Friday, May 17, 2013

STEAM grant proposal:  "Ceasefire 2013"
Respectfully submitted by Aaron Bruce Campbell on May 17th, 2013

Introduction and Background:
Here's a recent image of my grant proposal, imagined as a concert poster.  When people asked me about the tattoo on my hand, I have always had a hard time communicating the idea behind it.  Briefly, it started as an artistic response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001 WTC plane-bombings and the Bush Administration's military reaction.  The icon "{∞}" was invented as a logo to represent the idea of an engineered world peace as a result of a global ceasefire agreement.  I intend to use the plan, images, and systemology to engineer a global ceasefire transition based on individual, district, and regional energy independence.  Below is a photo of a mind-map that evolved from multiple microprinting documents:

The following is a recent picture of the tattoo, accented with a 12v solar car battery trickle charger.  As an image, it represents individual energy freedom resulting from a renewable power source.  Just trying to sum it all up for myself, I ended up with my life becoming the core idea for an educational STEAM grant
(Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) proposal.  

Using crowdsourced funds with affordable buy-in shares, the plan is to design a global ceasefire system by the end of 2013, based on energy independence education. The original intent is to use a Kickstarter-centered project funding system, but other funding instruments are possible.
The STEAM team in this case would initially be myself and 4 other principal designers collaborating to satisfy all 5 STEAM educational requirements while educating kids and their parents on personal energy efficiency, and how it impacts regional energy production and consumption.

The core idea challenge is coming up with an open-source system of meme transmission that automatically self-perpetuates without danger to the person who promotes it.  This open source contributive model is required since all human beings are directly involved by the nature of the project itself.  Basically, people need a vehicle to express their desire to join all other people for in a  global ceasefire, and that vehicle is the internet.

Fractal Path to Success:
A personal ceasefire agreement is required from each individual, and must be worded legally and efficiently.  Each household made up of individual agreements signs up through a secure encrypted website that is locally administered through a public community center.  Each community center communicates with signatories about agreements with other local community centers, collaborating to reduce neighborhood violence while increasing neighborhood energy self reliance.  Districts comprised by energy neighborhoods work together within energy regions to distribute energy resources at lower loss-distances.  Nation-states are only required to ensure public land resources are ecologically managed.  After signing the nation-state ceasefire agreement (based on compiled regional signatures), nation-states will use their own military forces to provide initial required resources, technologies, labor force, and security logistics.

Funding Target and Increments:
Initially, I calculated a $500,000 USD budget proposal with each STEAM educational member getting $100,000 sub-grants, but I opted for a more reasonable $84,000 sub-grant amount.  This makes the full request $420,000, split up into five sub-grants. 
Initial minimum share comes to $42.00 USD.

Action Step Options:

1.  Make an initial pledge of $42.00 USD on the Ceasefire 2013 Kickstarter page.
2.  Share and Like this blog post on your social networks.
3.  Calculate the ROI of reducing energy losses in your home and workplace.
4. Calculate the ROI of adding renewable energy generation appliances and systems to your buildings with the goal of becoming net-positive.
5.  Make smart investments in energy loss reduction retrofits and remodelling, then invest in renewable energy production.
6.  Gather with neighbors to design a robust energy interdependence program alongside your disaster prevention and response programs.

That's about it.  Please comment sincerely and respectfully.

CopyLeft:  Aaron Bruce Campbell

Thursday, May 16, 2013

One Idea

Share this idea: We can create a meme that is spread by its logic alone; that the biggest challenge and solution is absolute baseline human equality.