Citizen’s science, governance and participation

On friday June 16th the national AiREAS (air quality) citizen’s science team gathered in Eindhoven again to:

  • determine the strengthening of the local city ILM measurement network in Eindhoven,
  • share experiences throughout the Netherlands
  • citizen’s science in Rotterdam

We talked about the quality of sensor workshops in Germany, the challenges of the ILM in Eindhoven to get to robustness with citizen’s science, the engagement of new partners and the transition of experimental initiatives towards well established platforms in which we can guarantee the integral quality. All insights have been worked out into the AiREAS plan 2017 for Eindhoven in such a way that we can safely expect to expand the networks without pioniering problems throughout the regions and support governance, business development and citizen’s participation. All directed at cocreation of regional quality of life.


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Dr. Swati’s why and our how on pollution and climate issues

The popular Dr. Swati TV show on health in India and partner of STIR, has released her first English message on world environment day. It is a powerful animated 7 minute call for action on pollution, explaining why:

STIR introduced the how already 6 years ago by inviting all stakeholders into a new level of accountability where we all take responsibility together for health. It is referred to as Sustainocracy, a level 4 awareness driven cocreation:

Such level 4 interaction is showing to be a mayor driving force for values driven innovation, new waves of labour development and a healing mechanism for the human species, our societies, our relationship with the environment and our economies.

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.

AiREAS India

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

India transforms

On February 10th ASSOCHAM India organized a Global Summit in Delhi around the subject Smart Cities, Smart India. Jean-Paul Close was invited to speak. He only accepted if the subject of level 4 regional Sustainocratic development was of interest to the Indian approach. The organization confirmed this and the voyage was made representing both STIR (city of tomorrow) and AiREAS (healthy cities with healthy people).

The summit was attended by about 250 individuals of different cities of India and several persons from abroad. 2 local ministers used the summit to make political announcement and visions. India is investing 50 billion USD in Smart City development addressing 100 local cities in a competition. Funds were already allocated to the first 20.


Jean-Paul Close addressed those present with the message that the contextual change from money driven city management to health driven innovation and cocreation would change everything in the region (housing, mobility, infrastructure, social cohesion, energy usage, productivity).


The audience of over 250 delegates from all over India


The air in New Delhi is supposed to be the most polluted in the world


The time to speak was too short to get into great detail so Jean-Paul decided to explain the dual complexity of the human being and the choice we all have. He himself made the choice for life (see below) and acts according with Sustainocratic multidisciplinary cocreation yet most of our economies only deal with dead things that we often find more important than the living. Time has come that we all need to make the transit to life at all levels of society. He invited the professionals present to take this step.

AiREAS India

This choice is driving India now towards life (sustainocracy) in which the entire country can become world leader in value driven innovation.

Level 4 city development

Participation society (level 4) Sustainocracy would give India interesting innovative chances

Chai Ling’s under the dome

Here you find a short intro of the impressive document of Chai Ling about the air polution in China and her own awareness breakthrough when she realized how vulnerable her new born daughter was in this situation. The document is a statement that calls for responsibility in the whole world, not just China.

Her awareness breakthrough is similar to the one experienced by the founder of the City of Tomorrow and AiREAS, single father Jean-Paul Close, who also came to the life mission to cocreate a society in which health and safety is carried as basic responsibility above politics and economics. He also became aware when having to deal with his responsibility for his two small children. With the image created by Chai Ling and the sustainocratic organization for “healthy cities” of Jean-Paul Close through AiREAS we can take responsibility all together, first as human beings, fathers and mothers, and secondly by using the professional authority and talents that we can bring in.

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

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.