• Global Systems Mapping

    by  • June 20, 2008 • The Global Picture • 1 Comment

    Global System Map 4-1

    Shows roughly how the infrastructure works in a modern society. It’s the “general case” – to really get the detail down requires configuring the diagram for a specific place and time, but I think the rapid overview picture is still extremely useful.

    A work in progress.

    Five things on the chart.

    1> Six Ways To Die (the target in the center.) Each ring is 10x the mortality rate, from 1/10000 to 1/10

    2> Status dot showing current mortality for the population at hand.

    3> Various things which impact the mortality – things like the water supply, the power grid, the food transportation grid, farms, and so on.

    4> Range of those things from the individual level – individual, household, town, regional, national. Helps show what can break if networks are disrupted.

    5> Simplified infrastructure interdependencies.

    Observations: it’s astonishingly complicated, much more so that I’d thought it would be, and this is just a rough draft.

    It’ll also show, very nicely, why the hexayurt infrastructure system is a very good idea, because that version of the graph has *almost no dependencies* on the various grids. And this makes it very, very clear.


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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    One Response to Global Systems Mapping

    1. Asoka
      June 24, 2008 at 7:14 am

      Very nice! Reminds me a bit of Ken Wilber’s AQAL Matrix, though his is tracking value memes.


      I am very impressed by your hexayurt work.


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