Ridder Equoi

Kruf, J.P. (2017). Equoi ©

“Ik ben Equoi. Vandaag ben ik ridder en verdedig ik de goede zaak van democratie. Ik sta voor besturen (Governance) in verbinding (Connect).”

Ts’uu

Ontstaan vanuit de bossen van British Columbia. Ts’uu is de naam. Komend van de Haida-cultuur en het is de naam voor de boom Thuja plicata (L.), de Reuzenlevensboom, of Western red cedar. Van het hout werden en worden totempalen vervaardigd. Deze bevatten wijsheid en respect en reflecteren het collectieve denken van de groep, hun geschiedenis, meningen en emoties… 

De naam Ts’uu wordt gebruikt in de Haida-taal, gesproken door de indianen van Brits-Columbia, het Prins van Wales-eiland en in Hydaburg en Ketchikan in Alaska en op de Koningin Charlotte-eilanden in Canada.

Bijzonder aan Ts’uu is dat het twee stel hersens heeft, de ratio en het gevoel. Beide zijn zeer goed ontwikkeld en staan volledig met elkaar in verbinding. Dit maakt Ts’uu tot een wezen met een hoog IQ en EQ. Elk kleur staat voor een waarde of is in verbonden met de natuurlijke ecosystemen of biomen.

Deze is voor kleinzoon Sebas met alle adviezen die een grootvader zijn kleinzoon kan geven. Future-proof so to speak.

Bibliography

Drengson, A. and Taylor, D. (2008). Wild Foresting: Practicing Nature’s Wisdom. Gabriola Island, BC Canada: New Society Publishers, 288 pp. Link

Norton, H. H. (1981). Plant Use in Kaigani Haida Culture: Correction of an Ethnohistorical Oversight. Economic Botany Vol. 35, No. 4 (Oct. – Dec., 1981), pp. 434-449 (16 pages). Springer https://www.jstor.org/stable/4254321

Government Imperial Blue

Kruf, J.P. (2017). Government. Pantone® Imperial Blue 19-4245 TPG.

Government is a functional component by which a state, region, city or community is controlled. Government in fact is in charge of the public governance of society and the natural environment. It serves its citizens and companies. It does this through elected and governing councils with its management. Examples of governments are municipality, region, province or specific organisation.

The colour is Pantone® Imperial Blue 19-4245 TPG. It is the umbrella colour for the whole of government. It links with the Latin imperium, meaning ‘rule over large territories’. Its main task is to constitute the tasks it has been given by its citizens and act accordingly and consequently.

The Need

The conclusions of Kickert (2007) bring us close to the need for an integrated trans disciplinary and pluridisciplinary approach. there is a need for integration. Why then not directly go back to basics and take the science as starting point which already has this way of looking embedded: forest ecology and silvology. What wisdom of the forest could be beneficial and crucial for city management and governance. And why not design from here, because the science itself is integrated, cohesive, not fragmented and not segmented. Everything is connected. If the city is considered as an ecosystem, then the city could follow the definition of the ecosystem:

“A community of living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components interacting through cycles of water, nutrients and energy flows.“ – Eugene P. Odum (1971)

Following major and crucial research on the architecture of and the dynamics within forest ecosystems it gives us first guidance how to structure our approach:

“A forest ecosystem can be conceived as a set of interactive subsystems. It is in fact built up from the basic components, the individual living systems – also called organisms like plants, animals and humans – via subsystems to the highest level. Organisms as such are built up from cells, tissues, organs and organ complexes. Upwards from individual organisms the system can be built up to community, unit, mosaic and finally forest.” – Roelof A.A. Oldeman (1990)

Forest & City
Can the consideration of the city as an ecosystem and the use of the highly developed forest language be helpful to diagnosis its state? The assumption is made that the city fully functions under the laws of nature and therefor is ground to make the comparison between the forest and the city plausible. Using the language of the forest can possibly contribute to a better understanding of its interactions, dynamics and resilience and even to morge integrated thinking, decision making and acting. Following the inspiration and clear lessons of Professor Oldeman (1990) we may find analogy and come to the following definition of the ecosystem city:

“The ecosystem city can be conceived as a set of interactive subsystems. It is in fact built op from the basis components, the individual acting systems – also called organisations like governments, civil organisations and businesses – via subsystems neighbourhood, area, district, suburb to the highest level, the city. Organisations as such are built up from individual people, teams, departments and holdings, but are considered as black box.” – Jack P. Kruf, 2018.

Let us follow and elaborate some basic building blocks from the forest towards the city.

Bibliography

Kickert, Walter (ed.) (2007) The Study of Public Management in Europe and the US. London & New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

Odum, Eugene P. (1971) Fundamentals of Ecology. 3rd edn. New York: Saunders.

Oldeman, R.A.A. (1990) Forests: Elements of Silvology. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

https://jackkruf.nl/ecosystem-city/

Bringing back lost species?

The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus). Dr. Goding in 1902. Source: Wikipedia.

Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo, the Tasmanian tiger …

But now, says American writer Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we? Which ones? He asks the big question. The answer is closer than you might think.

Equoi

Kruf, J.P. (2018). Equoi.

Ontstaan vanuit de pion op de velden van het klassieke schaakspel. Groot geworden gedurende de duizenden jaren sinds het bestaan van het spel, tussen de zwaargewichten toren, loper, paard, koningin en koning. Maar altijd zichzelf gebleven. Gewoon ook, zonder kapsones. Bijzonder: hij heeft zichzelf opnieuw uitgevonden.

Hij is voorzien van een slimme set sensoren en daarmee in staat als Environmental eXpert om stemmingen te meten, sferen op te nemen en de toestand van het milieu te registreren. Een slimme pion dus, Equoi•X. Deze is voor kleinzoon Sam met alle adviezen die een grootvader zijn kleinzoon kan geven. Future-proof so to speak.