Working

José Andrés in Puerto Rico. Photo: World Central Kitchen

 

Arnold Toynbee (1889 – 1975). British historian and philosopher of history was the author of the multi-volume A Study of History.

He said that the 20th century was the biggest event in human history because the 20th century was when we started to take care of each other.

And, he also said: “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”

 

“The problem is not unemployment, it is employment.” – Henry Miller.

 

For World Working to work, it has to be done in stages. World Working will have to be modular.

Examples that demonstrate attributes reflecting the fact that, in these areas, the world can work.

 

• The Free Store, was created by the Diggers in the late 1960s, in San Francisco and other cities. Everything in the store was free. People brought in things and people took out things. “What goes around comes around.” World working in action!

• The World Central Kitchen of Chef Jose Andres that has been feeding people millions of meals in crisis areas, e.g., three million served in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, virtually without government assistance.

Food for the Soul uses discarded food in it’s refettorios as an opportunity for feeding the food deprived. Food for the Soul was founded by Chef Massimo Bottura, of Osteria Francescana, and his wife, Lara Gilmore. Three refettorios are now operating in Italy with others in London, Paris and Rio.

Chefs Andres and Bottura have demonstrated two models that could be combined and might provide examples of how to feed those in the world in need of food. With the right resources and support those models could be united, broadly distributed and scaled. Possibly, with that effort, we could feed all who need food across the globe in a few years.

• Water bottles you can eat, created and produced by Oooh.

• The ways in which the Netherlands deals with existing below sea level without flooding:

• The ways George McGraw and Dig Deep bring water to American Indian reservations. Dig deep is a model for how to bring water to the world. Again, if that model could be broadly distributed, we might be on our way, within a few years, of bringing water to the world.

• The Billion Oyster Project to restore oyster reefs to the waters surrounding New York City. Oysters have a remarkable ability to filter nitrogen pollution from water as they eat. Restoring oysters and reefs will, over time, restore the local marine ecosystem’s natural mechanisms for maintaining itself, resulting in cleaner water, protection from storms and flooding, and greater biodiversity.

• The tree plantings accomplished by Plant-for-the-Planet and Felix Finkbeiner, along with the United Nations Billion Tree campaign: more than 15 billion trees planted so far, in over 130 countries, worldwide.