Rural Systems Visioneering


We try to help rural off-grid villages to overcome their fundamental concerns:

  1. lack of resources (e.g., electrical power, storage for food),
  2. lack of infrastructure (for management and monitoring),
  3. lack of quality education and training, and
  4. lack of motivation, vision and its engineering (i.e., visioneering).

These are related to the 14 SDGs such as #1 (No poverty), #2 (Zero hunger), #3 ( Good health and well-being, #4 (Quality education), #6 (Clean water and sanitation), #7 (Affordable and clean energy), #8 (Decent work and economic growth), #9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure), #10 (Reduced inequalities), #11 (Sustainable cities and communities), #12 (Responsible consumption and production), #13 (Climate action), #15 (Life on land), and #17 (Partnership for the goals).

Describe the co-design process and the intended participants. What sectors or groups do they represent and why are they invited?

‘Rural Systems Visioneering’ SDG Lab will

  1. co-create innovative sustainability science & technology necessary for the renewable energy-based electrical, climate-smart agricultural, and resilience-based educational fields with the ‘Tanzania-Korea Innovative Energy Technology (IeT) Center’ through cooperation with the top-level ‘Nelson-Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and
  2. co-grow with rural villages in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania through visioneering (i.e., harmonious triad of governance, management and monitoring for sustainable ecological-societal systems).

The facilitation of the process.

To mobilize rural people and villages, the following applications will be supplemented to the already initiated ‘Tanzania-Korea IeT Center’:

  1. the framework of ‘Self-Organizing Hierarchical Open Systems with Visioneering’ (SOHO-V),
  2. complex systems science-based sustainability education which focuses on nurturing the basic and key competences for sustainable development (e.g., systems thinking, normative, strategic, and anticipatory competences),
  3. climate-smart agriculture with green biotechnology and its quantitative assessment based on biotic/network/thermodynamic indicators by monitoring and modeling energy-matter-information flows in and out of rural systems using inexpensive monitoring network, computer modeling and remote sensing technology, and
  4. multiagent-based modeling for emergent solutions for better productivity and profit for heterogeneous small-household farmers as well as policy-makers dealing with multiple perspectives.

What are the potential innovations/prototypes and impact of these?

The Tanzania-Korea IeT center (including ‘Rural Systems Visioneering’ SDG Lab) will develop, educate, and commercialize innovative appropriate technology suitable for off-grid rural villages through

  1. electrification via independent sustainable mini-grid system of renewable energy power generation, maintenance and monitoring,
  2. creation of vaccine monitoring and delivery system for the maintenance of community health,
  3. establishment of innovative technology center in NM-AIST for technological development and application, production, and entrepreneurship training,
  4. implementation of climate-smart agriculture and its quantitative assessment based on biotic/network/thermodynamic indicators by monitoring and modeling energy-matter-information flows in and out of rural systems,
  5. development of service and establishment of infrastructure for the storage of crops, processing and commercialization through packaging, and distribution,
  6. multiagent-based modeling to promote emergent self-organizing processes for resilient decision-making with the engineering of a clear vision, and
  7. linking the above-mentioned efforts to the rural communities with feedback loops (i.e., guided self-organization process) to create profit, to promote businesses, and to nurture entrepreneurship with stewardship that ensures sustainability.
Seoul National University (Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Tanzania-Korea Innovative Energy Technology Center (located within and through cooperation with Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology) in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania