A vision comes to life

George Verghese created the hybrid academic/business plan that ultimately now finds fruition in Kwantlen University’s new $36M Wilson School of Design.

Meeting with the Wilson team. Transforming desire into a startling vision. Attracting $millions of dollars of private and public investment money. Now realized with a new, fully-funded design centre. B.C.’s apparel industry has more than 400 businesses employing over 7,600 people; the fourth-largest manufacturing segment in BC.

And George’s vision? Now starting to produce massive real-world impact.

He is that rarity. The fundraiser’s fundraiser.

Business in Vancouver news article: https://lnkd.in/gQf8R_S

 

Hydrological Spreads update

From Columbia U.’s Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, Xi Chen, Pierre Gentine & Ozgur Sahin comes the proposition to harvest energy from evaporation. Could this bring “Hydrological Spreads” Financing to fruition?

News article: https://techxplore.com/news/2017-09-energy-harvested-evaporation-power.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=idealmedia&utm_campaign=techxplore.com&utm_term=68744&utm_content=2148428

Direct link: Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, Xi Chen, Pierre Gentine & Ozgur Sahin, Potential for natural evaporation as a reliable renewable energy resource, Nature Communications 8, Article number: 617 (2017), doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00581-w, Published online 26 September 2017.

Hydrological Spreads & Aquifer Float Rights discussion: https://www.davehuer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/huer-aquifer-float-rights.pdf


Upper Image Credit: Columbia University cf. techxplore.com article

SOLCO: A new space treaty to break the Orbital Investing Sound Barrier

CityMoon : Getting back to the Moon

Earlier this summer, a friend and got to talking about space industry. Why industry and the authorities still had us stuck on Earth. It’s been 50 years. They played golf. And got us a bag of rocks. All the other promises were empty. And NASA keeps insisting that we ought to be making riskier long-duration trips to Mars vs. bootstrapping like entrepreneurs do. But got to thinking, concluding that the old Outer Space Treaty (UNOOSA, 1966) is the barrier to entry. The national space agencies really have little choice, because signatory states all agree that no one can own private property off-planet.

CityMoon.org : website
Treaty proposal video (CGI animation)

Well, who invests in that. 

The strategy here? A new treaty to break the investment log-jam. That’s been the project of the last few months. I will periodically post and welcome guest commentary.  It takes all of us to make the world better. And all of us dialoguing to move our civilization forward.