Carfree city as challenge for a 24 hour hackathon in Eindhoven

A hackathon is a venture in which anyone with creative interests can hack the city by using data and tools to come up with the most outrageous or useful innovative prototypes. The challenge formulated by AiREAS (Healthy city, air quality and city dynamics) is about future mobility: http://hackeindhoven.nl/future-mobility/

The car has been the  biggest mistake in cities for many reasons. The only reason why we use the car is a perception of ease and comfort. Beyond the city the car has provides us individually with a sense of freedom and extended reach. Nowadays, with current levels of traffic jams, this freedom is only an illusion yet in cities the discomforts have always been accumulating and only justified by economic lobbies at the expense of environmental and health welbeing.

What is the alternative?

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Change!

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The influence of AiREAS on polluting behavior?

Four years in a row AiREAS has measured and communicated openly about the air pollution related to fireworks in Eindhoven during the newyear’s eve celebrations of the city’s citizens. Various sources comment about the influence that this seems to have on our behavior, the air pollution, the apparent reduction of the intensity of fireworks and the related pollution patterns. This would surely be positive and a reassurance of the effort we put in this as a healthy city multidisciplinary cooperative in which many participate to improve the environmental quality within our living space.

This year’s air pollution can be observed through the timelaps created by our partner Scapeler on YouTube and reduced to GIFs for easy and fast observation.

Ultrafinedust: AiREAS in Eindhoven is probably the only place in the world where pollution is measured in near real time at the level of nano-particles. One of the four installed UFP systems was defect (shows hardly any motion in the video). The other three were functioning properly. In the city center UFP peaks were measured of up to 245.000 parts per cm3! In the suburbs the peaks were as high as 100.000 parts per cm3. For reference we use levels below 6000 parts per cm3 as “good”, even though the knowledge of ultrafine particles in relation to human health is still very limited. UFP is suspected to be a major health hazard, much bigger still than the larger pollutants such as PM 2.5 and 10.

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Ultrafinedust peaks measured in Eindhoven during Newyear’s Eve

Finedust: On about 30 locations throughout town we measure finedust (PM1, 2.5 and 10) in near real time (every 10 minutes). The timelaps shows a much slower start of the firework activities than other yeaes and a rapid elimination of the peaks. The weather was foggy with little wind. One would expect a longer delay for the reduction but the elimination of pollution registered was relatively fast compared to other years.

We notice a gradual change in behavior. Just compare the timelaps of this year and two years ago.

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2016 – 2017

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2014 – 2015

Eindhoven switches to 100% Electric public transport

Today the public transport system of Eindhoven switched its 43 bussen entire to electric! With this Eindhoven becomes the first European city to do this 100%. 

The Hermes bus company had to restructure its functioning and train its 550 chauffers. Driving electric requires totally new routines. Bussen can drive 3 hours between charging but a watch out is needed to assure that drivers don’t start their routes with improperly charged vehicles and return in time before running out of energy.
At AiREAS we hope to detect improvements in air quality and noises levels in town. Different theories go around about electric vehicles and pollution. What exactly the reality will show remains a question mark but with a fine maze measurement network in place we sure hope to be able to get some new insights over time that contribute to our healthy city objectives.

The healthcare continuum revised

Interesting learning project to see how we can influence the healthcare chain proactively

Sustainocracy, the new democracy

My STIR research foundation, together  with AiREAS (air quality and healthy city) and the University of Technology of Eindhoven, apply participative learning on a group of 25 international students. We are looking for ways to use technology and care within the challenges of Sustainocracy. We introduce a whole new way of thinking that can eventually transform the entire healthcare chain.

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In the picture above on the “continuum of care” we see the entire healthcare chain and how it develops itself from prevention via early discovery of a health problem, all the way up to the last phases of one’s life.

But we miss something….

When we review our current society we notice that in terms of prevention there is little we can do since our political and economic structure, together with the lifestyle that belong to it, contributes to our health reduction. In AiREAS we look at our exposure to…

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Global Health Deal

On Juli 22nd the Brabant Health Deal was signed at government level covering a territory of 2.5 million citizens. It is a significant evolutionary step in regional development, experimentally initiated by AiREAS (multidisciplinary healthy city cooperative) in 2011, making core human values lead the innovative discours rather than economic growth. After five years of cocreation sufficient proof of concept was provided to gain the trust of political-economic governance that investment in quality of life delivers local wellness, productivity, bureaucratic savings and a new innovative impulse for economic growth. Economic growth is hence a positive consequence when it is not the primary goal.

This deal is our own motivation to invite the rest of the world to participate in a Global Health Deal.

Health is a core leadership responsibility
Health is an abstract given that only seems to concern us when it is absent. Nevertheless, when we observe nature we find that the evolution of lifeforms is based on health. Everything that is not healthy eventually disappears to be replaced by something else that is healthy again. The human being has difficulties in dealing with abstractions that belong to our core evolutionary responsibilities. As a self-aware species we tend to use our wit and creativity primarily for self fulfillment in a competitive world. This was OK as long as our surrounding nature and corresponding lifeforms were big enough to cope with the collateral damage caused by the destructive human species. Now, with a consumer, capitalist lifestyle and 7 billion members of our species we have reached a point of mass destruction of life on Earth, including our own. Our competitive nature of greed reverts against ourselves through pollution, shortages, climate change, disasters and diseases. The system that produced our wealth is now producing our pains. Awareness driven change has become a choice, continue with the destruction or contribute to sustainable evolution. The key word becomes this abstract natural core value referred to as Health.

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We are confronted for the first time with our individual and collective leadership choice. Continue with mass extinction up to eliminating ourselves? Or use our wit and creativity for health driven evolutionary progress as a species.

STIR Foundation and AiREAS
In 2009 the STIR Foundation announced its research commitment to establish a society based on the core natural values for stable and progressive human communities: Health, safety, cocreative local resilience, awareness and the basic daily needs (food, water, air). Sustainocracy became an experimental operational fact in which the core values lead and the 4 pillars of society (local government, science, innovative entrepreneurship, civilian social innovation) take responsibility together to establish priorities for project driven compliance through complex innovative change. In 2011 AiREAS was founded to cocreate healthy regions from air quality perspective using the sustainocratic framework. This short film shows the impact of such multidisciplinary cocreation in which regional health (mental, physical, environmental) is the driver and economic growth a consequence.

Brabant Health Deal
With the experimental efforts in STIR and AiREAS a new societal movement became our new reality in response to the known global and local issues and threats of pollution, lifestyle, shortages, global warming, etc. In 2015 it received the European Innovation Award and was accredited peer 4 awareness driven regional development. On Juli 22 2016 this resulted in the political-economic signing of the Brabant Health Deal at provincial governance level in Holland. For the first time the regional government executives of 5 mayor local cities and a province with 2.5 million civilians committed to making “health” leading in their policy discussions and decision making for territorial development. In this short film (mainly in Dutch) the stakeholders reconfirm their commitment with AiREAS in the core of their statement. AiREAS had started as a civilian invitation to cocreate healthy cities and regions for our own civilian benefit, together with our institutional authorities and expertise. It had grown into an association of leadership in a human executive world of transition towards sustainable human, ecological and economic resilience.

The Global Health Deal
The Euro-commissionar in the film hopes that this Health Deal becomes a source of inspiration for all regions in the world. We don’t only second this motion as AiREAS pioneers with a global commitment. We also make our expertise available for all the regions that want to start their own local Health Deal with multidisciplinary commitment.

Download here our GlobalHealthDeal proposition, the same way as we helped provide the fundament for the Brabant Health Deal. We continu with our permanent innovation platform around our health driven dynamic clustering of a great diversity of expert partners in complex regional development.

Jean-Paul Close
Founder of STIR
Co-Founder of AiREAS
Sustainocrat

Newest medical research techniques used during Marathon Eindhoven

It takes a bit of improvisation to transform a cold corner of the Tradehall of Eindhoven into a temporary medical research center but our teamspirit in AiREAS gets it done.

The improvised medical research center

The improvised medical research center

The objective of AiREAS is to cocreate a healthy city with healthy people using health and air pollution as guiding principles. Air pollution is measured in real time already in 35 spots throughout town. But health is a challenge on its own. The Marathon unites 23.000 sporters and 130.000 people to support everyone who runs. It is an ideal research platform to look at both the health parameters of the runners as their family members. A call was made through the channels of Marathon organizer Golazo and our own for a none invase research program before and during the event.

Leading AiREAS affiliated researchers are Dr. Eric de Groot (heart and arteries) and Prof. Pierre Cluitmans (stress and heart rate variability).

Eric and Pierre, the two specialised scientific researchers who put together the program

Eric and Pierre, the two specialised scientific researchers who put together the program

In addition research is done on the persuasive attention of such program generates and its awareness or innovation effect on the people in general.

The flexibility of the neck artery is being measured first

The flexibility of the neck artery is being measured first, together with an extraordinary view over the Eindhoven central busstation 

Then heart rate variability is measured together with blood pressure and respiration

Then heart rate variability is measured together with blood pressure and respiration

Then heart rate variability is measured

Finally 4 pressure points are applied to register blood stream, pressure and variability with various other unique insights. 

Runners are asked to stay at rest for 20 minutes. Tomorrow we will test them while the run the Marathon

Runners are asked to stay at rest for 20 minutes. Tomorrow we will test them while the run the Marathon

University students participate

University students participate

After this information collection exercize the challenging task starts to interprete the various data records and try to make both sense and get to new insights that can be communicated for the social or technological innovation patterns.

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