BROCADE

Building Resilient Opportunities in Culturally Aware Diverse Environments

Providing a framework to help reduce pressures for migration, radicalization and marginalization caused by the threat of job loss.

About BROCADE

BROCADE promotes capable communities that are productive, resilient to emerging challenges, and sustainable by local resources. It uses community-based, collaborative ("sharing”) economic approaches and leverages emerging technologies and other tools that so far have benefitted mainly the privileged. Governance and institution-building are keys, as is under-standing what dignity, justice and fairness mean in whatever culture is at the center of a particular project.

In Raymond Wilson’s words the goal is to: “make hope possible, rather than despair convincing.”

 

The Problem

A million migrants virtually overwhelmed European political systems in 2015, and there will be many times that many people under 35 in youth bulge areas by 2030.  Much has been written about the security threats posed by the twin problems of migration and job loss today, and the even more dangerous ones we are likely to face in the not-so-distant future. Instead of focusing on the threat of job loss this project examines opportunities through community-based, collaborative economies that build on innovative technologies and other. Similar crises exist in the developed world with underserved populations in rural, rustbelt or inner city communities.
 

Approach

The BROCADE framework integrates innovative technologes or “platforms” with scalable economic models, adapted to local settings. It is a bottom-up approach, based on local engagement and leadership.  The framework uses a four-step, bottom-up process:

  1. Identify regional problems that could benefit from BROCADE approaches, and potential pilots
  2. Solicit possible solutions from multiple viewpoints that leverage BROCADE platforms
  3. Modify proposals for local conditions
  4. Integrate platforms to address local conditions
  5. Adjust as needed

BROCADE Technologies and Platform

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Agriculture/Food

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Clean Water

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Health

 

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Local Production/3-D Printing

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 Energy and Lighting

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Finance (mobile money, M-Pesa, micro-loans)

 

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Information Communication Technology ICT

 

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Governance and Security (blockchains)

 

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Heating and Cooling

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Low Cost Shelters

Looking to the Future

This complex set of problems can’t be done via standard three-year “pilots,” followed by four-year “prototypes,” etc.  By then today’s eight-year olds in the regions will be fifteen. The approach needs to demonstrate success rapidly, and scale quickly.  The “sharing” economy offers possible models.   These new capabilities also need to promote the security that is essential for development and institution-building. In any case, BROCADE projects need to be designed and overseen (and ideally executed) by local stakeholders.  Rules for governance/transparency will be very important.


Learn More

For more information please contact Lin Wells, linwells@gmail.com, 202.436.6354 or Dr. Michael Hieb, mhieb@gmu.edu, 703-993-3990.