a better life. For them, Change Involves PAIN, BUT, No Pain = No Gain - The sooner this life-critical lesson is learned, the less pain is required. Other ways of saying this: A small amount of pain today avoids greater pain tomorrow - "A stitch in time saves nine" - "Lazy people work the hardest." A 4-year-old child will chose one gummy bear now, over ten gummy bears in five minutes. Pursuit of immediate gratification is a sure sign of immaturity, even in 50-year-old pitiful pain-avoidance losers.

    The more we study the Universal Laws of Nature, the easier it becomes to live an Abundant Life in Harmony with Nature.

    "Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do NOW and do it!" - William Durant

    In a world ruled mostly by mundane mediocrity, many do not understand, and in some cases actively oppose, the very scientific innovations that have the potential to solve countless unnecessary problems people often unwittingly make for themselves.

    “That is why God created scientists” (dad amused with a bit of his tongue in cheek). “God gave scientists special gifts, talents, powers of observation, critical-and-creative thinking skills, and the ability to organize and optimize a lifetime of diverse experiences, so we can help others understand a practical plan for their future.”

    I have since learned that many good scientists are nerdy, geeky people, who often have
    difficulty conveying solid science and engineering principles to average inDUHviduals .

    dilbert principals
     

    Non-Learning Entities:
    “They’ll never learn, You can’t teach a Sneech ” - Dr. Seuss

    Animals and humans are creatures of habit. Our previous conventional behaviors (good or bad) cause us to tend to do the same thing tomorrow that we did yesterday, while we naïvely hope that things will magically get better (which they seldom do).

    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” - Benjamin Franklin (The man on the USA $100 bill)

    You can’t teach a sneech

    resistance to change

     

    Bad habits must be proactively overcome to bring about change and innovation. It is worse than pulling deeply-rooted tenacious old weeds.

    Future plans and objectives must include the time and effort (training, motivation, emotional intelligence , overcoming virulent ignorance etc.) necessary to offset natural human habitual resistance to change, and preconceived, totally-invalid, stereotypical, mainstream misunderstanding about potential superior solutions.

     

    In 1513, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote this warning to all future would-be innovators:

    “There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old system, and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one.”

    And yet, scientists are dedicated career professionals at creating new systems – A very-dangerous thing to try to manage. Successful scientists are rare and valuable to society. For a good scientist, business-as-usual is continual improvement.

    “Of all the frictional resistance, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called ‘the greatest evil in the world.’ The friction which results from ignorance can be reduced only by the spread of knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of humanity. No effort could be better spent.” - Nikola Tesla – Inventor of the A/C electric motor and the American Power Grid in the 1890’s - Some say that Tesla was "The Inventor of the Modern World."

    No amount of status quo education can overcome ignorance. Business-as-usual higher education reinforces ignorance.
    A higher-degree PhD in Stupidity perpetuates never-ending suicidal activity.

    Dad preached:Lifelong learning in an ever-expanding universe of endless possibilities (we now use it as our TM trademark).

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
    while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein

    Three millennia ago, Buddha is credited with this profound wisdom:
    “We are what we imagine. All that we will become begins with our imagination.
    With our images we make the world.”

    Walt Disney: "If we can dream it, we can do it."

    Another way of saying this is that “perception is far more important than reality.” We make decisions based on our internalized beliefs and mental images, either good or bad, accurate or not. Our decision-making images are incomplete stereotypical perceptions that may-or-may-not match reality. No human fully understands the lowest level of quantum physics. We don’t need to, in order to walk around on what appears to be a flat earth. Our lives are based on inaccurate abstract perceptions that are sufficient to get us by in the situation that we find ourselves. Our future does NOT have to be based on today’s reality.

       Imagination is locked in a never-ending life-or-death battle with reality.
    When reality rules the world, society will surely decline over time.
    The ONLY way tomorrow can be better than today is if imagination wins.

       Only myopic, mundane, mediocre minds are self-constrained by reality.
    We must learn to encourage imagination to win over declining reality.

       Without a powerful positive Vision of the Future, the people will perish.
    The foundation of a Compelling Vision is SHARED IMAGINATION,
    which is the inspiration for our great passion about Emerald Eco-City.

    A Shared Compelling Vision is more than a list of unrealistic goals. It must inspire and motivate people to cooperate to achieve worthwhile things that are much better than today’s declining reality. “United we stand; Divided we fall.”

    The American Eagle on The Great Seal Of The United States carries our motto: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" = "Out of many, one"
    Our suicidal do-nothing American political corruption MUST be immediately replaced with a Unifying Vision, or we will perish.

    A Shared Compelling Vision must translate into each individual’s specific action plans, which integrate synergistically (1 + 1 = 3) to accomplish mutually-supportive goals. This is the mission-critical "shared" aspect of a Compelling Vision.

    Shared Compelling Vision When Many People Share A Common Compelling Vision, They:
    - Are inspired by the common purpose of the collaborative group effort
    - Feel that their personal values and goals are supported by the group
    - Can easily communicate their group goals and methods to peers
    - Understand how the group supports their needs, and those of many others
    - Clearly see how their personal effort contributes to the goals of the entire group

    Emerald Eco-City must be the largest, most-successful. collaborative development project in human history. We enthusiastically invite the participation of many others who want to share our Common Compelling Vision of an Abundant Life in Harmony with Nature.

    Emerald Eco-City is a RADICAL REINVENTION of what a megacity SHOULD be, in light of the very-best scientific, engineering, automation, optimization, and social-system potential of TODAY. Overcoming habitual resistance to change (from those with a vested interest in obsolete business-as-usual) will obviously be more difficult than anything humans have ever done in a short time throughout our history.

    Walt Disney: “I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.”

    Emerald Eco-City is thousands of times more valuable than the proven profitability of the 27,400-acre Walt Disney World Resort in Florida now is. Are the financiers of the future any smarter than they were in Disney’s 1950’s, or when Walt first proposed his Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow in 1966?

    Beijing recently approved $3.5 Billion to immediately build a SECOND Disneyland in China. The surrounding real estate values instantly shot up 500%. Is China a better innovator than USA? They seem to be able to exploit our own American creative imagination more effectively than we do.

    Emerald Eco-City is a much better modern idea than building Walt Disney World on Florida swampland was in 1966.
    Does America understand how very-essential Emerald Eco-City is to the preservation of humanity, yet?

    I’ve found that the best way to initiate radical change is to take a step back, and use Scott Adams thinking to get entrenched mediocre minds to laugh at how silly, stupid and unsustainable our current way of life really is.

    Extreme Obstructionist Conservatives (who think we can’t do better than the “Good Old Days”) are a primary source of our many problems today. Should taxpayers who are addicted to imported foreign oil continue billions of dollars of subsidies to Exxon / Mobile? – The most-profitable company in the world, whose lobbyists “own” conservative politicians (like Senator Jim Inhofe, etc.). Should we "Drill Baby Drill" like the BP Deepwater Horizon $100-billion economic and ecological disaster?

    Should we return to 41% of all Americans being farmers? Should we reduce productivity to preserve obsolete unnecessary jobs?  Should we bailout bankrupt companies like General Motors, who have refused to innovate for three decades? Should taxpayers subsidize Wall Street "Fat Cats" with $20-million bonuses each (who badly damaged our national economy)?

    Should we eliminate electricity, computers, and the Internet? Extreme Conservatives are clearly the purveyors of “NO INNOVATIONS”, business-and-politics-as-usual – They are ALWAYS on the wrong side of historical positive innovations. They fought against ending inhumane slavery, and providing social security, medicare, medicaid, and regulation of greed.

    Our future CAN be made better than today by implementing many new unprecedented systems. BUT, we must somehow Overcome Mediocre-Majority Resistance to Change, which badly retards long-overdue essential progressive advancement.

    A divided argumentative nation with little imagination, no common vision, and strong resistance to change will Commit SUICIDE by failure to find practical solutions to obvious growing problems, while blaming their political opponents for inaction.

    “You must BE the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

    A do-nothing crooked corrupt Congress is MORE DEADLY than the worst external enemy.
    How many innocent people have died because of Dick Cheney's unjustified oil-war against Iraq,
    when Peak Oil Science demands that we MUST phase out our addiction to oil very soon ?

    All man-made problems are solvable by those with open minds, imagination and vision.

    Emerald Eco-City offers specific proven solutions to all of Earth’s most-serious problems.

    BEFORE we can solve any major problems, we must first acknowledge that they exist. We must understand that great damage is now being done by the "Hell NO!" partisans who refuse to improve.

    We must recognize that we have all been SILLY BOOBS trying to RATIONALIZE OBSOLETE BUSINESS-AS-USUAL FOR FAR TOO LONG.

    We must believe deep down inside that our current path is UNSUSTAINABLE and that radical change is absolutely essential to our survival – Anything less and tomorrow will be much the same as yesterday – Just one step closer to catastrophe.

    “The thinking that created today’s problems is insufficient to solve them.” – Albert Einstein

    If we recognize that business-as-usual has failed, BUT we use the same old solution-evaluation criteria when we consider possible alternatives, then we will surely return to the same old unsustainable declining solutions, and never change much of anything at all.

    When the radical new solution that we desperately need is finally presented, the creators of our failing business-as-usual will predictably REJECT IT AS BEING WACKO, since it will surely NOT match conventional, Extreme Conservative "Hell No!" Obstructionist Thinking, which is killing our non-learning world today.

    At first glance, Emerald Eco-City is guaranteed (by design) to sound WACKO (to those who are the reason we are in our many economic and environmental crises of today).

    "Talk sense to a fool and he calls YOU foolish." - Euripides (2400 years ago)

    Never enter into an intellectual argument with an unarmed opponent.

    PLEASE recognize that IF the entrenched establishment thinks that Emerald Eco-City is WACKO, and that it cannot possibly work, THAT IS A GOOD THING, since foolish mediocre minds ALWAYS lack the necessary mental mobility to correct the many crises that their non-learning conventional thinking created.

    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” – Albert Einstein

    Be prepared to laugh at the predictable “violent opposition” from declining business-as-usual mediocre-minded fools. Successful innovators must learn to confront insane suicidal resistance to change all of their lives.

    Recognize that RADICAL REINVENTION IS REQUIRED, and that overcoming fools, entrenched vested interests, and political corruption WILL be the most difficult thing humanity has ever done before. BUT, UNDERSTANDING "NO PAIN, NO GAIN" IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO AVOID OUR CURRENT PATH TOWARD THE SUICIDE OF HUMANITY.

    89% of Americans are now very upset with the negative direction that our nation is going. Deeply-entrenched, change-resistant incumbents (in all corporations and political parties) should be shaking in their boots TODAY. When a democratically-elected government encourages widespread corruption, and ignores the will of the vast majority, revolution cannot be very far behind.

    "Never depend upon institutions or government to solve ANY problem. All social movements are
    founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals"
    - Margaret Mead

    "You must BE the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

    The Power of You

    Radical change by YOU is now long overdue, in ever so many ways.
    Only YOU can make it happen NOW. If not YOU, then who? If not NOW, then when?
    "Wait and see" procrastination is precisely what created today's multiple crises.

    The change that was promised in the U.S. 2008 presidential campaign has simply NOT gone the right way, yet. We are deeper in debt (which created our economic crisis), more homes and healthcare have been lost, education is still very poor, and a record number of Americans are unemployed, as we continue to destroy our struggling society, and the delicate ecosystem we live in.

    To set things rolling in the correct reinvention direction, this website begins with scientific documentation of many terrible, unsustainable trends that humans are now precariously perpetuating. At first, our presentation may sound alarmist, frightening, or downright depressing. We do NOT present this to condemn current society, but rather to merely point out that our current-path problems are MUCH LARGER than most mediocre minds can begin to comprehend - Motivating rapid corrective action.

    Suicide Of Humanity

    Please be assured that the negative trends we describe herein:
    (1) Are well-documented scientifically (follow the Internet links we've provided, or do your own search), and
    (2) Emerald Eco-City has specific, cost-effective, off-the-shelf, practical solutions to every last one of these
    potentially-suicidal self-inflicted man-made catastrophes.

    Many issues are highly controversial, due to zealots who lie and exaggerate their self-serving vested interest on both sides of valid political arguments about deeply-emotional potentially-deadly negative trends of today. ("Global Warming is a hoax", "Climategate", "Solar Energy is too expensive", "The world will always run on oil", etc.)

    Our material about Suicidal Trends IS NOT intended to be destructive criticism of society.
    We are NOT trying to bring people down with gloom and doom. Our ultimate goal is to Build Happy Enthusiasm.
    We merely want to enlighten and help motivate everyone about "how" and "what" we MUST now do very quickly.

    The goal of CONSTRUCTIVE Criticism is to leave receivers with the feeling they have been helped.
    The way to BE happy is to unselfishly make others feel happy - Want for your brother what you want for yourself.

    Make someone happy and you'll be happy too

    After being sick, it feels so very good to feel good. We offer PROVEN solid solutions for every problem we present !We hope that our international readers will appreciate our offering three decades of accumulated expertise for FREE. It is our legacy to YOU. We are passionate about the many solutions that we know work. We hope YOU will soon be too.

    Humanity CAN change very fast: 100 years before man safely drove electric cars around the moon, the fastest form of human transportation was the horse. Eight years after we allocated 6% of our national budget, men arrived on the moon and returned safely home again. The economic and environmental challenges that humanity faces today are far more critical than our space race with the nuclear-armed Soviet Union in the 1960’s.

    I learned long ago that the GOAL OF CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM is to leave receivers
    with the feeling that they have been greatly helped by a good gift.

    “Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and NOT as a hard duty.” - Albert Einstein

    Our following discussion of the many unsustainable negative trends of today WILL sound depressing at first, but PLEASE read on until YOU discover and appreciate the wonderful, integrated, optimized, pragmatic, COST-EFFECTIVE solutions that Emerald Eco-City offers to ALL of these serious, avoidable, man-made crises.

    Just because our grandparents slashed-and-burned huge forests, drove inefficient V8’s, burned gigatons of dirty coal, built rat-infested megacities near sea level, and turned paradise into toxic landfills does NOT mean that we can build our children’s future on top of such UNSUSTAINABLE double-dumb destruction of our only planet, with three times the crowded human population that we had in 1950.

    The first step toward solving a serious sustainability problem is to believe that it exists

    The material on our following web pages documents the unprecedented motivation for our aggressive, radical, Emerald Eco-City solutions. Be assured that we offer a clear detailed plan to SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM WE DISCUSS.

    We very-much need a working, cost-effective, leading-edge, Prototype Community Of Tomorrow demonstration, to refine and teach the radical new lessons that our world MUST implement in the 2010’s, and beyond.

    Our open-minded readers will very-soon agree and appreciate our valuable gift to all humanity.

    When you fully understand Earth’s many current problems, our Emerald Eco-City plan quickly becomes the obvious best-and-brightest solution to them all.

    We greatly appreciate synergistic mutually-beneficial collaboration and constructive criticism from our new friends.

    E-Mail To:  ZEDMaster@ZeroEnergyDesign.com

    We sincerely wish all of our readers an Abundant New Life In Harmony With Nature

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