Rural Systems Visioneering
We try to help rural off-grid villages to overcome their fundamental concerns:
- lack of resources (e.g., electrical power, storage for food),
- lack of infrastructure (for management and monitoring),
- lack of quality education and training, and
- 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
- 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
- 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’:
- the framework of ‘Self-Organizing Hierarchical Open Systems with Visioneering’ (SOHO-V),
- 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),
- 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
- 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
- electrification via independent sustainable mini-grid system of renewable energy power generation, maintenance and monitoring,
- creation of vaccine monitoring and delivery system for the maintenance of community health,
- establishment of innovative technology center in NM-AIST for technological development and application, production, and entrepreneurship training,
- 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,
- development of service and establishment of infrastructure for the storage of crops, processing and commercialization through packaging, and distribution,
- multiagent-based modeling to promote emergent self-organizing processes for resilient decision-making with the engineering of a clear vision, and
- 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.