Synthesis Three is honored to be presenting a poster at the 2013 International Conference of Ecology and Transportation (ICOET 13) in June 23-27.


Project Objective: The development of social ecological infrastructure models through the application of 10 guiding principles:

1) A Social-Ecology Stewardship 2) The recognition of Matter Energy, Space, Time and Information (MESTI) as Global Resources 3) Connectivity 4) Interchangeability  5)  Multi-scale Transboundaries 6) Open Access to Knowledge 7) Reciprocity 8) Global Asset Building 9) Transparency 10) Synthesis.

Project Goals:

–          Develop interchangeable models  for  SE infrastructure projects at any scale and any ecosystem

–          Incorporate open source collaboration .

–          Contribute to the open access World Knowledge Center development

–          Explore development of a Social-Ecological pattern language

The presentation is an experiment to help define the concepts within the Synthesis framework.

Development of this project has helped us in working to bring the Synthesis vision further along to a functional concrete existence. The Synthesis intent is to contribute to the development of humanity and its destiny to blend with and enhance the planet.

Here is the link to the conference web page:


Time Machine Question: What three books?

There is a scene at the end of the 1962 movie version of the H. G. Wells book The Time Machine where it is determined by the time traveler’s friend that when he went back to the future he took three books with him.

The question he posed was “If you were going to rebuild future civilization, what three books would you take with you”? (Filby asks George’s housekeeper)

Let’s format the question a little differently:

To develop the open access World Knowledge Center (WKC), from your perspective or specialty, what three books, papers, plans or blueprints would you add to the WKC’s library for a sustainable civilization?

  • As a civilization building team member
  • Apply the Synthesis System 10 Fundamental Principles
  • Any scale, any ecosystem, anywhere on the planet




The Social Ecology of Infrastructure

What is the Social Ecology of Infrastructure?

The social ecology of infrastructure is a whole systems approach to the planning, design, construction and maintenance of societies’ development components, such as facilities, within an ecological footprint.

The system elements include resilience, cycles, adaptive capacity and management, conservation, efficiency and sufficiency.  With this approach, a benefit analysis would include the needs of the ecological as well as the social systems.  The equation is to find the balance through a blending of the social and the ecological systems within development projects.