What’s next..?

A road-map for the Landbase Project

 Implementing this Project over the coming months
08 – Dec’19Landbase project goes publicL/Bone website
22 – Dec’19Kickstarter content readied to launchP-1funds for the book
mid Jan’20Recruitment partyP-1~ 20 people[1]
early Feb’20Kickstarter crowd-funding launchedP-140 days
early Feb’20Landbase crowd-funding project startsP-2two websites;[2]
late Feb’20Landbase forms charitable trustL/Bfunding purposes
early March’20Opens for crowd-funding of public projectsL/B
late July’20Presentation to Soil & Health Assoc., NZP-2

Table Legend

  • L/B = developing the Landbase Project
  • P-1 = Project One, crowdfunding for Making Sense of Sustainability book
  • P-2 = Project Two, crowdfunding for rural Learning Centre


1 :  Recruitment event. For people who may want to really get behind the crowd-funding of the book through their own newsletter-mailing lists, we ‘d like 15K notices to go out), a short presentation will be held to outline the content of the book.  This event will be in West Auckland. If you’d like to attend please contact: Ross, landbase@gmail.com.
2 :  One website becoming two. The Landbase website is to be re-purposed strictly for project crowd-funding, while the other content ( Issues…etc.) gets moved onto a separate but related website – AgRUS, an online magazine for news, articles and other items.

Press …

It seems everyone thinks they know about sustainability, but ask them how it should be assessed and they’ll probably echo the economist story that’s been around for decades – still failing making a difference. But economics is essentially about business, and business is essentially about money, and economics and business struggle to partner well with the environment. Nature doesn’t care about economics, it runs on a different set of rails. Its operating system is sustainability and that system offers just two end states; extinction or evolution, and not a lot of wriggle room between.
In his upcoming book Making Sense of Sustainability: A breakthrough in understanding the workings and appraisal of sustainability, Ross Scholes suggests that we need to get back on nature’s track and he offers some fundamental principles and basic tools for doing just that, explaining how sustainability has a form which produces identifiable patterns.
He also asserts that this form is rooted in a universal template, which is demonstrated across the natural world, but is not limited to just that context. Agriculture is the obvious system to benefit from this approach but, as he suggests, why not apply the same idea to all our social systems like money, education and democracy.
The proposed book is part of a larger project for promoting sustainable living on a social scale.  To learn more about this visit landbase.nz/about/

Which came first: the environment, or its sustainability?

According to author Ross Scholes sustainability is like physics, it was always there: a universal operating system which Nature has learnt to use by trial and error, and we need to catch up with that, fast. He suggests that the dominant narrative about sustainability is economistic, counter-intuitive and certainly not scientific – a mask for the vested interests committed to business as usual. He’s on a one-man mission to change that, to bring sustainability down to earth and home to the grassroots.

He plans to write a book explaining maths-based sustainability as a science; to put up training centres to spread his theory and ideas; and to facilitate their practical expression through a rural resettlement programme. But the next step won’t happen, he says, until the mailing list for that project reaches 15.6K.
Join here at the website, landbase.nz/about/ and get busy spreading the word.


Nature needs to relieve itself: you in or you out?

Current efforts to deal with global warming particularly those directed at fossil fuel suppliers are simplistic and futile. The core of that issue is a consumer-led not a supplier-driven problem. Take for example tourism, a pretentious and pointless industry that uses staggering amounts of fossil fuel but somehow never gets a chiding. There’s a mentality afoot which is wasting valuable time. To the fossil fuel industry it’s a joke every time another tourist boards a plane. They don’t mind being blamed. What’s more, in the larger perspective fossil fuels are not even the main cause of our global CO2 burden.

What really needs to be done instead, rather than trying to fiddle with this problem through a keyhole of political agitation, is to push open the whole door. That’s a prospect which absolutely terrifies the establishment. They’d prefer all the creeks got dried up by activists trying desperately to put out all the little fires – keeps them busy. Whereas to put out the whole damn lot at once will mean seriously raining on their parade: refreshing the earth; cooling the planet; disciplining the money 3-4 years max.

The door that needs to be banged open is sustainability – not the chocolate-factory UN-World Bank-WTO version with its folk-tales about the three pillars, but the real one that sits squarely between evolution and extinction. According to author Ross Scholes sustainability is the universal operating system. Even after billions of years of trial and error nature hasn’t found an alternative, and humankind needs to concede all its systems to that reality, top to bottom – for its own sake as well as for the environment, and the sooner the better.

He wants to write a book explaining his ideas in maths-based scientific terms. But, he says, the next step won’t happen until his mailing list reaches 15.6K. Learn more about his project here, https://landbase.nz/about/, and get busy spreading the word.


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