What a long strange trip it's been.
~Jerry Garcia - Grateful Dead
Going from a "good idea" to creating the "reality" is far more difficult than I had ever imagined. The ability to keep going, to never give up, to never stand down is absolutely essential. No matter what the world hands out, sheer determination is the key.
Rather than deciding that the journey is too difficult or the road is too tough.... relentless pursuit of the goal is the one factor that "makes it real". Nothing less will do. The road to success is littered with the dreams of those who fail. Being committed to the dream, failure is not an option. Doing what it takes, taking care of the next task, continuing onward in the face of adversity.... these are the qualities that separate dreams from dedication. It's one thing to have the idea of a Circular Economy ~ it's quite another to create the tools and technology to make it happen.
They say when you see a problem, find a solution. Peter Diamandis says, impact the lives of a billion people in a positive way. The goal here is transforming the way we, as a species, get our food, clothing, shelter, energy and everyday products from the petro-chemical industries to carbon-negative technologies. We all know
what the problem is: spewing countless tons of CO2 and pollutants into our environment. Time to transition into what Michio Kaku calls a "Type 1 Civilization" - one that gets our energy from the sun and uses natural sources for our basic needs. Mining asteroids for precious metals might also make sense to a Type 1 Civilization.
Next year is bringing more changes. After two decades, the government is relaxing the strict rules and crazy regulations around industrial hemp. Federal money is being spent to encourage the sector.... new technology has emerged that positions cannabis as the most valuable input in a Circular Economy. Manufacturing a vast array of products while capturing CO2 at the same time is just so, logical.
The industrial impetus to do this is clear and straightforward: from the farm to the factory.