I’m getting uncomfortable.
When people start tearing apart my ideas and saying that I’m not making any sense, it hurts. You’re right, I haven’t made a coherent point yet or unpacked all the details. That’s the work I’ve set out here to do. Another commenter asked about how the present syncs up with the past and the future that I see; the answer is, this is it. You’re reading it. Working out my ideas and hearing the feedback, even when it’s uncomfortable, is the work to iron out a story that is in me that is eager to get out. Unfortunately that story has chosen a body whom is having a tough time putting that it into words and into practice. Here goes another day and another chance to let the story out.
How to decentralize value with drinking water and power
Money and it’s somewhat monopolistic traits really just gets to the “why” of this. Why is it important to decentralize value?
If everything gets valued in money, yet only a few get to decide how much money there is, then we are at the mercy of those few to value stuff the same way the rest of us do. How realistic is that? I value my dog enormously, but I bet you don’t value her as highly as I do. Value is individualized, and rightly so.
So, one of the things I am trying to say is, why not give as many people as possible the deciding power on value and therefore money? I’m choosing water and electric power because those are two things the market values at this moment and likely will value even more in the future. If more individuals have access to stuff that is highly valued by the market, money becomes irrelevant. The individuals then have the ability to put a value on money instead of the other way around. Money is a useful tool that can be used to transact value but let’s not confuse money with value itself.
Are water and electric power the only things that have value?
Not even close. To design and build homes that give back more than they take is just my own self-assessment of skills, strengths, and desire. I’d like to bring the Living Building Challenge to the smallest scale possible in order to spread out the value as much as possible to individuals.
Will this be easy? No, there’s a reason why only larger buildings can do this for now. The technology is expensive and large. But guess what, as time progresses technology gets cheaper and more compact. So guess what’s coming our way?
The problems are vast: where do we get the water and how can we collect it legally? Will solar generate enough electricity in our tech driven world? Are micro grids efficient enough and safe enough for the public? Will innovation happen where and when we need it most?
These are just a few of the questions I am asking myself. I hope you’ll stick around for the answers as this idea continues to evolve.