U-Netted Nations™

It's about time… to take INDIVIDUAL responsibility for our MUTUAL benefit..

It All Stacks Up..

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UPDATE: “Where did you go… while I was away..?”

I bet you were still looking for answers – to issues that probably affect all of us. The constant change that we all experience – requires that we constantly change – the way we manage change.

That is the profound simplicity of life – for each of us and all of us.

How we do that is then the holy grail of success, individually and collectively – and cooperatively.

But enough about me, what about you – will you agree to cooperate? Maybe, if there is also something in it for you as well (WIFM), a mutual benefit. So that – (WIFM/mutual benefit) is the underlying foundation to the value stack – and the reason why nothing stacks up – at least very well or for very long. Even our shared intentions to do good seldom result in mutual benefits. Most often that is “because” we overlooked some stakeholder or failed to anticipate some unintended consequence. That “hidden” insight is what I was looking for when I found “ASK4” – a core set of questions to take things apart and reconstruct them in a sustainable configuration.

Ironically, even with the entire blogosphere at my doorstep, I have been unable to express that in such a way that a tipping point cold be reached, and the energy of a k-zillion minds could be beckoned and applied to use our common sense to solve our common issues and enjoy that mutually beneficial result.

That turns out to have forced a pivot – a slight shift from proposing the potential value of such an “ASK4” approach – to actually putting that approach into action and solving a familiar problem. I was forced to face the reality that if this process is viable it must also become visible to become valuable. I realized that if it was a means to enable innovation, it must be applied to create an innovation. Proof-of-concept always stacks up higher in the value pyramid than does mere conjecture.

So I have been offline from this blog posting for some time. Instead I have applied the ASK4 process to create an innovation – and as of my recent birthday the fee has been paid for an approved patent on the ConstruKs.com erosion and flood control technology.

The ASK4 process works – and my goal now is to put a lot of folks back to work: making a variety of ConstruKs product versions, that can solve a host of infrastructure problems and introduce an economic development opportunity in those same communities. I’d like to modestly call that integrated approach “Economic Recovery In A Box”.


Turns out that people already know how to “stack dirt” to build topographical features for landscaping and roadways and bridge abutments and building foundations, and even for buildings themselves (like the Indian Pueblos and other adobe/compressed-earth structures). Turns out that people have stacked rocks for keeping landslides from taking the hillsides away and along streams to keep from losing precious landscapes. Turns out that people have used plastic and concrete to shore up bulkheads and seawalls to prevent beaches and lakeside boundaries from changing and endangering lives and property. Turns out that if you place those ballast materials (ex:dirt) inside an interlocked protective material it will stay put and resist the forces of nature – from gravity to floods to wind to ocean currents. It also turns out that many of these issues from mountainside to seashore share a common problem and solution – water.

The problem of flooding (water) that I addressed as a case study is widespread and worth considering – again. The long-standing answer seems to be dirt-simple, sandbags. That approach takes a source of sand – moved to a staging area – placed into bags – that are hauled to site – carried to the streamside – placed into stacks – and when they have served their purpose, picked up again – carried to a vehicle – hauled away – and a hole dug into which they are disposed – dirt-simple (_n_o_t_). Labor-intensive – yes.

As it turns out, water is an alternative solution. Once you investigate an issue it is likely that the answer is right in front of your eyes – or at least can become more easily visible.  The problem with flooding is water – the problem with flood water is that it is not useful – the reason that it is not useful is that it can’t be stacked (to create a flood barrier) – the reason it can’t be stacked is for lack of a viable container. The root cause of this whole stack of issues is again dirt-simple – create a watertight stacking container system. Using a membrane liner in ConstruKs, water from a flooding tributary/ocean can be placed into the standing columns that are laced together to form one interlocked unit that could stretch from North Dakota to New Orleans. When done, the water ballast can be easily returned and the stacking units easily collapsed/stored for future use – efficient/effective/economical. If desired, they can be filled (once) with the familiar sand – or even concrete to become a permanent construction.

Using ASK4 as a process to address any issue can create solutions – as it just did for me. That simple ConstruKs solution may serve you or your community some day: it may provide employment; it may keep a landslide from taking out a highway; it may keep the levee from failing or the river from flooding your property. It may keep the rising ocean from taking away a beach or an entire community.

For that to happen, I am now faced with some new issues of manufacturing and marketing that this ConstruKs innovation opportunity has introduced. That is where this discussion began:

“The constant change that we all experience

requires that we constantly change – the way we manage change.”

During the time it has taken to invent and patent the ConstruKs idea, others have launched a whole new online means of crowd-funding such ventures by enrolling the power of a multitude of smaller supporters (rather than a single affluent venture-capitalist). As a result of that change – I can now place my innovation idea (ConstruKs) atop the enabling financial benefits of their idea (crowdfunding). Together that could stack up better for each of us and all of us – and I can now offer rewards to those that want to help “stack water to stop a flood” – and jump-start the economy.

And, if I have accomplished anything by the ‘flooding’ case-study example (and if those with programming skill and change managment insight see the value of joining forces), we may all get to cooperate online in the ASK4 process to solve countless other issues with our common sense – across these Unetted-Nations.

We’ll see how it all stacks up – and soon I hope !

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So here are a couple test questions:
What do you think..
– about solving infrastructure problems by creating new jobs/products/a new industry?
Would YOU or your Community…
– like to be featured on a documentary about solving unemployment by fixing our infrastructure?
HOW could you help champion either of those opportunities – and WILL you..?

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What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

Written by gsbigger

July 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

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