Proximity of Desire (POD)

  • [Link] = i-page Outline for Community Investments { [Link] = NewSpace version}
  • [Link] = 2-page Method summary
  • [Link] = 1-page Calculations framework 

(2017-2022) “PROXIMITY of DESIRE” (“POD”)  &

Part 1) ECOLOGICAL ACCOUNTING PROCESS (EAP) Foundation Metrics Framework, for The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC:

Expressing human desire to have proximity to “Natural Commons Assets” (NCA) (parks, creeks, rivers, etc.). Developed with paid and in-kind contributions during the contract; and post-contract in-kind contributions:

The assets that deliver Nature’s services are most often public real property managed by government. It is hard to assign market-equivalent valuations of public property, so as to develop the ability to calculate costs and return-on-investment targets; and to develop defensible validations of the value-for-money that could be obtained by spending money to sustain access to the services. This is hard because public property is not taxed so there is no valuation history. I developed a method to cost and price public real property. This was used to guide development of metrics to cost the cost-superior services delivered by watershed Natural Commons Assets (NCA) such as creeks, rivers, wetlands, and riparian (shoreline) zones.

The method arises from a first principles’ re-think about the nature of the nature of fences and boundaries in the common law. POD uses “first principles market forces” (human desire) to financially value human desire for proximity to public natural real property (parks, wetlands, etc.) as a means of valuation; the price and cost data is then matched to type of NCA x tax assessments’ along time series.

    • Project Name: Persuading Project Manager to morph name from the original “Ecological Accounting Protocol” to “Ecological Accounting Process.”
    • Contributions’ examples: (analyses at Duncan, BC & Courtenay/Comox, BC). This is the Koksilah (Duncan, BC) study: [Link1of8] [Link2of8] [Link3of8]  [Link4of8] [Link5of8] [Link6of8]
    • Mitigating Flood Risk in Koksilah Industrial Area by noticing presence of underground river underneath construction site, in data-flows in my imagination (see “A” buried-river-flood-source [link])
    • Kilmer Creek Cost-Benefit Analysis: EAP Applied to the Regional District of North Vancouver’s redevelopment assessment [Link]
    • EAP Primer: First Edition, Jan 2019. Research contributions noted [Link]

The “Proximity of Desire” valuation sequence was subsequently developed to more fully explain the impact of being able to value human desire for proximity to any public asset and services (park, library, service centre, installation, etc.). POD creates the means to assign market-equivalent valuation histories for the market mix of public, private, and hybrid assets. This is the tying of value of services delivered by public assets (such as a park) to the market desire to obtain those services; using proximity of private assets to public assets to put a tax-equivalent price on public assets. This can range from the smallest village to States-Party and internationally-shared resources which are managed by all sovereigns but owned by none. 

    • ProxP uses POD and is for public, private, and public-private partnerships such as ESG valuation and investment activities. The method can be used in any country and sub-jurisdiction. [updated Link].
    • Respondents and Collaborators mentioned not realizing that these calculations can be two-directional (ie. reverse-calculated by starting at “y” or “x”) or help to create sustainable circular continuous improvement mechanisms. See this [Link] to read a 1-pager with diagram that ought to be helpful (this is the link at “B”, above).


    1. 2001: Fighting Skyscraper Fires Post-9/11: The far back root threads of “re-thinking how we value public space” started when I was having a beer in an Abbotsford, BC tavern after work; watching the events of 9/11; getting an idea about how to better fight skyscraper fires. I still have the sketch. FEMA & NYC were not interested. The commercial driver & competitive edge is better property insurance rates.
    2. 2007-14: FinQM: Using Quality Values as a Profit-Driver:


    1. Independent Accounting Innovation: An equation to calculate the financial $value of voter desires expressing la voix populaire – the popular will: [Link7of8] [Link8of8
    2. Watershed Aboiteaux: Proposing the use of reverse-engineered low-profile cascades of aboiteaux to capture upland surface water flows into local catchment areas, by slowing water flows (ex. edge of fields, etc.). Aboiteaux are part of an ancient sluice/dyke system used in colonial Acadia (now Nova Scotia) to recapture salt marsh fields for agriculture: [Link].