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Models are virtual tools/machines/channels. Models make change more easy as they deliver the roads for new directions. Models is using a word processor instead of writing one yourself. Models amplify change. Models multiply effects. Models channel effort, giving faster, more and better outcome. If we know we need a new energy system and we have the courage/leadership to do that we still in the woods: where to start (policy) and how to succeed (models)? Models is about don't wasting resources/energy/time by transition efforts. If you want to go to New York NY, going to Key West FL is a waste of resources/energy/time. Models delivers the shortest 'roads' to 'destinations'. Models also delivers 'roads' into these new destination. No need to develop one yourself: there is already one developed (and it's open to use, to change based on your own experience, knowledge and situation). This being open is very important ('roads' not 'rail roads'): tomorrow will add new experiences and new knowledge to the models and the models will face new situations. Models delivers roads where otherwise everyone would be working themselves through the swaps to arrive at new directions. Models are the attached steering wheel on situations. What are model exactly? Models can the best described by examples: Propose: You're mayor of a city and you want to give your city own energy generation instead of 'imported' energy dependency, as you think that is better for the future of your inhabitants and companies. The City Council agrees with you and now you must start. You know only the heading, you don't know the roads, nor the tools, nor the 'weather conditions'. The only thing you know is that you want to get there as soon as possible with the less costs and by the highest quality. You can't depend on your staff. If they we're brilliant they should have worked in companies. City clerks are not well-known for their creativity, nor invention capacities, nor their appetite for change, nor their appetite for doing things. They are (and that's good) regulators and controllers. Leave them that way: you need them that way. What you need is models. Models for everything that must be changed. Models that give you a comprehensive plan for everything you need. Models that you can give to your city clerks. Models they can 'localize' (adjust to the local situation) and implement. For example: the public street lighting bill is getting to high: just take the public street lighting model and you have a general plan that you could change to local needs/demand/wishes. Are models communistic? No. Models are capitalistic. They just help to realize things faster/easier/smarter/cheaper/better. They deliver severe cost/time reductions. How? By the use of smart brains and proven results/failures all around the world. Open models are a blessing for everyone that wants to change anything and by this has to go into new/unknown territories. Models give the whole picture comprehensively, give per facet the variables and user experiences, covers everything (from initiation, via design, via finance, via realization till maintenance). Models make change easy. Models channels energy/time/resources to maximal efforts and fastest reach of goals. Models needs to be Open. Energy is Models is a very valid statement.

Author: Gijs Graafland

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