Programmer, Community Designer
Summary: Eight years of programming experience is being put into a sustainable community model for 144 people on 160 acres, with food, water and energy being produced on site, resulting in a net positive output.
Just as in university, when five courses are taken each semester, each of us likely has a variety of interests that we engage in on a regular basis, if we are able to. Mine are programming, carpentry, hiking, sustainability and origins.
Second, when the weather gets warmer and when I can, I will get involved in projects requiring building, maintaining or fixing. That is a pleasant diversion from all the time spent behind the keyboard. It is also healthier to engage in various physical activities as it helps to prevent repetitive strain injury. Most of this is just a continuation of my time spent growing up on the farm.
Third, if I can't get out in a farm environment, then I enjoy going for long walks, anywhere where there are few people and lot's of nature. Perhaps that is what brought me to the Peterborough area, where there is enough city to find micro SD cards, but plenty of country once one gets a fifteen or twenty minute walk outside of it. I also enjoy taking photographs and always have a small camera with me when I go out.
Fourth, I am currently working on drawing this background together into developing a model for a sustainable community geared to Ontario, Canada. The essence of this design are 36 dwellings on 160 acres that is off grid capable, obtaining its food, water and energy onsite. The professions, skills and trades of it's occupants are also being mapped out. In this way, the needs of the one can be met by the skills of the other. The plan is to have a net positive outflow of products, services and knowledge, so that this community can help to benefit those around it.
Fifth and last, I have been interested in our origins; how we got here and why. When I started my professional career, I thought I knew what I needed and had prepared to go out and tell others this. I wasn't so certain, however, when a student naively asked a question about Darwin's theory of evolution. It made a lot of sense, especially the part about bird's beaks. This prompted me to find out more. That "more" has taken over twenty years and has culminated in what I am doing now.
Practically, as this relates the the Simbi platform, this means I am making myself available to meet the needs of others through:
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Carpentry, Landscape Work, Organization and Cleanup
This is usually better done with someone else, although this work can be done alone. Working with someone else is just less physically tiring, as there is someone to chat with, troubleshoot and help get that tool you need when you need it.
Sustainable Community Design
My work right now (2019) is at the stage where I feel comfortable looking for people in the six to eight sectors defined so far (trades, arts and music, gardening and personal care, monitoring, analysis and reporting, academic and applied) to approach them to determine how the model developed so far might benefit them. This might mean trading work improving their web site for products, services or training they are offering in a 50/50 blend (see below).
Discussion of Origins
How we got here, why and how knowledge of that can help our life today. Evidence of ancient technologies shows we were not the first to develop to an advanced state. Indeed, precise rock cuts and 1,100 tonne rocks show the ancient technology was much advanced to ours! Knowing what happened back then can help guide us in how to proceed today. Here is a playlist of nine videos that captures my own journey through this topic: Ancient Archaeology to Modern Knowledge (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzNDsxQRWpBwCEVlDHXFq6wzVSQ2s6A-p)
Realistically--in order to perform work in an environment that requires the use of the local currency in order to function--the person or group performing the service need to have enough of that currency to do what they need to do. Without that--however noble their intentions--they eventually will cease being able to do anything at all and then have to rely completely on others for their support. With that in mind, I am trialing a blended method. The initial ratio will be 50/50 for simplicity, for anything over one hour of work. The price for an hour of work in simbi and in the local currency in which I function (using the Canadian dollar) will be the same. It is being set at 50 simbi or $50 per hour. I have the feeling that it will require more like a 1/3:2/3 ratio (simbi:dollar), but 50/50 will make it easier to start.
Due to the fact that many sites (including this one) allow almost anyone to create an online profile, discretion is exercised before accepting a request for work or offering a service. Indicators used to determine credibility: Decent profile photo with only one person in the image; real name used; link to personal website showing original work. While this may not always be possible, prefer working with people in the same time zone.