Visualizing Sustainable Solutions - Demo for Silicon Valley SIMCenter

Date: 

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:00am to Thu, 08/17/2017 - 6:00pm

Audience: 

  • Public

Visualizing Sustainable Solutions


WRSC Facility Design Concept -- by Pooja SharmaA demo model for the proposed Silicon Valley SIMCenter

It’s no secret that our world is changing. Regardless of cause, we are faced with rising sea levels, record warming, water stress and stronger storms. These changes cross state and national borders. If you are working on a solution for your region, it will help to get a bigger picture.

San Diego SIMcenter Demonstration location

 

But where do you go to grapple with the most challenging issues of our time?
How can we visualize past trends and future projections so we can make smarter decisions quicker?

Our answer is the Silicon Valley SIMCenter. The SIMCenter is an immersive visualization facility that enables us to surround you in visual data, trends, graphics and GIS maps. With this data and global perspective, we offer business leaders, academics, investors and policy-makers ways to collaborate across disciplines, find best practices and implement actions before it is too late.

GIS elevation map layers -- explodedWe invite you to join us for this exciting 4 day preview of the SIMCenter.

Dates: August 14-17   9:30am – 5pm each day

Location: Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Schedule: We focus on the Big Trends -- the Global, National and Local Drivers that affect us all. Each day is unique and will focus on the following issues:

  1. Monday Aug. 14        Global Game: You make the big national decisions
  2. Tuesday Aug 15         Regional Game: Bay Area Regional Issues: Energy, Water, Transit
  3. Wednesday Aug 16    City of Palo Alto: Net Zero Financing, SV Traffic solutions
  4. Thursday Aug 17       Global Game: You solve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Receptions: 6-8pm each evening

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, Build A New Model that Makes The Existing Model Obsolete. — R Buckminster FullerThe SIMCenter is currently a project of the Global Energy Network Institute. Both share the same mission to answer this important question:

“How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity
in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?”

The big Dymaxion Map is inspiring and educational. The Map provides the "game board" for The Global Game simulationThe Global Game

This day-long experience puts you in control of our world.  Major problems and consequences are presented, big trends projected into the future and solutions developed at both size and scale.  This is the best experience of our global condition you can get in a day.

Dymaxion Map™ designed by R Buckminster fullerGlobal Game Dates:

Monday August 14 or Thurs. August 17

Who uses the SIMCenter?

City Planners, Business Leaders, Researchers and Academics, Strategic Thinkers, Sustainable Engineers, Geography Students and Concerned Citizens.

Your participation is critical. Join us for all or part of this SIMCenter Demo series

 

Silicon Valley SIMCenter is a collaborative project of the Silicon Valley SIMCenter team in conjunction with GENI, the Global Energy Netowrk Institute, a 501c3 Not-for-Profit corporationEvent Fees:

Corporate Participation: $5,000 for 25 staff/day.     $10,000 Sponsorship with Logo & Reception

Daily topics  (M,T,W or Th)   Adult $100      

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The Silicon Valley SIMCenter is a team project to fund and build the full scale SIMCenter facility. The design comes from Buckminster Fuller’s concept for the Geodesic Dome Pavilion at the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal.

Why now? Because the issues are growing faster than our present tools and policies can handle.

Many Big Trends are now driving our global condition and everyone is affected:

  • Population growth (7.2 billion) and economic growth ($ 75T economy)
  • Fossil fuel use (20X increase since 1950) and climate change (400ppm CO2)
  • Deforestation (150 acres/minute) and biodiversity loss (now in the 6th global extinction)
  • Fishery loss (50% depletion) and ocean plastic pollution (Pacific Gyre)

These issues are all interconnected and we must therefore find solutions that solve problems across multiple subjects. Visualizing issues and solutions enables us to make smarter decisions quicker.

Design Science Planning Process

Join us at the Silicon Valley SIMCenter
“Mission Control for Planet Earth.”

This project in cooperation with Sustainability Department of the Palo Alto Dept of Sustainability

This project in cooperation with Sustainability Department of the City of Palo Alto, California

Mitchell Park Community Center. El Palo Alto Room
3700 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303

Free Parking

Questions: 619-234-1088

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DAY 1: August 14


The Global Game – Making the World Work for Everyone

Do you think you could run the world better than our current world leaders?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-A5AChGgstsw/UzsWzTG0xaI/AAAAAAAAADc/h8YnFOewN28/s1600/k-bigpic.jpgHere’s your chance!  The Global Game is a participatory educational simulation developed by visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller to help create solutions to the uneven distribution of global resources.   Major problems and consequences are presented, big trends projected into the future and solutions developed at both size and scale.         

R Buckminster Fuller  portrait -- Getty imagesThis alternative to war games uses Fuller's Dymaxion™ Map and requires the group of players to cooperatively solve a set of metaphorical scenarios, thus challenging the dominant nation-state perspective with a more holistic "total world" view.

The mission is to "make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone"

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Spaces limited to 75 crewmembers of Spaceship Earth
Date:  
Monday August 14
Time:   9:30am - 5pm   Lunch included
Location: Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto

“Philosophers have talked for centuries about building a new world. Today, we are meeting to discuss building peace.  My conclusion is that to build a new world – to build peace – we must literally build it.” —Walter Hickel, former Governor of Alaska, U.S. Secretary of Interior

“Walking around the Dymaxion™ ‘Big Map” of Buckminster Fuller is the best experience of the Earth I’ve had since returning from the moon.” —Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

The goals of the exercise:

  • To increase the universal standard of living
  • To reduce pollution from fossil fuels and nuclear power
  • To reduce poverty and hunger
  • To stabile population growth
  • To increase world trade, cooperation and world peace
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Dymaxion™ Map ©Buckminster Fuller Institute

 

https://iremdenver.org/resources/Pictures/register_button_green.jpgThe Global Game is co-sponsored by:

  • City of Palo Alto Sustainability Department
  • Silicon Valley SIMCenter
  • Global Energy Network Institute

 

 

 


DAY 2: August 15


San Francisco Bay Area Sustainability: Energy, Water and Transportation

Visualizing Today’s Problems and Tomorrow’s Solutions.

Our quality of life is at risk.

San Francisco Bay Area - sfgate.comWe live in one of the most regionally diverse, densely populated and economically wealthy regions in the world.  Yet our water is imported across multiple fault lines, our freeways are clogged and sea level rise is projected to flood airports, highways, homes and critical habitats.

With increased warming we are already experiencing extended droughts, 100 year floods and devastating fires.

Sustainable development is essential but not sufficient – resiliency planning is now required.

Join us in this design planning process

  • Tuesday August 15
  • 9:30am – 5pm
  • Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto

Hetch Hetchy today -- http://www.hetchhetchy.org/hetch_hetchy_today

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We will use on-line regional planning resources,  GIS mapping and subject matter experts to visualize our present condition.

You will help us define the optimal scenarios for 2050 and 2100, and begin our roadmaps.

The challenge for our business leaders and policy makers is to make the transition before regional growth and climate consequences overwhelm us. 

This demonstration of the SIMCenter process will use Geodesign concepts:  using design technologies for planning the built and natural environments in an integrated process; including project conceptualization, analysis, design specification, stakeholder participation and collaboration, design creation, simulation, and evaluation.

If you love our home, this event is for you.

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DAY 3: August 16


Climate Action: 

Transport Options and Financing Climate Neutral Cities

City of Palo Alto Sustainability Department invites you to join us.


The City of Palo Alto leads our state and the world in addressing climate change and local solutions.  The easy actions are being done.  But some challenges are beyond any city border, and require a broader view of what’s possible. 

  • What are other leading cities and regions doing? 
  • What technologies are making solutions viable today and the near future?
The City has undertaken a wide range of initiatives to improve the sustainability performance of both government operations and the community at large - including approving a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan - and offers a wide variety of programs that may help you take action to enhance your own sustainability efforts.

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Join us to explore two of the most vexing challenges we face in our region.  Brings your ideas, best practices, trends and technologies that will help Palo Alto, Silicon Valley and cities everywhere.

 

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We spend hours in traffic gridlock, wasting time and energy and our https://i.ytimg.com/vi/TDANRkes6Q4/maxresdefault.jpglives.  How can we reduce VMT, work from home -- https://cdn.thepennyhoarder.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/07140000/WFHAMAZON30K04072017.jpggas usage and be more productive as a society?

Issue 2: How can we finance climate neutral cities?

Good ideas need social support and funding.  Cities have limited budgets and must make priorities.  How can we finance our climate action agenda that’s equitable and gets the job done?

 

Date/Time: Wed. August 16   9:30am-5pm      

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Mitchell Park Comm. Center, Palo Alto


Cities: Sustainability and resiliency is now required in long range Strategic Planning

•       Every city is developing a Climate Action Plan – yet geography makes each city unique in its risk and response.  Some have achieved 100% clean energy already.

•       Expand transit options to reduce traffic

•       Minimize water usage in a state that gets too much and too little rain

•       Reduce the waste stream into landfills

•       Prepare for the consequences of climate change, and become more resilient to these forces.


DAY 4: August 17


The Global Game – Making the World Work for Everyone

Do you think you could run the world better than our current world leaders?

Dymaxion™ Map ©Buckminster Fuller Institute -- https://culturaldetective.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/k-bigpic.jpg -- http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-A5AChGgstsw/UzsWzTG0xaI/AAAAAAAAADc/h8YnFOewN28/s1600/k-bigpic.jpgHere’s your chance to solve the                
U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

R Buckminster Fuller  portrait -- Getty imagesThe Global Game is a participatory educational simulation developed by visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller to help create solutions to the uneven distribution of global resources. This alternative to war games uses Fuller's Dymaxion™ Map and requires the group of players to cooperatively solve a set of metaphorical scenarios, thus challenging the dominant nation-state perspective with a more holistic "total world" view.

https://iremdenver.org/resources/Pictures/register_button_green.jpgThe mission is to "make the world work for 100% of humanity
in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone"

Spaces limited to 75 crewmembers of Spaceship Earth

Date:   Thursday August 17

Time:   9:30am - 5pm   Lunch included

Location: Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto

                                                                                                                                                                       

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals -- http://impakter.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SDG-Poster_A4.jpgThe Sustainable Development Goals officially known as “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a set of 17 Global Goals with 169 targets between them.

“Philosophers have talked for centuries about building a new world. Today, we are meeting to discuss building peace.  My conclusion is that to build a new world – to build peace – we must literally build it.”  —Walter Hickel, former Governor of Alaska

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The Global Game is co-sponsored
by:

  • City of Palo Alto Sustainability Department
  • Silicon Valley SIMCenter
  • Global Energy Network Institute

 


DAY 5-7: August 18-19-20


Business Development/Sponsorship Meetings

Schedule your appointment with the SV SIMCenter Executive/Technical Team.