"Us and them
And after all we're only ordinary men." - Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
The fact is, we ARE only ordinary men, and that turns out to be great, because after all we DON'T live on the Dark Side of the Moon. We live on a planet that spins, and Monty Python reminds us every time we sing their Galaxy song to
"Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power."
With all that sunshine, we can't imagine why anybody would get all worked up about energy resources, and why any of us would divide us into "us and them" and fight about things so abundant and easy to access.
So who are we?
We are Solar CITIES. We are You. We are he. And she. And them. As the Beatles sang:
"I am he as you are he as you are me
And we are all together"
We are a group of hackers, merry pranksters, citizen scientists, bricoleurs, tinkerers, and even a Ph.Do or two who believe that we can collectively achieve a true Heliopolis, a true City of the Sun, if we just "come together, right now... " and "get over "ME". And get over the "rule of Experts" thing. Again, from the Beatles, "Expert textpert choking smokers
Don't you think the joker laughs at you? (Ha ha ha! He he he! Ha ha ha!)"
That said, there are actual individuals behind the scenes at the Solar CITIES hackspace ... well, collections of microbes really, making up 90 per cent of the walking, talking, thinking "human beings" who act as scaffolding and spaceship for these individuated microbiomes. And these folks (or "collectives" if you like) are dedicated their "hive mind" to furthering the cause of bringing true Solar Cities to life -- literally. The crew behind Solarcities.eu believe that the most reliable and accessible form of solar energy available to human civilization is the storage medium we call "biogas". Better by far than batteries for many uses, biogas takes the solar energy stored in the chemical bonds of organic materials and makes it useful instantley or eternally for human beings everywhere.
The crew behind SolarCITIES.eu. believes that Solar Cities are only fully achievable by working in tandem with the most ancient life forms on this planet and creating the right conditions for them to transduce sunshine power into combustible methane molecules. Hence, Solar CITIES commitment to biogas innovation and practice first and foremost.
And who are the crew behind the consortia of microbes working to get the word out about the promise of a solar powered living nanotechnology solution to the world's problems?
You can meet us in the descriptions below. Meanwhile, we wouldn't be where we are if it weren't for the support of so many of you. Click here to see the evolving list of our patrons-supporters-donors-and-benefactors who have done so much to get Solar CITIES where we are today and are helping propel us into an even brighter tomorrow!