At our international meeting we undertook the biggest transition engineering brainstorm yet. We took on the ultimate wicked problem of global oil production, currently over 96 million barrels per day. The global oil supply is essential for nearly all activities and end uses, if oil supply declined, the price would shoot up and the world economy would be thrown into recession. But continued growth in production, or even maintenance of current production is not sustainable. Investment in new oil production provides one of the historically highest rates of return. But this production must retreat by 80% in order to have any chance of staying under the planetary greenhouse gas accumulation failure limit. Click the link to see the MegaShift Project that came out of this wickedest of all problems.
We have an idea for a Shift Project! We are developing a new concept for a way to carry out conferences that does not involve flying between continents. Watch this space as we work out the design details, find technology providers who want to develop the new IT and organization app, and the international chain who wants to deliver the venue services.
GATE Global CO2Nference
24 HOURS AROUND THE WORLD
Imagine that you are an academic or corporate sustainability champion. Imagine that you are an international organization dedicated to the transition to sustainable energy and material use and the emergence of a non-destructive economy? Now imagine that you want to participate in a conference and, as always, you have no choice but to fly half way around the world… Hasn’t somebody invented a way to attend a local venue of a global conference?
The GATE CO2NFerence is a concept for the new generation of organisations who want to be the change and take action. The design achieves the important aspects of conference participation: you leave your normal work environment for a day to focus on a topic you think is important, learn about new developments, meet people in the field, share your ideas, have un-structured discussions over meals, and advance the field. To accomplish these objectives, you must attend a real conference with real people. But only a few people can actually afford the time and expense to travel to the venue of an international conference. The concept is to organise the globe into 4 quadrons. In each quadron there is at least one conference venue, but there can be multiple local venues. Participants travel to the nearest venue in their quadron.
The conference experience in each venue is as if it were a stand-alone conference, except that keynote presentations and presentations are shared around the world. The number of registrations is expected to be 4-10 times higher than a conventional conference. The carbon emissions are 1000 times less. The registration fees can be higher because the travel costs are lower. It is envisioned that universities could host the venues, but an international hotel chain with conference venues could also create a market brand. A global conference organizer would be a new company delivering the GATE Global CO2NFerence organization, registrations, bookings and advertising.
Each Region has
- 3 meals and 1-2 tea-breaks with plenty of discussion time (1 hour each)
- 1 Keynote Address to the World
- An overnight stay at the local venue
- 3 InTIME workshops designed by the organisers with guides and web uploads of results
- 1 hour of e-presenations from their venue to the world (4-5, no questions)
- 3 hours of e-presentatins to their venue from the world (some may be recorded)
- 3 keynote presentations from the other venues (some may be recorded)
- Recorded Keynotes ®* include drinks or tea during the play-back
The technology is possible, but it will require an integration innovation to create and deliver a full package of technologies that are deployed successfully and seamlessly at all venues.
Design and Build
The CO2Nference is a disruptive idea. We are currently working on developing the idea into a shift project and use it for our next conference. So watch this space for the announcement of the date, and better yet, contact the GATE Linkedin group to be part of the project.