IIER's projects work in three dimension: 1) scientific research and outreach, 2) today and tomorrow, and 3) focused on quantitative realites and behavioral "soft" aspects.
IIER sees its role in a place surprisingly few organizations are active: in the documentation of economic systems and in guiding humanity towards a safe transition to a future that is unavoidably different from the past. Ultimately, we are trying to scientifically explain the gut feeling of significant majorities in almost all advanced economies who say that their children will be economically worse off. Additionally, we want to provide the necessary guidance to ensure that this unavoidable reality doesn't need to turn into a downward trend in happiness and life satisfaction.
This leads us to three groups of projects
- Scintific and modelling: provide the science that enables us to rationally understand and plan a future that will - as always before the year 1750, eventually be based on renewable resources;
- Outreach: establish a large enough group of people around the world who know and understand the dynamics at work are beginning to accept the consequences and design a good and positive future;
- Transitional dynamics: work on the necessary transitional aspects of arraving in that future safely, mostly related to societal stability and the avoidance of destructive conflicts.
Please find below more details of our various projects. All of them create open-source outcomes that are available to anyone free of charge and funded by donations and grants.
Research and Modelling Projects
Our scientific projects focus on demonstrating the dynamics of a resource-constrained future and on providing tools that help create the best possible outcome.
Human Society Model - A tool, developed in collaboration with Imperial College, helping to plan future economies based on resource and energy conversions, including agent-based modeling of human wellbeing.
Net Energy Calculator - This project, created in collaboration with Imperial College and Stanford University establishes standards around the calculation of energy returns, and aims at helping decision-makers to identify energy pathways that offer the best net energy returns (EROI) for present and future technolgies. Equally, it includes a tool to model electricity grids and transportation outputs. The project is currently being implemented, a demonstration is available here.
TECS (True Energy and Carbon Statistics) - a project at highlighting the true energy use and carbon emissions of economies including embedded energy and CO2 in imported goods.
These projects are meant as a means to enable societies to safely migrate towards a more constrained future.
energy&stuff - The first and most important initiative is our energy&stuff website, which we aim at expanding toward becoming a portal for everyone who wants to understand the dynamics of the future, learn about its implications and the fact that "less" in economic output doesn't necessarily mean a reduced quality of life.
Policy Outreach - IIER is consistently talking to policymakers and institutions, with the objective of disseminating the message that our future will look distinctly different from the past. With that, we hope to prepare our leaders for the moment of recognizing the patterns we are already seeing, and to react appropriately.
Transition Facilitation Projects
These projects have the objective to help societies stay intact and are often established in collaboration with other organizations. Our core interest is to maintain or improve societal dialogue and preserve democratic systems in advanced economies, hoping that this will enable us to have a constructive dialogue about the futu when the gut feeling of most people - that growth is over - is becoming apparent and discussed openly. Our most important project here is verimedia - a project aimed at improving the availablilty and quality of information to a majority of people in the Internet age.
What you can do?
Please start thinknig about your own environement and life and join us in moving towards a better future.