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Due to limited space, WikiConference North America 2018 unfortunately could not accommodate this submission in its program this year.
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Relationship Building & Support
Academic Peer Review option
Type of submission
Alexander G. Frantzen
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Independent (Civic)

Mission of WikiCarbon: To support the reduction (to near zero) of greenhouse gas emissions.

The basis: In light of the fact that humanity currently has the knowledge to provide the basic needs of every human being on the planet in a sustainable and regenerative manner – it seems worth considering what is askew: "Knowledge for What?" This is a launching point for the reasoning (thesis) behind WikiCarbon, which goes as follows.

Given that:

[1] We have the scientific knowledge to accurately measure nearly all anthropogenic carbon combustion and carbon dioxide emissions; and

[2] We have the technology to record emission amounts – and allocate them to products and/or services (like we do using accounting software and general ledgers; using accrual, cost of goods sold, inventorying, etc. methodologies).

And given that:

[3] Knowing the embedded (embodied) emissions in the products and services we consume – would inform our consumption habits, it is assumed: for the better (i.e., lowering the consumption of carbon-intensive products/services); and would in fact inform companies (of our preferences), thus supporting "perfect" information, or in the least, mitigating information asymmetry.

It stands to reason that:

[4] If companies are not performing what can be termed “carbon accounting” (measuring and recording embedded emissions on a per product/service basis) – which is how we need to manage the “language” that consumers and producers need to accomplish [3] above;

Then we, the people, can:

[5] Due to [1] and [2] being true – by utilizing our (a) crowd-sourcing potential on Wikipedia (human hours), along with the (b) data hosting capacity of Wikipedia – we can reliably use our knowledge to perform carbon estimating that is fairly accurate.

Until the point when:

[6] Companies take up [4] and join us collaboratively in managing and speaking our shared "language" (via carbon accounting).

Completing the steps above would help us engage and make available: Knowledge that is useful to living well.

So I reiterate: Knowledge for What?

The following presentation (draft) will be utilized to communicate the above proposed crowd-sourcing and hosting plan for carbon estimating:Media:

Length of presentation
20 minute presentation; 10 minutes Q&A from audience.
Special requests
Technology requirements include a large screen for the presentation; and possibly electronic distribution of material to audience based on registration to the conference?
Preferred room size
Room size preference 25-50.
Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?
In part; was invited to presented at the Sixth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, June 27-28, 2014 in Iceland. Have presented and participated in collaborate with with City Atlas related to communicating climate change mitigation in NYC since 2016; including presenting to the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. As such, the present is very familiar with content in the WikiCarbon presentation.
If you will be incorporating a slidedeck during your presentation, do you agree to upload it to Commons before your session, with a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license, including suitable attribution in the slidedeck for any images used?
Will you attend WikiConference North America if your submission is not accepted?
Possibly; however, presenting would increase the likelihood.

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  1. LumaNatic (talk) 13:28, 21 August 2018 (UTC)