Whenever I go talk to corporations, agencies or public groups about the future, one word I emphasize is "resilience." Try as you might, to predict the future and anticipate threats -- neutralizing enemies and preparing your professional responders -- sooner or later some surprise is going to hit, hard. And when anticipation fails, resilience is our 'other thing.' Our ability as individuals, families, communities to pull together and maintain islands of civilization -- till the islands can swiftly knit back together again.
That's the theme underlying The Postman, which was my answer to all the gleeful, Mad Max type celebrations of apocalypse. It's why I have pushed peer-to-peer text passing for our cell phones, and other simple reforms that could make a vast difference in our empowerment as citizens, to hang on, till help arrives. Or to be the help for those across the valley, or the nation, or world.
== Resilience on our rooftops and in our pockets ==
Musk's SolarCity Corp is already delivering solar panels and batteries to power California homes, schools, government agencies and companies including Wal-Mart, eBay and HP. Tesla plans to allow owners to swap old battery packs for new, with the old ones then being ideal to place in solar powered homes, helping them to get off the grid.
This is intolerable! Picture the increased resilience that we might gain, as a civilization, if those million homes could power just one plug in the kitchen, even during outages. Enough to preserve much of the neighborhood’s perishable food and medicines like insulin, and to run re-chargers by-day, even if it shuts down at night.
Ah... yes, I know some of you (dinosaurs) keep claiming nothing will change! Coal is forever! Fortunately, world changers like Elon are more important than cultish dinosaurs.
Are there other resilience techs that can make a huge difference? Tons! And some have been reported here, like new systems for water desalination or purification. And local, self-made internet systems. And the Maker movement, which is restoring can-do competence to new generations. This should be a priority for our concerned leaders...
... and we citizens should insist.
(1) hunter gatherer (hg) and other low-technology societies have had inter-personal violence rates easily as great as contemporary city populations.
(2) Those hg and low-tech societies had social stratification, hierarchy and dominance interactions that were statistically similar to modern societies, only without those modern societies’ accountability amelioration systems. And (3) across the spectrum – even leading to today - high status males appear to both get more sex and reproduce more.
The last seems surprising, in the context of modern, urban society. But we should not be shocked. This study teases apart high status from high education levels, in which there does seem to be a penalty, the higher you go! What is sad is that the sharpest effect appears to be on women with graduate degrees, whose repro success is severely diminished below less educated women.
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