GLOBAL FUTURE ANALYSIS
CHANGES | INCREASED LOCALIZATION
Due the fact that globally approximately 50% of the energy consumption is used for transportation (road/air traffic of persons/products) is localization an attractive change with huge impact on energy/time use. Cutting energy costs dramatically without any lost of prosperity and improved welfare: start localization processes. Localization is one of the hidden pearls of economies: capable of improving/maintaining prosperity and improving welfare the same time. People can do the same they always did, but just doing it on a smaller footprint gives huge economic benefits. Localization is the main weapon in the battle against the effects of skyrocking energy costs. Simple realizable and available everywhere for everybody. Sell the car? No, keep him, but just don't use him anymore for making anti-prosperity/anti-welfare time/money demanding traffic congestion. Working in your hometown of living in your worktown. It's the smart way to survive higher energy prices. Employees can swift jobs easily, companies can't switch locations easily. Office work can be done in a distributed model very easily. The remote desktop technology (current) and XML information flow technology (future) give that instantly. Office work will more and more be done distributed and production/effect will be more and more the payment model. Logical and production work can not be done in a distributed model very easily, but as transport costs rises localization will become more and more attractive also for them. Schumacher is the economist who re-invent localization in modern times, who developed it's theories back in the '50ties in the UK. Schumacher will be re-published and read a lot the next years, because he analyzed and described local economies better than everyone.
Author: Gijs Graafland
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