One of the ideas which sprang from our discussions around the future of waste was that of “System Upcycling”.
System Upcyclers look at how existing infrastructures and technologies can be put to better use, they look to take the elements of our “legacy systems” which are broken, wasteful or social destructive and buy them up with the intention of putting them to use, serving society in a more constructive manner.
System Upcyclers use crowdfunding models to raise the required funds to buy up businesses for these purposes. Publicly Traded companies, will be bought up by the crowd and where socially detrimental they will be adapted to create social value.
What would happen if we start purchasing company shares under a preagreed aim, for example buying up weapons companies to apply their technologies and knowledge for Humane causes (crowdfunding, meets flash mobbing, meets swords into ploughshares)?
When the dot com bubble burst it left behind an infrastructure that changed the world, what other bubbles should we pop?
Think this sounds far fetched? We don’t have long to find out, if it’s plausible.
Image taken from www.buythissattelite.org