For the last seven years a group of family and friends and myself have been working on building a better new future. We started by opening an educational museum and built products around it to show the possibilities. This included the hemp surfboard, artist canvases, hemp jeans, T-shirts and much more. Check it out.
This was great, but the web was changing dramatically during this time. We began getting heavily involved in online development and realized that the web was a much greater tool then surfboards and T-shirts.
Shortly after we decided that to take advantage of the latest web technologies would be essential to spread our messages. So, we developed WebsiteWag – focused on providing web tools for everyone to use – especially non-profits.
A couple of years later we began to home school my two young sons ages five and seven. It quickly became apparent that I didn’t have any good answers to all the important questions they had about how the world works. I didn’t believe the standard script, and certainly didn’t want to pass that along.
So we went back to the drawing board. With the help of friends, family – and especially the emerging web community and knowledge base; we were able to develop our latest and greateset project. We joined our commitment to a better future with our love of innovation and technology to create our latest and greatest development – Future of the Free.
The idea started when planning the first year of home schooling for my young sons Ben and Toby – ages 5 and 7. I had to explain money, energy, war, poverty, jobs, taxes and so on – in a way that made sense and wouldn’t be scary to them. Answers to seemingly basic questions always required a string of explanations that showed that every aspect of our lives and relationships are governed by money – but has little to do with human needs – or logic! The result is a tremendous waste of human resources, separated families and communities – loads of pollution and toxins EVERYWHERE. The Bees are even dying off – a third are already gone!
Do I really want to spend my time teaching my boys how to be a so called success in such a system? Of course not. It simply did not make any sense.
There has got to be a better way! – Especially considering that we now know that everything is truly connected. What we do and feel creates the world around us and even gives structure to water, life to electrons at a quantum level and emits energy waves just beginning to be understood.
When expressing to friends how I feel about all this – the rhetorical response I nearly always get: is:
Well – you can’t do anything about it?
After hearing this too many times we decided something indeed should be done. Be the change you want to see Right? Our current system of competition, war, and waste simply needs to be replaced. This means truly using our creative will along with the spirit of our communities to really do something different.
Do something different!
We would start by doing something that made simple sense. Something that is founded on providing the basic human essentials. This would need to be something that discerning folks could easily recognize as worthy and easily acted upon. This system would have to be something cheap, easy, and readily duplicated. Something anyone could build that would be a solution for the basic human needs
A Simple Solution
A simple start is as simple as re-establishing our human connections to nature and each other. No politician, legislation, military or scape goating can change our current conditions.
Provide the Basics – and all else will follow…
– Food, Water, Shelter, and most importantly strong social relationships through community cooperation.
Create a real simple system to take care of our basic needs. The criteria were to develop a simple, fast, affordable, and portable system.
Building criteria were decided:
1. Use parts that are most common throughout the world
2. Use parts that could be easily substituted with functionally similar materials available locally.
3. Use parts that are free and/or cheap
Our goal is to get back to basics in the most sustainable and accessible way.
Please join us.