Park & Ride

Vehicles that can get above 40ish mph, let’s call them ‘inter-city’ vehicles, are currently used inside heavily built up areas. The problems we see are many - RTAs, pollution, parking stress, traffic jams, towns built for cars rather than people.

How about we expand a park-n-ride type scheme whereby folks can have these vehicles but they aren’t allowed inside certain areas of high population density. Imagine getting on your local public transport to get to a park-n-ride. You collect your vehicle and whizz off to your heart’s content at ridiculous speeds, weeee, but then when you get to the next built up area, you park it at the p-n-r and use public transport to get to your destination. The public transport could be like a fleet of golf-cart type thingies. You could transfer all your kids and your stuff to the golf-cart and then go about your business. Shops could integrate their services with these carts such that grocery shopping, school runs, evening entertainments and so forth all co-ordinated around this inner-city vehicle maximising the pedestrian, humanification of urban environs.

There would have to be some solution found to getting goods from lorries to shops and factories without letting them inside built up areas. I bet you can think of a few right off the top of your head!

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Local Power

Neighbourhoods could band together for food and power. Rather than each for themselves and a monthly bill to a big utility provider, there could be communal allotments and wind/sun/bio generators just for a dozen houses or so. Wouldn’t that be an efficient way to have power and food? It would probably end up being a mixture of the big utility provider model and a local provision model. Supermarkets and shops as now, but much more backed up by subsistence farming like what made Britain so resilient during the second world war. We’ve lost so much of that self-reliance. I don’t know how to look after chickens, grow spuds and all that. Why? What other needs could be met, if only partially, by local and communal efforts?

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International Maximum Wage

It looks to me like a principle - the more unequal a society is the more unstable it is and the more people and the biosphere suffers.
A way to address this would be to pin the uppermost earnings with the lowest. There must be many mechanisms whereby jobs are ranked. Financial institutions, actuarial data, HMRC etc. Perhaps it would be something for a Citizen’s Assembly to work out.
We could have a society where the top earners are on (let’s say) 50 times the bottom earners. Perhaps exceptions could be made if someone came up with a really, really good reason and had a majority agree, but in general, what justification could there be?

What I’m envisioning is a society that husbands its resources rather than plays the winner-takes-all game. The humans need to start asking what they give more than what they get in relation to the totality.

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