This is were I often find extreme resistance to what is truly needed in the industry and in our communities, and that is a robust and locationally specific PROCESS to identify what will work.
The best and most innovative tech can be applied badly and will be costly if the application and use is not developed from the spirit, capacity, and capabilities of the community.
We need to use tech to address the systemic opportunities, and we cannot do that unless we understand those opportunities. It will not be enough to provide cooling stations, for example, if that, in turn, raises energy costs increases carbon emissions and refrigerant leakage, and creates additional societal inequity. But if we are able to identify nodes in the community where people naturally gather, we could then provide nature-supported cooler locales that can activate the community, reduce energy use, create resilience through relationships, and reconnect people to Nature.
What guidance and process-mapping can we create to help identify the power of the place, to inform the solution-based steps in supporting that power of place? If this is done then the costs will come down, and where they don’t come down enough there will be intimate connection with the foundational needs of that community, ensuring the work will be done in some way over time. (multi-solving)