Category Archives: society

Space settlements and education

One of the most important things to considering when we are going to establish orbital space settlements is how to organize education in a new society. As stated earlier on this site we believe that education has two functions:

  1. Civic – prepare young people for active citizenship in a democratic society
  2. Economic – developing relevant and useful skills to earn one’s living

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Slavery and modern management

The following article in the New York Times, American Capitalism Is Brutal, You Can Trace That To The Plantation, describes in an excellent manner how modern management systems have their roots in slavery and plantation economy. A short summary: an efficient plantation required an elaborate bookkeeping to keep track of each slave’s productivity. Hence a multilayered system of supervision of labor was necessitated. Continue reading Slavery and modern management

Garden cities

Casey Schreiber explains in the video below the Garden City concept as envisioned by Ebenezer Howard.

Here is an interesting read by Jean-Yves Tizot on the political theory behind the garden city movement.

We will discuss the topic of garden cities in more detail in a future posts, in relation to, of course, space habitats (O’Neill cylinders in particular), permaculture and land ownership.

Public bicycle system

As distances within a space habitat will be rather small, only a couple of kilometers in most designs , bicycles will be an excellent mode of transportation for space settlers. Promoting cycling will also have environmental and public health benefits. Continue reading Public bicycle system

Recycled water

In orbital space settlements water recycling is essential. So it is quite worrisome when we read the following article on ScienceDaily:

Get over it? When it comes to recycled water, consumers won’t

To cite from this article (my emphasis):

If people are educated on recycled water, they may come to agree it’s perfectly safe and tastes as good — or better — than their drinking water. They may even agree it’s an answer to the critical water imbalance in California. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to use recycled water — and it sure doesn’t mean they’ll drink it.

The problem is that educated people are disgusted to use a perfectly safe product that is necessary for staying alive. Perhaps people should not think too much about the origin of their tap water – if education is apparently not sufficient in this case.