First, thank you for taking from your time to discover more about me. It’s difficult to describe who I am or what I do so allow me to ramble a bit about some of what I’ve done and maybe then you’ll start to understand who I am and what I can do for you or your organization.
HOW THE MIND THINKS
As people get to know me a common comment from them is, “you don’t think small”. Some people walk along looking at the ground only a meter or so in front of themselves, I am looking backward, side to side and beyond the horizon. It’s how I’m wired and blessing or curse depends on context and/or topic. With an innate altruistic bend and compassion toward humanity, I have found the bulk of my efforts tend toward volunteering my skills to offer a better quality of life for the bottom billion living in this world.
I was raised in a small town where it seemed the majority of people were either farmers or construction workers. In my life, I have embraced both.
In construction, I didn’t focus on individual housing units but rather the context of housing in a waste and want culture. In Indianapolis, I developed a company that focused on the existing underutilized housing stock in the cities blighted communities. Targeting specific sections of the city, restoring financial and social value to those communities through favorable market trends. I sold my rights to the company and it has regressed to a traditional building company, one house at a time.
While living in the Republic of Panama I developed a sustainable farm as a result of working toward a solution for people, sustenance farmers, who have limited growable top soil and limited water, both which were a direct result of deforestation. Deforestation was a result of mass cutting for firewood used for cooking. And given the rains around the equator belt, the people cooking indoors results in mass smoke inhalation causing chronic lung disease mostly in women and children. The effect is 1.9 million people dying each year and many others living with a very poor quality of life. So, to deal with the deforestation I first worked on a solution to the wood fuel consumption issue by creating a stove that maximized the wood fuel to heat energy conversion. Given smoke is merely unburned gases emitted from wood fuel, consuming all those gases would greatly increase the efficiency of the wood fuel use, thereby diminishing deforestation and smoke inhalation. And by developing a stove that could easily be made from locally resourced materials the people in the villages were empowered to create their own solutions. This is called an appropriate technology. The result; meals that used to require logs to cook can now be done using sticks cutting the wood fuel use by 60% and burning smokeless.
The farm I created was a simple form of aquaponics, a mix of aquaculture and agriculture. In short, I used no soil, no outside inputs and was able to rapidly grow lots of organic food by creating an enclosed micro eco-system. It worked well and drew global attention. But I’ll digress to say everything in life is the result of cause and effect. And finding effective direction or solutions is done through intentional research and dedicated pondering.
I HAVE A DREAM
My dream is to someday develop a model sustainable city. We have the technology in western culture but it’s the self-discipline we are lacking. Therefore I believe my dream will only be realized in a developing country where self-discipline is still common and convenience is not the chief end expectation.
Over the years I have won awards for architectural design and project development. I have worked internationally in all phases of the construction process. My favorite work is in the more artisan cultures of the Caribbean and Central/South America. Though some say managing projects there is a similar experience to herding cats I have found that directing those artisans to deliver much more creativity and individuality to a project that can otherwise be contrived in the developed world. I have designed and developed in all structural methods and have managed as much as seventy workers at a time on a housing project. That’s a large herd of cats. I am now beginning an endeavor of building a training center for sustainable development in Caldera, Panama. Our hope is to have as many as 24 students at a time living on site being trained in all aspects of sustainable techniques from power production, food production, and home development led by some of the best teachers in the world. We hope to begin courses mid-March of 2018. Look for our blog coming soon on this site.
In the midst of my current effort, if you have a project that requires thoughtfulness of design, organization, development, and management; consider me and send me an email to connect.