Webconference with Italy

STIR Academy facilitates the interconnection of pioneers in Europe to share inspiration and develop local implementation. The Academy sets up interactive sessions using webinars, videoconference or skype. This avoids travel and makes interaction effective.

PLEF is an Italian foundation working on sustainable progress. We met in ItaliĆ« the first time when both presidents were invited to participate in Ervin Laszlo’s attempt to create the Giordano Bruno University. The University did not get off the ground but relationships kept in contact to see if things would match.

PLEF became the STIR HUB in Italy.

This was the second encounter looking into air quality on cities. STIR Academy invited AiREAS and the ministery of health from Holland. PLEF invited ISTECH, a foundation dedicated to designing equipment that cleans air from pollution.


The AiREAS working concept was discussed for application in Milano, Rome or other city. The interest was captured when Jean-Paul explained that government is not in the lead but asked to facilitate with infrastructure and support. It is all about activating the local citizens, value creation, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Dutch Ministry of Health presented the ISPEX, a small low cost add on device for i-Phone with which air quality can be measured through techniques used in astronomy. ISPEX is interested in doing a European measurement project in September and invited Italy to participate.

The Italian company ISTECH presented their air cleaning product called APA. It cleans 25 meters around the system and can be applied indoor and outdoor. During the discussion AiREAS proposed to see if the APA could interact with the ILM measurement network in Holland.

Nicolette is working with EU SMARTCITIES and proposed to Brussels to create multidisciplinairy tables on Februari 11 th during the following encounter. Healthy city was proposed as theme using the Sustainocratic format as used by AiREAS. EU reacted positively. Waiting for confirmation. It would be a good way to roll out proven innovations fast.

Important steps were made. Thanks STIR Academy. Next time new relations with connect around the same or other topics.


Have a great, unpolluted day

This wish may be the understatement of the day. At AiREAS we work multidisciplinairy for a healthy world and try to give every new day back a little healthier than we received it. But it seems a David’s battle against many Goliaths


Hong Kong announces extreem pollution today


Southern England last year. Not much better now!


Shanghai today, oh boy!


Eindhoven woke up with clear sky and a wish to keep it that way


Italy and Holland exchange air quality intentions


While a cartoonist explains the probable cause of all troubles

AiREAS is described in this publication

End 2012 the paper on human evolution and the experiences with Sustainocracy in AiREAS was accepted by EuroSPES and the University of Budapest for publication in this book released worldwide today.


ISBN 978-3-319-11676-1

The work contains 18+ papers of intellect from all over the world that had gathered for an encounter in Hungary, reported through the blog of Jean-Paul Close https://marktleiderschap.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/spirituality-and-sustainability/

This publication is a first international appreciation of the Sustainocratic approach, considered by the author as part of a global evolutionary process that affects humankind. The other papers give a large, highly professional and intellectual diversity of insights around this extreemly important topic.

I can highly recommend the book.

Extreem air pollution through Fireworks

Since end 2013 the AiREAS cooperative in Eindhoven could use its self designed network of Airboxen to start interpretation of real time, calibrated, fine mazed data, modulated to give a view of air pollution and its possible causes. The objective of AiREAS is to multidisciplinairy co-create a healthy city. Measurement and interpretation of data is not a goal but a means to stimulate innovation for sustainable human progress.

AiREAS is not a seperate institution but a cocreation platform with local citizens, local government, scientists and business development working together. AiREAS has no resources of its own (no money, buildings, personnel) and creates values that can be expanded worldwide. An AiREAS can be started anywhere where local key players are willing to commit to the higher purpose and work together.

Ultra Fine Dust newyears even
AIREAS partner Scapeler started already on 11:40 am twittering the situation in town from our open data platform. 


11:30 normal situation

Then every hour a new status was pictured and made public. In Holland a new rule only allowed firing Fireworks from 18:00 onwards.



The enthousiastic population did not waste time and started spot on the allowed time. The evening was clear, no wind and with high humidity levels (99%) which had caused some alarming warnings about possible smog forming.

At midnight the peak occurred:



Scapeler was concentrating on the levels of PM 1, 2.5 and 10. I was curiose about the development of the most dangerous pollution of all: Ultra Fine Particals (UFP). Due to the special techniques to measure such extreme small particles we could only afford to install 5 specialized addons. They count the particles up to a maximum of 250.000 per cm3.


In the image we see that after 18:00 the average ultra fin dust level multiplied rapidly by 5 (from average 20K particles per cm3 to 100K) maintaining the level for a staggering 9 continuous hours. During midnight the peak went up for 2 hours to ABOVE our measurable limits of 250K. The participants on the streets were exposed but also people who witness the show and all people at home with their illnesses and complaints.

Another image shows the enormous scale level of pollution during that particular night. Considering that there is no bottom limit, except the absence of pollution, any level is unacceptable. Imaging the new year peak, with no other purpose than fun for some and political economic interests, shows such a huge contrast that the “normal” pollution nearly looks negligable.

The problem is also that this pollution concentrates in the areas of residence where exposure is continuous, also when asleep, making people even more vulnerable than normal. The highest and longest peak of UFP was in the middle of a densely populated city quarter.

A final pictures shows all polluting sizes. If you want to compair please note the scales against which the peak is plotted.

Together with our partner STIR Academy with the City of Tomorrow (STIR Foundation) we start a set of encounters to put the sustainable viability of our traditions and how we can use innovative processes to either enhance them or change them with awareness and knowledge?

During the next AiREAS partner meeting we will agenda the issue and try to come to a combined initiative between policy and citizen’s involvement around change.