Posts Tagged ‘processes’

How do you live your life?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

What you do and don’t do creates a trail or trace. The sum of what everybody does is our culture and gradually becomes our history. The mass of ordinary men and women are the actors in this play or run of events. You are an important person whether you follow the stream or act independently. The sum of activity tells the story. The spread in the group tells another.

We have democracy, urban/rural areas, administrative systems and some self-controlled activity.

We make the world as we consume through dwelling, cooking, looking at art,  produce by going to work to make goods or deliver services.

There is intelligence in what you do, what you consume and what you produce. You are intelligent as you constantly interact with others as you watch TV, go to games, work in the garden, go on holiday, buy lots of stuff, eat, move to another environment ….. All the time a composite picture is emerging.

What are your own reasons, tactics and strategy? Are you happy or are you being pushed into something you do not want? We may be tightly controlled or we are free to make our own arrangements – find products and methods suiting your own purposes. You may use your networks, take part in rituals, are you flexible, do you take chances?

We are all at the margin in that you don’t say much if you don’t want to, and you can evade the big processes by not taking part. Just pick bits that are useful to you, and let the strong do the rest for you. If you can’t abide you opt out.

So we have to move forward in order to develop and what you do is constantly taken hold of and summed up, and fed back to you. Constraints of many kinds – technical, economical, administrative – may reduce the choices available, but we are always trying and testing possibilities based on our preferences. We want to use the system as it is for our own good.

You always have an inner – thinking, reasoning -  and outer – activity – life that has to be reconciled. A balance must be struck.

You participate – voluntarily – and as you do this you design the social world. As we see around us the challenge is to move more people in the world into this process of checks and balances so that they can control their own life. People must have choices and be able to follow their desires to live.

Biobased energy

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Biofuels: All kinds of biological material may be used to produce energy. The range goes from forest product chips to slaugther house waste, from grasses to animal dung. Biomass used as fuel is called biofuel.

The prices in the market are not good at the moment, and the authorities/goverments are not producing clear intentions, policies. All participants are expecting the government to chip in. It seems quite easy to produce biofuel, but at the moment the situation is unclear regarding price/market and signals about future society intentions – e.g with mixing of biofuels into car fuels in the form of laws, ethical aspects related to food.

Will it end up being fully subsidized by the state, or can we expect an industry ith sound economics soon?

1. Generation

Based on agricultural produce: biodiesel made from plantoils, ethanol from sugars, starch. Ethical dilemmas related to rising food prices due to conversion of foodstuffs to fuel.

2. Generation

Based on waste. Based on biothermal and biochemical processes, both diesel and alcohol. Cellulose, potatoes. Process improvements required. Estimated to be 8 years away in practical terms.

3. Generation

Same raw materials as before but the properties of materials are changed by gene-technology. Will ignite debate on GM.

4. Generation

Designer raw materials and designer production processes. Laboratory scale only (June 2008)


India is growing jatropha plants which yields black seeds producing oil that can burn or be refined into biodiesel. Jatropha will not crowd out the food of the world as it can regenerate denuded soil, require little water. India has produced a national biofuel policy. 14 million hectares will be planted. India also make biofuel from leftover molasses. Indian birch will be planted – 1 million – covering an area about half the size of Denmark. Breeding programs are starting including considering the sociology or willingness of the farmer to grow these plants.