"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Serious Games: Virtual reality and social-ecological systems
Garrett Hardin's famed but flawed idea of the "tragedy of the commons" has the
basis for much of the world's policies for (mis-) managing resources. Finally a serious computer game has modeled how humans can beat the tragedy of the commons and actually increase harvests and create sustainable yields. The key (as if we didn't know!): good communication skills. Just ask your wife.
ScienceDaily (May 1, 2010) Research conducted in a computerized microworld by scientists at Arizona State University and Indiana University, including Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom, show how common-pool ...