Foundation

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Introduction

Inspired by the works of Isaac Asimov in his Foundation Series and Neil Stephenson's Anathem, the Foundation (also called the Earth Resilience Foundation, or ERF [a working title]), is to be a community and repository for human knowledge and skills designed to be sustainable and robust to the fragilities of the modern world. The assumption is that the accelerated increase in complexity of modern man-made systems (economic, political, social) are creating increased fragilities within those systems, as well as the ecological system that contains them. These systems are destined to collapse, as has been seen throughout all human and biological history and it is likely to be sooner than later given the accelerating pace and the system's dependence on an accelerating pace (as a result of compounding interest on debt economics).

Foundation believes the pace and momentum of these modern forces can not be overcome and that the wisest application of attention and energy is in creating seeds of knowledge which are robust to this collapse and can assert themselves locally following a collapse in order to recreate a new modern world which avoids these fatal flaws and aligns itself with the principles of SolSeed.

The core principles of Foundation apply to both life and knowledge, though may apply differently in context:

  • Preservation
  • Organization
  • Dissemination

Preservation

The first goal of Foundation is to help humans (individuals and communities) and knowledge, survive an eventual collapse of human civilization.

Individuals and Communities

Emergency Training

Individual survival falls into the realm of general disaster prepping and emergency training, which is well covered by the internet and many local groups. Shawn, being a resident of Portland, OR, has begun NET training which is the the local version of the federal CERT program. Here are some useful resources from that training which would likely apply to other localities.

  • PREP Oregon - Planning for Resilience & Emergency Preparedness
  • NET Level 1 Training Videos - 15 videos (~ 2 hours) on disaster preparedness, somewhat specific to Portland/PNW
  • Basic NET Kit - The recommended kit for the NET program, more for active volunteer emergency community members, the PrepareSmart site has plenty of other preparation resources as well

Additional links to useful resources should should be added here over time.

Amateur Radio

Until a physical location can be secured and developed, the most important aspect of maintaining group cohesion is to create a robust communication network and protocol. Amateur radio training and capability is one of the first valued skills beyond basic survival. If something should happen, checking in with the group and coordinating the next steps should be the next logical step.

To start, getting a basic amateur band radio is invaluable for collecting information, but learning to broadcast is not allowed by the FCC until you complete basic training and are certified by the ARRL and receive an FCC call sign.

Shawn's Setup
  • License - Technician
  • Callsign - KI7QXO
  • Radio - BTECH UV-5X3 5 Watt Tri-Band Radio: 130-179.99mhz (VHF), 220-225.99mhz (1.25M), 400-520.99mhz (UHF) (Amazon Link)

Knowledge

First step here to begin hoarding and robustly storing knowledge in digital and physical form. A Foundation server and hard drives are the first step, though recommended reading is The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm (Amazon Link)

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