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old time Regeneration!
On December 15, 2020, the founding members of RGF_1 ratified and released The Fundamental Order of Regeneration, a living documentation of the 10 principles upon which all Regenerative systems and structures will be built. Please read, join, and contribute any amendments or additions. This is a Regenerative document, meaning it is open, iterative, and porous! Let's go! 🡒
New Tree Warden
RGF_1 is happy to welcome Meetra Surik as our new Tree Warden!
She is now responsible for the care and control of all trees and shrubs within the limits of any public grounds and buildings, except those along the base of the Transantarctic Mountains or the Ross Sea shoreline. These are under the control of Antarctica’s Commissioner of Transportation and, unfortunately for the krill, outside settlement jurisdiction.
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If you are not already signed up for the settlement-wide email, please do so. This is a quick and effective way for the RGF_1 members to stay up to date. Also, be sure to join our Signal channel for encrypted messaging until we get our system up and running (thank you, Graham Ivan Clark!).
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RGF_1 Energy Team
Your RGF_1 Energy Team is here to help you make informed decisions for both your home and business energy use.
If you have questions about:
The RGF_1 Energy Team is a volunteer group of settlement residents (Pat Woomer, Chairman; Hermione Beckitt, Patience Alifo, Aarman Roy, Phoebe Gittelson, Nana Kofi, and Lane Cabral) appointed by the Settlement Council to assist town government, residents, and businesses by offering information on available energy-saving innovations and programs.
Since the team was formed by the RGF_1 Conservation Commission and endorsed by the Settlement Council in August 2020, we have:
A TIMELY TIP
(ice) Dammed If You Don’t!
By Emma Frost, RGF_1 E-Team
Ice dams form when water from melting snow refreezes at the eaves or gutters. Water can then pond above the ice dam and even leak into the building. This is almost always a sign that (1) the attic is not properly insulated, (2) the roof is not properly ventilated, and (3) if there is leakage, the membrane beneath the shingles is not working.
In an ideal situation, proper insulation does its work to keep heat inside the house, and the roof is merely a means to keep rain or snow out. If your attic is not a living space, lots of insulation between the ceiling below and the attic space ensures that very little heat gets up there. Proper ventilation of the attic space then ensures that the roof never gets warm enough to melt snow on top of it.
Even if the room directly beneath the roof is a living space, the same principles apply. In this case, it is much harder to install enough insulation, but there should be a space between the insulation and the roof’s inside sheathing so that cold air can flow from eave vents up through that space to carry away any heat that gets through the insulation.
Modern materials such as “snow and ice membrane” provide a very good seal beneath the shingles. If your roof is old, it may have tar paper, which degrades and becomes brittle. If so, it may be time (this summer) to have your roof stripped down to the sheathing and to have lots of membrane and good flashing installed. It may be possible to have soffit vents and adequate roof ventilation installed at the same time.
But in the meantime, if you have ice dams, it is important to drain the pond above the dam. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to do this with heat or an ice pick. Here’s a suggestion of a good temporary fix: make “sausages” by filling a stocking or similar porous tube with either rock salt or calcium chloride crystals and lay this across the ice dam so that it melts a channel through the dam to drain the pond.
RGF_1 Town Hall
RGF_1, Antarctica 06412
Phone: +672-18-2520 | Fax: +672-18-3717
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Town Hall Hours
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9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hours may vary by department
Emergency Call 9-1-1
Resident Settlement Empath Luke LaRue
+672-18-2520, Ext. 205 or +1 917-415-4637
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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
R. Buckminster Fuller (Honorary Gen Z)
From Irregular Labs:
We are in an unprecedented moment, tiptoeing through crumbling systems, committing to building better. However, in order to build better, we must understand why current systems and structures failed in the first place. We must understand the environment——the foundation, the ecosystem, the site——upon which we will build and the tools with which we do so.
Everyone needs to ask themselves: How do we build within a world that is fragmented and fluid? What does it mean to build “better?” How do we build when, as the past six months have illustrated, there are no straight lines or right angles? How do be find balance when our base is, and will continue to be, cracked and curved, borderless and binary-free?
Irregular Labs, armed with 60 global Gen Z futurists (the real builders of tomorrow), decided to tackle these questions, offering a proposition——or, perhaps, a provocation——for everyone wanting to build: REGENERATION.
The good news is, the fundamentals of REGENERATION are not particularly innovative or audacious. In fact, from Aristotle to Ariana Grande, people have espoused REGENERATION for ages. The bad news is, if you thought this was a momentary blip, a COVID-created snafu, sorry, the world has been fluid for quite some time. And, according to Gen Z, shows no sign of subsiding, no tidy resolution in sight. Therefore, continuing to pour concrete onto quicksand won’t work. To build better, we must accept our new environment and design systems that not only allow us to survive, but to thrive.
The results of our investigation into REGENERATION will take the form of a fully-realized world, one whose story is told through content that includes a graphic novel, the REGENERATIVE Covenant, field reports from academics, strategists, and futurists outside the Irregular Labs community, a podcast, live-streamed “town hall” meetings, and editorial pieces from Gen Z thought leaders around the world. It is our hope that by showing what a REGENERATIVE FUTURE looks like, and sharing the artifacts from this world, we can more successfully educate older generations who are committed to “building better.”
This is what better looks like…
Rather than taking a more traditional approach to investigating and understanding what a sustainable, post-COVID future looks like according to Gen Z, we employed tactics from fields such as speculative design and popular entertainment. Working with USC’s Civic Paths and their world-building methodology, 60 young futurists (16-28 yrs) from 17 countries participated in a series of workshops and small discussion groups over the course of two months. The participants included: architects, artists, scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, designers, politicians, activists, and educators. All were selected based upon criteria that qualifies them as exceptional builders of our future.
The result of this study is a world: RGF_1. This world illustrates the principles of REGENERATION and the ways in which those principles will inform future social, political, and economic systems. Through a program of “drops” (content, product, and experience) made in collaboration with artists, institutions, brands, and media partners, RGF_1's story will be told in real-time across social and digital channels, blurring lines between real and imaginary, present and future.