by Dr. Brian O'Leary
May 14, 2011
from DrBrianOleary Website

“Our institutions are constructed in such a way that trying to achieve anything is going to be extremely difficult…(We’ll need to have) a substantial popular movement which is not just going to call for putting solar panels on your roof, though it’s a good thing to do, but it’s going to have to dismantle an entire sociological, cultural, economic and ideological structure which is just driving us to disaster. It’s not a small task, but it’s a task that had better be undertaken, and probably pretty quickly, or it’s going to be too late.”

-Noam Chomsky

“We are living in a period of mass extinction. What is your personal carrying capacity for grief, rage, despair? The numbers stand at 120 species per day… This culture is oblivious to their passing, entitled to their every last niche, and there is no roll call on the nightly news… We’ve already seen the pictures of the drowning polar bears.


Are we so ethically numb that we need to be told this is wrong?…If burning fossil fuels will kill the planet, then stop burning them… by “realistic” (most environmentalists) don’t mean solutions that actually match the scale of the problem.


They mean the usual consumer choices - cloth shopping bags, travel mugs and misguided dietary advice - which will do exactly nothing to disrupt the troika of industrialization, capitalism, and patriarchy that is skinning the planet alive.


But since these actions also won’t disrupt anyone’s life, they’re declared both realistic and a success.”

-Derrick Jensen et al.


Two years ago I wrote a passionate plea (below insert) to the newly inaugurated U.S. President Obama to make good on his promise to lead our beleaguered nation into a new era of “change.”




2009 Message

Open Appeal to Mr. Obama From a Fellow Achiever

Who is Gravely Concerned About Our Future

from petercskim.tistory Website

Dear President Obama,

I congratulate you on your election. As a former astronaut, Eagle Scout, Ivy League professor, frontier scientist, futurist, advisor to presidential candidates, and an international author and speaker, I can identify with your feeling of significant motivation and achievement. But, in my later years as I now approach the age of seventy, many of those perks of recognition pale before a sense of urgency with which I feel we must approach our task of transforming humanity and nature into an environmentally, socially and morally sustainable future.

I honestly don’t know whether we’ll make it through these times. You’re in the driver’s seat now, and your task is daunting. You will have to stand up to some very powerful interests who do not want to live under those public policies that will become necessary for us to survive these times. You must understand this most basic conflict of interest in your position. But are you aware enough of what is really happening to us all? Do you truly know the depth of the crisis and the breadth of opportunities that lay outside the box of conventional thinking? I must admit that during my days of relative fame, I was largely oblivious of the deeper issues before us. The spotlight itself has a way of distorting our perceptions of reality.

In today’s world, there is so much suffering, ignorance, neglect and corruption. Leaders nowadays prey on this condition. By supporting some of the most criminal actions in human history, the powerful elite have created an atmosphere of mass obedience by a fearful and helpless populace to wanton genocide and ecocide. We are destroying ourselves and each other and nature through the selfishness and greed of the few. As a result, unrest is brewing in response to monumental military, economic and political tyranny.

You must know that true knowledge, wisdom and compassion are threats to the status quo. George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” and Isaac Asimov wrote, “When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent.” I believe we now live in such a time to the extreme, and this situation is particularly poignant for us Americans now living under the tyrannies of empire and economic collapse. You come into office on the wings of conflict between a private power that has incubated you and a public clamoring for authentic change which so many of us have entrusted in you. You stand in the middle of an enormous gulf of interests, and you must know that at its deepest levels.

Those of us who take the road less traveled towards a greater truth always have been, and still are, martyrs placed on the altar of change. These heroes, often unrecognized in their own time, become the objects of religions and nation-states, which then become self-aggrandizing dogmatic institutions that have nothing to do with the original intentions and spirit of the founders. The founders could only be rolling in their graves about how their contributions have become so distorted.

Continuity and bipartisanship cannot be nearly as important as returning to the basic principles of integrity, civility and public trust. You’ll need to confront the tyranny of our recent past. Sacred myths such as the official stories of the JFK assassination and 9/11, for example, become enshrined in a fog of deception, lies and ignorance that distract us with bread and circuses, which, if perpetuated, can only precede the inevitable fall.

You must know the truth of all this, it’s too obvious for you or any other intelligent and sentient being not to be able to recognize. You must know that we have an imperiled planet and civilization that cannot endure the collective neglect of humanity. You must know that we cannot rely on half-measures such as a slow withdrawal from Iraq, miniscule reductions in the defense budget, insignificant nuclear arms reductions, bank and Wall Street bailouts, or advocating nuclear power, “clean coal” and carbon cap-and-trading as lasting remedies to climate change. You must know that such minutiae cannot solve these problems. You must know, at some level, about Einstein’s dictum that no problem can be solved at the level at which it was created.

Our species has invaded our home planet with such cancerous vengeance and with such little conscious awareness or acknowledgement of the depth of our dilemma, it is hard to imagine how we can get out of this matrix. But get out we must. It is much too late for us to fulfill your mandate to “change” in the way you have embarked on choosing your advisors and cabinet members. You must know that these individuals are throwbacks to prior administrations who are the epitome of an old ideological paradigm of a rule that cannot work in these times. Many of us have become suspicious that you are only paying back those elite individuals and groups that paved and payed your way towards where you sit now. Have they so threatened you to conform-or-else that you can’t act differently?

For you to succeed you’re still going to have to bite the hand that fed you. You will have to feint your way like in a basketball offensive around and through the broken field of defending opponents, who include those who have supported you so well financially. You will have to stand up in your courage and “betray” them (from their point of view).

Are you up to the task? Are you willing to risk life and limb to lead us into taking those actions needed to create a viable system of governance? Are you motivated enough to join the ranks of our brothers Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and John F. Kennedy to take bold actions toward a peaceful, just and sustainable future for humankind? Are you willing to evict the money-changers and militarists from the temple?

At some level, I think that you’re aware that your definition of “change” in no way resembles the kind of “change” any sensible and knowledgeable person not beholden to vested interests would feel is truly necessary for our own survival.

l Mr. President, we’re all in great trouble if you are unwilling or feel unable to address the pleas of the vast majority of the people of our nation and of the world. They cry out for peace, sustainability and justice. You must also address the fact that nature, too, has rights. Reforming the voracious appetites of the moneyed interests and of the military-industrial complex will not be enough. Look all around you at the degraded environment, at the suffering of the peoples of the world longing for food in their mouths and for the kind of leadership that could relieve their pain and give us all a reasonable chance to move forward.

The crisis of America is first and foremost a moral crisis that has moved us away from the fact that we have a physical situation that demands physical solutions to have even the possibility of peace, sustainability and justice. We must now stop the wars, stop the torture, stop the criminal corruption and the lies, stop the theft of the common weal, stop the surveillance of the innocent, stop all the polluting, stop the suppressions of true innovation. You must courageously lead us into a state of truth and reconciliation of our culture and stop the acting and pretending that authentic change is what you say you intend to create, because that isn’t what you’re doing - yet anyway.

I suggest to you that we need to define what is meant by “change.” The change you could believe in and you have often expressed is what we might call incremental change. These are the small rhetorical feel-good kinds of changes that separate Democrats from Republicans, the liberals from the conservatives, the Tweedledees from the Tweedledums, all inhabiting a narrow spectrum of ineffective “centrism,” holding onto power for dear life as Rome burns. These are the kinds of changes that got you elected as you navigated through the narrow passage between the special interests and the appearance of a public interest.

Beyond all that, we could consider what one might call a progressive structural change, such as eliminating electoral fraud, serving justice upon past criminality in high places, reregulating Wall Street, restoring the Constitution and the rule of law, re-establishing the “real economy” based on productivity rather than gambling away and squandering the public treasury, controlling the excesses of the Pentagon and an imperial aggressive foreign policy, restoring to Congress the power to print money and declare and fund wars, and allocating more resources to health, the environment, education and infrastructure.

Many progressives are desperate to restore this kind of common sense at the structural level and to create another New Deal for the economic crisis. The liberals would be grateful if all that were to happen, just to get us out from the deep hole we now find ourselves in. They would be satisfied to go back to the Clinton and Roosevelt years, to have just a bit more common sense in a world-gone-mad. Even some degree of neoliberalism, or economic globalization (i.e., exploitation and biocide by other means), might seem sort of OK, in this view. Yet we know these measures are not OK legally or morally; they are only the actions of economic imperialism.

But in today’s world, you must know that even structural changes in and of themselves will produce too little too late, and may be counterproductive in the long run, as we again become lulled into a false sense of security and buy a little more time before the inevitable collapse. Whereas incremental changes address mild corrections that really don’t amount to much, structural changes look at how the current system can be modified to bring things back to where they were in somewhat better times. These approaches can only give us a frame of reference to launch authentic change. What we must have is systemic change to an entirely new paradigm of governance in the public interest that truly addresses the challenges of our times at the level they will need to be met.

Structural change cannot truly answer grievous violations of the public trust nor can they answer today’s deepest issues. Only systemic change can do that. Whereas structural change can relieve the stress of a crisis in the short term, it cannot survive the test of time. Structural change can restore some sort of sanity to our systems, it cannot address the systems themselves. We must now challenge the precepts upon which our political, economic and military systems are based. We must deeply question the “isms” upon which we depend such as capitalism, militarism, neoconservatism, neoliberalism, centrism, monetary socialism, economic globalism, Zionism, terrorism.


A new era must dawn, a new set of systems will need to be put into place in the near future for us to survive. Can you in your heart agree with what I suggest here? Or will you deny the gravity of these problems from your high and removed perch? Will you solely rely on probably misinformed and outdated advice coming from your cabinet and your staff? For you to advocate and map out systemic change, you will need all the help you can get from other quarters.

What would a world of positive systemic change look like? Generally, it should have the following features in which you will need to take the lead:

1. Restore the letter and spirit of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This is the most major structural change we should do immediately.

2. Fearlessly initiate a program of truth and reconciliation, overseen by a jury of citizens without vested interests in the current system. Truth-telling cannot any longer be dismissed as conspiracy theory. The greatest conspirators are now holding all the political and economic cards and they must be exposed, whether it be electoral fraud, excessive private campaign financing, illegal surveillance, torture, illegal war, false flag operations, pollution or the embezzlement of the public treasury. All these things, and many more, will need to come to the light of public scrutiny. The process of reconciliation seeks to return us to the rule of law and to serve justice upon those who have violated it, with fairness and compassion for all.

3. Dissolve or stop funding those influential institutions with agendas that are blocking change toward global peace, justice and sustainability. Start over. Dismiss the leaders of most of our public institutions and build new ones from the ground up. Stop funding those private institutions that dip into the public treasury in ways that are clearly immoral and unproductive. This will require a courageous stand to dissolve the current federal bureaucracy as it is (DoD, CIA, NSA, the current treasury, the FBI, Department of Justice (sic), Department of Energy, etc.).


Expose international institutions such as the Illuminati, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, the Federal Reserve and other central banks, big oil, big pharma, big agriculture, weapons manufacturers, and other groups representing existing elite monied interests. The current priorities of the U.S. federal government and of globalist New World Order organizations directly fly in the face of what we must do to survive the crisis of civilization. We need a clean-up like we’ve never seen before and some heads are likely to roll. So be it. The world can only be thankful for getting out from under this oppression.

4. Start over the entire systems of federal and global governance. Yes, we can still have a Constitutional executive, legislative and judicial system. We can still have a (much smaller) military, a justice department, an energy department, a treasury, publicly funded health care, environmental protection, quality education, infrastructure and all the rest. Yes, we can formulate a transition strategy to convert institutions and manpower toward the public interest, free of vested powers.


Yes, we can convert our massive military, dirty energy and aeorospace capabilities toward innovation in energy, the environment, food, water, health, education and infrastructure. Yes, we can create an Earth corps to clean up the environment instead of having of an aggressive Army, Navy and Air Force. We can do all this without workers having to lose their jobs. Yes, we can come to peace with the rest of the world through diplomacy and compassion. The world awaits a restoration of good will coming from a rogue nation that has outlived its usefulness as a warmongering and fear-mongering empire.

5. Form a global green democracy whose agenda would be almost diametrically opposed to the New World Order agenda. Representatives of all nations must come together to formulate and enforce a system that would ensure peace, sustainability and justice for all peoples, while encouraging local rule wherever possible. In no case should special interests, money or secrecy determine the agendas of these governments. At the root of this should be the principles of life, liberty, equality, justice, peace and sustainability.

6. Fearlessly foster (suppressed) innovation such as free energy. Any systemic change will require the utmost attention to honestly assess those new sciences and technologies that can change the world. Only these systemic changes will be able to open the door to authentic transformation of the culture. We must get beyond the rhetoric of weak policies that would only slightly mitigate the effects of global climate change and pollution. We’ll have to think outside the box and get into the meat of the matter. We should quickly develop those energy sources that are truly cheap, clean, safe and decentralized, such as vacuum energy, cold fusion and advanced hydrogen technologies.


No existing technologies such as solar, wind or biofuels are up to most of the task; we will need to innovate and transcend the promotions of the multitude of special interests that become vested in this or that existing technology. Following the latest fad can only cloud our judgment and action. No existing public or private institution wants to support these hidden truths and so it will become necessary to dissolve those institutions vested in old ways and start new ones that can support rather than suppress the deeper truths and opportunities of our times.

The unsung heroes of innovation will need all the help they can get to team together in an Apollo program for new energy development, frontier science and consciousness.


These research and development projects will become the cornerstones of a whole new civilization that could save us from ourselves and from those of us who insist that change can only be incremental or structural.

Mr. President, you must know we all are entering the gravest crisis the world has ever experienced and that the situation can be addressed only by implementing the kinds of systemic changes listed above. Many of us are willing to support these efforts in team-work with you. I believe you will have no other choice but to move into these changes briskly. Otherwise, the degree of unrest, fear and repression will be too great to allow us to act without further violence, totalitarian control and ecological and economic collapse. We don’t want that kind of world, we want to have room in which to innovate our way from the very systems that have become so decadent, so destructive, so tyrannical.

Is this an impossible task? Not if we act radically, decisively and quickly. We can only try. Crisis breeds opportunity. It is time to restore the ideals upon which our nation was founded. We have grievously lost our way from practicing those principles. We are also rapidly losing a natural environment that can nurture us all on this fragile spaceship we call Earth.

Mr. Obama, I appeal to your intelligence, wisdom and compassion to begin to facilitate the dialogue that will allow us to create those new systems that can foster the kind of future world we really want to enjoy for ourselves, our children and their children. I in no way mean my critique to be personal, I only want to help build a fire under all of us to begin the journey toward an exciting and positive new paradigm.


Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Brian O’Leary, Ph.D.

February, 2009.



I appealed to his sense of compassion and moral correctness to fearlessly dig into our system’s decay instigated by the powers-that-be and to co-create with expert visionaries unbeholden to vested interests a whole new set of systems that are truly peaceful, just and sustainable for generations to come.


A first step would be to renew the spirit of the tarnished U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

I warned Mr. Obama that if we are to survive these times we will have to go way beyond the incremental changes of liberal reform and surpass the structural changes of a New Deal and the,

  • re-regulation of financial markets

  • environmental quality

  • corporate agendas

  • imperial overreach

I wrote,

“What we must have is a systemic change to an entirely new paradigm of governance in the public interest that truly addresses the challenges of our times at the level they will need to be met.”

I am deeply saddened that neither Mr. Obama nor anyone else in power has come even close to leading us out of our morass - whether it be,

  • aggressive wars

  • criminal financial greed

  • chemical and nuclear pollution of the biosphere

  • climate destabilization

  • species extinctions,

...that threaten our very survival and most life on Earth.


Instead Obama and other policy-makers continue to cave in to the very interests that created the problem in the first place. There has been no change except towards more war, more pollution, more greed and more denial of our dramatic decline.


Mr. Obama seems to have been captured by the systemic malevolence of vested powers while brainwashing the rest of the populace into a bewildered submission, characterized by confusion and occasional feelings of fight or flight.

Escaping the Matrix and Starting Over

Our dramatic decline has been so great, it seems that there is little recourse but to desperately escape on personal lifeboats from a sinking Titanic in the frigid dark waters of imminent Collapse.


We in the Andes can measure this response by the steady stream of frightened but awakening gringos from North America seeking to escape from the ravages of the North by heading for an uncertain but exciting new life in apparently safer places like Ecuador. A lot of young people, some with small children, are arriving here to avoid the radiation poisoning from Fukushima and many other accelerating political and environmental indignities.

Our eco-retreat center Montesueńos is one of several receiving docks to greet the arriving flood of Noah’s Arks coming from the endangered industrialized world.


But even here in the global South, we are threatened by economic and political hit-men violently encroaching upon ever more of our dwindling, biodiverse resources and disappearing indigenous peoples.


Ecuador is getting trashed by the predatory greed of resource-gobbling corporations, which are often given free reign by our cash-strapped governments to rape the environment in exchange for money. In the end, there’s no place left on spaceship Earth to hide.


Escaping the Matrix in the long run is not possible unless we as a people join together globally to stop aggression and pollution and embark on an entirely new path.

This is all so very sad when we look at the details about the deteriorating state of the world. The Internet is ablaze with horror stories of genocide, ecocide and imminent collapse.

It is now past time to recapture the spirit and optimism of that letter to Obama and rewrite the letter, this time addressed to those of us who can truly lead and listen, and who can intelligently and passionately embrace the daunting task of designing systemic change toward a lasting peace, justice and sustainability.

If you don’t yet feel the depth of our grief about what humanity is doing to the environment, you need only look at two recent essays, one by the radical environmental author Derrick Jensen and the other by the brilliant elder scholar Noam Chomsky.


Jensen has captured that grief and come out of the woods with flailing sword, declaring that we must do something about our assaults on the womb of Pachamama now - or else.


While Jensen appeals to the emotions, Chomsky enlightens the intellect, but their conclusions are basically the same:

A handful of very powerful people and corporations, motivated by a desperate predatory greed, have enabled themselves to destroy our environment as quickly as possible so they can get theirs while the getting’s good.


The people and the environment are merely collateral damage in this blind quest for power and control. This handful of the rich and powerful are willing to accept a systems collapse in order to reign supreme as they consolidate their power.

Chomsky argues that while our financial crisis can ultimately be solved by putting the burden on the taxpayer, the environmental crisis is fundamentally irreversible under today’s rules of corporate behavior.


The system is set up to optimize its continued survival by optimizing profits within a corrupt market economy that doesn’t account for externalities and that creates enormous systemic risks affecting us all.


Within any large corporation, if someone decides to step outside that box and factor in systemic risks, he or she will be quickly replaced.


Yet such a system cannot survive this kind of tunnel vision. Profits may be maximized within the system, but like the host of a cancer, the system itself will inevitably collapse, as the recent unregulated financial crisis has shown, if external factors are not taken into account.


Systems can crash as a result of the very success of companies that follow their own internalized rules to optimize their profits. A prime example of this self-defeating behavior is our global addiction to fossil fuels.


Chomsky cites the sixty-year development of the U.S. interstate highway system, for example, as a highly successful effort to,

“redesign the society so as to maximize the use of fossil fuels.”

We are now suffering the consequences of these actions as we go to scarce supplies of oil, coal and natural gas in increasingly sensitive areas such as,

  • the Amazon rainforest

  • the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico

  • the melting Arctic

Meanwhile, the emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants might have already reached a tipping point beyond which we may not survive. The mandate we inherit is a daunting one: we must simply cease using both fossil fuels and nuclear fuels.


Our energy systems need a complete overhaul now - nothing less will do.


Systemic Change

Where to begin?


If we think in terms of whole systems (e.g., energy, water, food, money, or waste) most of us can agree that these systems have been so grossly mismanaged and the specific technologies selected have been so grossly unsustainable, that the systemic risks have become too great for us to survive.


In Chomsky’s words, we humans have become a “lethal mutation” that cannot last much longer if we continue to live under the current economic and political systems.

An irony in even proposing alternative systems and technologies is that the very idea of governance and technology often has extremely negative connotations for those of us who yearn for change. Environmentalists and progressives often dismiss “technological fixes” as a solution and yet have little to contribute otherwise, acting as if all technology initiatives must by their very nature be controlled by the elite.


Building new systems, therefore, becomes a daunting task due to this blanket distrust, especially combined with the enormous resistance that naturally arises from vested institutions whose current governance and technology systems are so dysfunctional.

Many of us are conditioned to believe that all governments and technologies are bad for us. It is true that nowadays most of them are bad for us - but they don’t necessarily have to be. They can be designed to be friendly to us and to nature if we design them properly.


If we don’t consciously design them to be friendly to people and the environment, then by default we will continue to descend into anarchy and unwise choices in our technologies.

So far, it’s been very difficult to envision and implement new designs in the presence of such resistance. Yet change we must. There are but few shining examples of truly responsible governance and clean technologies, so a lot of what we need to do will be starting from scratch. But we have to start somewhere.

During my decades with NASA and the aerospace community, I learned that in any coherent design process we start with what is called a concept design.


This is simply a description of the kinds of systems that can fulfill the vision or set of goals upon which most of us can agree - for example, to co-create a peaceful, sustainable and just world. There are sometimes called design requirements that underlie the concept design.

For example, our choice of governance must truly reflect the will of the people to cooperate and fulfill these goals. Our choice of technologies must truly reflect the vision that we must have a sustainable way of living for generations to come.

In looking at our energy systems, therefore, it stands to reason that we’ll need to abandon most of our current energy systems - most notably the 93% of our energy that comes from fossil fuels and uranium - if we are to have a sustainable way of living.


We have to go beyond even traditional renewables such as hydropower, biofuels, solar and wind because they too are unsustainable when materials and land use are considered.


We have reached a desperate time on the planet when we need to see through the pervasive censorship regarding heavily suppressed breakthrough clean energy technologies such as zero-point, vacuum, cold fusion and advanced hydrogen and water technologies.

The main problem confronting us is this:

Within each existing energy technology there has been a buildup of enormous economic and political vested interests that can be measured in trillions of dollars per year. It’s not hard to see that the bigger an existing system has become, the more difficult it is to change course.


The juggernauts of oil, coal and nuclear energy and their associated infrastructures (e.g., highways, pipelines, drilling rigs, coal and uranium mines, radioactive waste storage and the huge, inefficient and unsightly grid systems) dominate our policies and practices.

Chomsky writes that for systemic change to occur, we are going to have to dissolve most existing institutions, and that means revolution.


But as Buckminster Fuller wrote,

“There is only one revolution tolerable to all men, all societies, all political systems: revolution by design and invention.”

We are in a global revolution even now. This revolution will destroy most of us, if it proceeds without some semblance of enlightened planning, or we could co-create a much cleaner set of design concepts upon which we can come together and agree. Those seem to be our choices.


Our first step, then, should be to create a concept design for transforming our currently dysfunctional systems,

  • our governance systems

  • our energy systems

  • our food systems, etc., new systems that will truly work for us.


These designs should come from a number of interconnected advisory emergency councils that draw on our best knowledge and best practices and are deployed in local regions as well as disseminated worldwide. These councils would be made up mostly of well-informed and open-minded elders (I’ll volunteer!) to co-create conscious governmental structures and clean technologies designed to work with nature rather than against nature.

Unfortunately, virtually no politician on this planet has any interest in designing this revolution, and so by default our public policies only perpetuate the status quo and deepen the crisis.


Republicans and now Democrats will in fact do everything in their power to shore up existing systems that support their continuing positions of power.


Libertarians scream that we shouldn’t even have much government and we should let market systems and local governance prevail, not realizing that this can lead to anarchy and does not protect the environment.

We’re going to have to move beyond our current political and economic systems for our answers. We must move beyond media-amplified cults of personality and go directly to the principles that underlie our new system designs. Under today’s rules and expectations, no prominent politician can countenance any new systems that would even give the appearance of supporting these designs, except occasional vague rhetoric that we need to eventually develop renewable energy.

Existing governments need to be informed that the game is up and that the process of transition must begin now.


Perhaps a massive public petition would be a place to start. In designing new systems we are merely stating what our requirements and conceptual designs are. At this point we are saying nothing about what this will mean for the ruling elite, or for the availability of jobs, or about what kind of transition scenarios or models of governance will be required.


The process of innovating and designing can begin now, free of all the “stuff” that blocks it in today’s dysfunctional society.


Thus we can immediately get on with the task of designing our new systems. Many of our most enlightened innovators can surely team up to redesign our energy, money, food, water and waste systems to our new specifications, much like designing a spacecraft that can go to the Moon.

In aerospace engineering parlance, we often refer to two different concept design philosophies as push and pull. Push generally means designing incremental refinements to existing designs, whereas pull means establishing designs to satisfy the new goals agreed-to by those unbeholden to vested powers but desirous of achieving them in new ways.


Biofuels and solar and wind energy, for example, represent push technology, whereas breakthrough clean energy devices constitute pull technologies.

In today’s world, a dominance of the push approach supported by corporate managers and politicians can no longer work for us. More often than not, a push agenda can only commit us to yet more profits and pollution. We have no time for that. At its best, a push philosophy allows us to design a transition from what no longer works so that we are moving in the direction of what will work some time in the future.


On the other hand, a pull philosophy allows us to go directly toward what we want.

Pullers are sometimes unpopular and misunderstood due to the populace’s fear that radically new designs will disrupt their lives too much, including their desire to protect short-term parochial interests (e.g., jobs, career, and economic “stability”).

Pullers, however, are truly the visionaries leading the way toward radical, sustainable innovation.


I myself am more a puller than a pusher, because I have done enough research to be able to see what is possible in the intermediate future, which could be quite magnificent.


So What’s Holding Us Back?

Technology and government of any kind are two concepts that are deeply distrusted by many of us who could make a difference. In addition, systems-talk can be boring in the midst of the sensationalistic dance we’re performing on the deck of our collective Titanic.


It may be necessary for those of us who choose to be pullers to design new systems by ourselves, knowing that widespread acceptance will need to wait for a more opportune moment. New governance and new technology systems can begin to be designed now. We can immediately begin experimenting with governmental structures and researching radical technologies to gain experience with both in the future.

We can begin by creating,

  • protected innovation sanctuaries

  • educational centers

  • R&D (research and development) facilities

Let’s form emergency councils to mediate between the push and pull philosophy and to provide balanced advice to world leaders regarding new technology design concepts for a sustainable, peaceful and just world. Let’s openly discuss how we can make the transition to the new world as smooth as possible.


And let’s team up and build our new world, rather than dwell on the dominating drama of the unfolding systems Collapse itself.


Grounding the Vision

A visionary is someone who expresses new and improved design concepts and persists in showing them to the world.


We need teams of practical visionaries to design, research, assess and develop sustainable technologies. These teams would then educate the public about the new technologies and report about them to governmental structures for appropriate implementation. An example of such a team is the newly formed Global Innovation Alliance.

The gravity of the crisis confronting the planet calls to us to set aside our egos and join together in unity of purpose. It is essential that we begin the process immediately if we are to have any chance of survival.


This is an initiative whose time has come.