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Hawai’i’s Shared Futures By Vision Foresight Strategy

Paper from Not-Trees

Scan: WorldChanging.org had a recent article on Canada trying out wheat pulp to produce paper rather than from the more traditional trees.  These are exciting types of experiments and innovations: striving for an indefinitely maintainable lifestyle that doesn’t simultaneously ask us to go back to a pre-industrial society.

Thoughts: I think the importance of these types of experiments, just like trying to use corn to make biodegradable plastics, are that they hint at the broader array of strategies that we have to begin to invest in.  In terms of making change, at least the kinds of dramatic and systemic changes that many people are hoping for, it is unlikely to come from a single strategic thrust, like grass-roots ‘do-your-part’ movements.  Getting everyone to use CFLs makes everyone feel good, but it doesn’t in any way alter the system: how electricity is generated, how houses and light bulbs are manufactured and distributed across the planet, or how we work at ‘jobs’ to make ‘money’ to ‘buy’ these things at ‘stores,’ to which we drive on asphalt surface roads in ‘cars.’

An array of strategies, each aimed at a different leverage point, is important.  Attention and resources have to be drawn to investing in the next set of technologies that will undergird a 21st century lifestyle, and these technologies come from more than just energy: they certainly have to include things like paper, plastics, and electronics.  So, our question comes to: what are the array of strategies that Hawaii as a collective can employ to effect the kinds of changes so many seem to want?  What (realistic) roles can Hawaii imagine for itself within the national and global drive towards a different economy and a different impact on the planet?

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