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This is the journey — the world as it could and shoud be ...

This web site is not about accepting what exists, but giving people the hope, the inspiration and the information to help them to peacefully make the world as it could and should be. Achieving this goal is a long and never ending journey for sure, but one that is worth making. And perhaps, as never before, a journey that ordinary people can and must undertake, to build, so to speak, a different type of civilisation; one where the madness that is emerging from religious, scientific and free-market economic dogma and extremism cannot thrive, and where such thinking finds no place. "But how?" you ask. This is what we as ordinary people must discover, for it is now self-evident that we cannot look to political leaders for such answers, which are of course, not so obvious, and why should they be! But there are clues, hints, which one might say, have been left for us to find. And one of these is surely to examine in detail what it is about religion, science and free-market economics that drives men to madness. Perhaps also we need to start resolving conflicts of minds, especially the one between religion and science, which just adds to the insanity in the world.

This is your world, so make it a place that your children will thank you for. This your story, so make it one that your children will be proud of. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot change the world. This is a lie. In the free world, adults have a vote, a wallet and a right to change their lifestyle, so start using these precious gifts to make a difference. This is the journey …

Why Use Fiction?

Transitioning to a sustainable civilisation involves changing the collective values and beliefs upon which the present industrialised world is based, and opening peoples’ eyes to the damaging consequences of the ideologies that underlie science, technology, engineering, free market enterprise, religion, etc. If humanity is to ever achieve sustainability, it will need to reinvent these most important aspects of our civilisation.

Paul T Kidd uses fiction to explore these matters, and to comment upon the nature of contemporary society, the forces at work that keep people locked in a way of living that has long since ceased to be relevant, ... read full text on Paul T Kidd's pages.

New Approaches to Science, Engineering and Technology

Scientists, engineers and technologists bear a heavy burden of responsibility for the unsustainable nature of contemporary civilisation given their mechanistic and reductionist values, and the resulting lack of respect for humanity and nature, although few probably realise this, so caught-up are they in their respective ideologies. An eminent applied mathematician and control engineer, the late Professor Howard Rosenbrock, FRS, was prepared to tackle this matter and began in the latter stages of his career to develop the intellectual foundations for new approaches to science, engineering and technology, through the development of a method for developing skill enhancing or human-centred technologies, and an exploration of a scientific method based on … read the full text on our sustainability pages.

Two Cultures

C P Snow was by vocation a writer, producing over his lifetime a number of works of fiction. But he was also by education, training and employment a physicist who undertook a considerable amount of work for the British Government. Being grounded in two very different worlds, and being given the unenviable task during the Second World War of interviewing science and engineering undergraduates to determine how best they could be deployed in support of the war effort, Snow became aware of the existence of what he called Two Cultures, and eventually gave a lecture on this subject and wrote a book addressing this matter. Many decades on, the question remains whether the problems associated with Two Cultures still exist, how this concept has evolved, and also what new issues arise in the modern world as a consequence. Paul T Kidd, who is also by vocation a writer, is involved, via his education, training and work, in the world of science, engineering and technology, as well as business. Through this he has become very familiar with Two Cultures, and has begun to explore in his works of fiction some of the implications for humanity, especially given the social, economic and environmental challenges of the early 21st century. We will have more to say about these Two Cultures as the content of this web site is developed.

Nuclear Power Post Fukushima

Following the first ever, triple reactor core meltdown, and the contamination of tens of square kilometres of surrounding countryside with Strontium 90, here are some worrying statements made by some senior engineers and scientists in the UK:

“People have an irrational fear of radiation.”

“No one died (from exposure to radiation).”

“... in terms of a nuclear accident it showed what people can do in very trying circumstances ...”

“All the press focused on ... was a reactor puffing steam.”

... read full text on our sustainability pages.

Sustainable Agriculture

The strategic drivers affecting the future development of agriculture can be summarised as follows: increasing world population; growing demand for calories and protein in developing countries; limited or decreasing resources (arable land, water, energy); sustainability, particularly reducing energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions and reversing loss of habits and the decline in biodiversity (including the decline in soil biodiversity); increasing food quality awareness in developed nations; protection and preservation of water resources; and dealing with problems of soil compaction, erosion, loss of soil organic matter, salinisation, and desertification.

Many of the problems listed above are the result of the application of reductionist scientific methods and industrial engineering thinking. It is quite surprising therefore, possibly an act of insanity, that, just as people are waking up to the damaging consequences of industrial scale intensive farming, and all the scientific and technological paraphernalia that has to go with it to keep those very large agricultural technology businesses happy, people are talking about applying more of the science, engineering and technology that is so evidently part of the problem.

It has been said, by people with vested interests in maintaining the status quo, and in a most condescending way, that it would take two planets to feed the world using organic farming methods. But what they will not tell you is how many planets worth of oil and natural gas it will take to feed the world if humanity listens to this nonsense, and does not develop a completely different way of growing its food.

Paul T Kidd has been examining and investigating these matters for the past five years, observing and analysing the conventional thinking and research that is being disingenuously presented as innovation, but which is if fact holding back the development of a new and sustainable system of agriculture. More will be published once Paul has completed the book he is writing on this subject.

Changing International Law

We live in a world that is increasingly dominated by multinational corporations and global trade. And the actions and activities of these multinationals can and do lead to, environmental catastrophes. Sometimes these can have impacts beyond national jurisdictions, e.g. the Deep Water Horizon disaster. In addition, some global companies behave in ways that have devastating global consequences, with the most high profile example of this being the casino antics of the financial and banking sector, but there are others of note, such as the telephone hacking scandal at the now defunct News of the Word newspaper (owned by .., yes another global corporation). All over the world, large companies are stripping the world of its natural resources, to fuel a society that is taking more of these resources than it is entitled to. Moreover, the western world is experiencing ... read full text on our sustainability pages.

What is Wrong with European Manufacturing?

What is wrong with European Manufacturing? Struggling to cope with increasing global competition, Europe’s manufacturing base is being slowly eroded away. But the problem is not a new one. As far back as the 1970s, UK manufacturing was probably the first to experience the effects of increasing global competition, and now, manufacturing industries in all the nations of the European Union are feeling the pressure. So what is the answer? This must surely be to invest in industry-driven research of course. This is the latest cry, the latest silver bullet. Add in some buzz words (and quite dated ones from the late 90s about value adding chains, and competition among these chains (as opposed to competition among single enterprise entities) and one has the solution to the problem of lack of competitiveness.

... read full text on our Competitive Manufacturing Enterprise pages.

Engineers—Fitness for Purpose in the 21st Century

Engineering is very important to society, given that most of that which we rely upon in the modern world results from engineering endeavour. But there is another side to engineering, which, on the whole, many engineers do not want to discuss. For, not only are engineers partly responsible for all those things that make life comfortable, but also all the bad things that are destroying our world. And yet many engineers are seemingly blind to this fact, and also unwilling to engage in the intellectual development that would move them forward. They are literally, trapped in the past. ... read the full text on our sustainability pages.

Web Site News

Cheshire Henbury’s web site is undergoing a major redesign with a new design and layout replacing the old. An extensive amount of new content will also be added. This is being done using an evolutionary, adaptive design approach which also integrates thinking and doing. This is contrast to the linear stage-wise thinking that is often deployed by engineers and technologists. The reason for using this adaptive method is two fold: (i) the adaptive approach is an exemplar of a post-industrial era approach to design and development (unlike the linear stage-wise method which is firmly rooted in the past industrial age); and (ii), the exercise is a development process which is itself part of an experiment, part of a learning process, and part of a knowledge development and transfer activity, which is driven by both innovation and a requirement to be responsiveness to changing circumstances. And it is really exciting not knowing fully in advance where one is going and where one might end up.

So far we have decided upon a new design layout, and eventually (after much reflection) arrived at a structure for the content that provides the capability to adapt to new opportunities and requirements. The first priority now is to translate existing content into the new layout design. Then, once this is done, we will begin to expand new content in accordance with strategic priorities. Some sub-home pages have yet to find a home in the navigation structure. These are listed here for the moment:

Agile Enterprise

Competitive Manufacturing Enterprise

User Centric ICT

This is the Journey ...

Strategy Tool Box

Publications

Agile Manufacturing: Forging New Frontiers

Web site additions: 4 July 2013 - Factory of the Future Impact Report, March 2013; 7 July 2013 - Link to Paul's blog; 12 July 2013: Vision Book Page Design Updated; 14 July 2013: This is the journey ...; 18 July 2013: Encounter with a Wise Man Home Page published; 25 July 2013: European Visions for the Knowledge Age available to read online for free;12 August 2013: A Tale of Two Deserts Home Page published;13 August 2013: Twitter profile launched; 25 September 2013: Paperback and Kindle versions of Encounter with a Wise Man available; 14 October 2013: Encounter with a Wise Man available to read online for free; 15 October 2013: A Tale of Two Deserts available to read online for free;22 November 2013: eBook version of Encounter with a Wise Man now available; 25 November 2013: eBook version of A Tale of Two Deserts now available; 25 November: Moments in Time Home Page published; 14 February: New main navigation menu implemented; 14 February: Enigma Home Page published; 14 February: report by Paul T Kidd on the ICT-ART CONNECT roundtable meeting in the European Parliament.

Reflections on our world: how would you characterise European Culture?

As a regular feature of this web site, we intend to offer some issues to reflect upon. Here is the first:

How would you characterise European culture – like a shining light, or a plague of locusts stripping the world of all its resources in the pursuit of money and material possessions, or both? What sort of culture do we want—the former or the latter? If we want the former, are we letting the latter dominate?

And in reflecting on these matters be aware that there is more to these questions than is obvious, for here you will also find within your response, what is often at the core of the world's problems (more on this to follow in due course on Paul's blog ...).

Some of Paul T Kidd's Books

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