May 5, 2016
Thanks for submitting this proposal. As you acknowledge it is an early proposal. I think this proposal could be interesting; but I am having trouble fully understanding it.
May 13, 2016
I do apologize for the fragmented nature of the early draft. I'm the type of author which does the work out in the open as opposed to polishing the work off line. In some ways I'm doing this open development work of the proposal to possibly attract comments on the contents and proposal developemnt...such as you have kindly provided.
The subjects of most Colab challenges are so broad that condensing a synergistic STEM-socio-economic-policy focus as well as a means to effectively communicate that focus and on so many levels is not undemanding. In short, during the development stage I typically throw certain aspects of what I wish to communicate against the wall and see what sticks.
Thank you for interest in the draft and the link. Yes, we are already seeing climate migration yet the political actors are using language which avoids the larger implications of having a high proportion of humans living in coastal zones. The Stern Report clearly states that is far more logical to spend, what is truly vast sums of wealth, on mitigation and adaptation as opposed to putting of the work until the point of no return.
It is my position that finding highly synergistic ways to attract the needed investments, of trillions$, is our greatest challenge. The STEM is available for both mitigation and adaptation yet the investment community needs to be able to feel that their investments are as productive as non-"green" investments. That translates, in general, finding highly synergistic concepts which can show strong promise of >8% annual return on the investments.
The second challenge is reducing the vast amount of available information down to the bare bones so as to communicate clarity of vision which can attract the broadest potential shareholders. No investor wishes to be the only one to take on such a large investment risk (no one investor has the amount needed).
Please stay in touch and let me know your thoughts.