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10 September

John Smart at World Future Society 2013 Conference

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Terrific! Obama Administration and Russia have combined effort in coming up with a potentially peaceful solution with respect to Syria–instead of military air strikes, they’re going to have  all of the chemical arsenals of Syria to be handed over to international control. President Obama is scheduled to address the nation on Tuesday night, Sep. 10, 2013…more details then….another day of peace is another day in the sun….we earthlings are evolving for the better! This is a wonderfully optimistic and hopeful outlook for the future of human kind.

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On this hopeful and optimistic note, I’d like to share another presentation of hope and optimism for the future.  This is a talk that took place at the World Future Society 2013 conference at Chicago, IL, in July of 2013, given by John Smart, a futurist and scholar of accelerating change. Mr. Smart is founder and president of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, an organization that does “outreach, education, research, and advocacy with respect to issues of accelerating change.” He is also running FERN (Foresight Education & Research Network) and Global Foresight (A Community Working to Advance Global Foresight Culture).

Smart is the principal advocate of the concept of “STEM compression,” (formerly “MEST compression“) the idea that the most (ostensibly) complex of the universe’s extant systems at any time (galaxies, stars, habitable planets, living systems, and now technological systems) use progressively less space, time, energy and matter (“STEM”) to create the next level of complexity in their evolutionary development (www.accelerationwatch.com/mest.html). A similar perspective is found in Buckminster Fuller’s writings on ephemeralization.

I invite you all to this energized presentation on 10 areas of technology that John Smart summarized as the Possible-Probable-Preferrable areas of technology waiting for our exploration in the future. For his presentation slides, please click on: www.accelerating.org/slides . In the video presentation below, we also get to see recommendations on multiple books  (such as: The Art of The Long View by Peter Schwartz, Factor Five by Ernst von Weizsacker, A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing by multiple contributors, Predictive Analyticsby Eric Siegel, etc., available at www.amazon.com.) resulting from in-depth research and insight. Enjoy!


We have already seen much change or development in solar energy. I believe in the years to come, our world will also realize even more of its accelerated exponential change with regard to solar energy.

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4 September

Hope & Optimism Through Collaboration: Sweden, UN Refugees Agency, Generaytor

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Wow, terrific! In less than 24 hours after our Sep. 2, 2013 post was up, the Swedish migration authorities have ruled that all Syrian asylum seekers who are going to Sweden will be granted permanent residency in light of the worsening conflict in Syria. On Tuesday, Sweden became the first European Union country to announce that it will give asylum to all Syrian refugees who apply.

“All Syrian asylum seekers who apply for asylum will get it,” Annie Hoernblad, the spokeswoman for Sweden’s migration agency, said, “The agency made this decision now because it believes the violence in Syria will not end in the near future.”

For any one who wants to be able to do something to help relieve the pressure of  2 millions Syrian refugees, please visit The UN Refugee Agency web site: http://www.unhcr.org

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Let’s resume our focus on solar topics!  I just came across a solar site that you might be interested in, http://www.generaytor.com/ , an online solar community, with members in 20 countries (and counting…).

Sunshines through cloud (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

It helps people to go solar, using real-time solar performance data. Its worldwide membership includes people considering solar, solar homeowners, installers, and manufacturers. Its technology is designed to accommodate small commercial rooftop systems or ground-mounted systems. Generaytor‘s most popular feature is Virtual Solar, as a “try before you buy” experience for solar, providing simple, personalized forecast. Installers may invite their existing customer to join Generaytor to create a live portfolio demonstrating actual production in real time. Generaytor also helps to reduce soft costs by setting the stage for expanded word of mouth, increasing awareness, and connecting roof owners and installers. Their latest addition is a feature in financials, such that users will have a complete financial breakdown, including system cost, annual and lifetime forecasts, payback period, and return on investment.

So, check out this site, for it is free for all users! In just a few mouse clicks, solar homeowners can connect their monitoring data to Generaytor. People who are considering solar may create a Virtual Solar system by identifying their roof on a map and outlining the area for solar panels. The website at Generaytor then crunches the numbers from nearby connected solar systems in the community, personalized for the size of the array and the roof’s azimuth, tilt, shading, etc. Site’s co-founder Amit Rosner indicated that Generaytor hopes to be a source of knowledge and inspiration that leads to positive change in producing clean energy.
~aiming to bring more bright and sunny days to as many people on earth as possible~

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2 September

WorldWide Adoption of Syrian Families/Civilians As The Solution

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Please excuse the digression of this post, for it is the first time I am deviating from topics directly related to solar energy at Sun Is The Future of http://www.sunisthefuture.net .  As you all know, Sun Is The Future has always been in favor of coming up with alternative solutions that will take us away from wars and violence and heading toward a renewable and brighter future.

But I’ve been having so much trouble sleeping at nights ever since I heard President Obama’s address last Saturday regarding the moral responsibility to justify punishing the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons against civilians. While President Obama awaits for the Congressional voting that will take place on September 9, 2013, to determine go-or-no-go on American air strikes, my brain simply cannot stop turning. The future pain and suffering of more Syrians and civilians of many other countries are so palpable that it is almost as though I could hear their cries and moans in the dead of  nights.   I believe that Pope Francis is right in his remark about “Violence begets violence and war begets war.” There has got to be a better way!

Peaceful Dove (Attribution: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos under GFDL 1.2 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:GFDL-1.2))

What do you all think of the idea of WorldWide Adoption of Syrian families/civilians as a way to avoid the need to bomb or declare war on Syrian government by any other governments? This will definitely ensure the safety of these people, away from the Syrian government or the Rebels… Many Syrians have already left Syria. But those without the means nor economic support will be the ones who will suffer. So let’s try a peaceful solution! Let’s try having an international adoption of those who are still in Syria and want to leave (but without the means). In so doing, this will save lives. It will cost less and prevent more wars among nations. And this will be a form of penalty on Syrian government for they will end up with less people to govern or to tax. This will also ensure that no one government is acting as the police, but all nations from the planet earth will participate in this humanitarian effort. If all the nations on planet earth will participate, there would not be as much pressure on any one particular nation. Please consider this as a possible solution and spread the word/idea. Thank you.

~aiming to bring more bright and sunny days to as many people on earth as possible~

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