Survey: The Climate Transformation Travel Guide - English
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Below, I share my thoughts on critical success factors for climate transformation in world-record-time that strengthens the economy and society, followed by one or more questions. Please write your answers freely as text. Those who do not wish to answer a question can simply leave the answer blank. Thank you very much!

Jörg Osarek, founder of ClimateHackerz, author of The Climate Transformation Travel Guide -
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A) Introduction Questions
Background / Industry
Your industry/profession or designation (like finance or climate activist or private citizen)?
Q1: Industry / Designation? *
Spread anticipation / Evangelize and Inspire
Many people and organizations perceive climate transformation as a burden, a necessary evil, instead of moving forward with anticipation toward the better and healthier world we are creating as a result.
Q2: What is inspiring about climate transformation? What can we look forward to? Along the way and related to the outcome of a climate-neutral, healthy world?
B) Handling Slow Down
Slow-Down-Bypass 1
Embedded in climate transformation is the cooperative autonomization and self-sufficiency of businesses, organizations, and the population as a real-time breathing nationwide/continent-wide battery. This includes sharing more of the economic success with them.

A critical success factor is how quickly we overcome hurdles that slow down the transformation which is trategically important for our civilization. Such hurdles or slow downs include:

* financing in organizations as well as for private households (without remortgaging the laboriously paid off belongings!)

* overcoming external bureaucratic hurdles and road blocks (approval agencies, authorities, patents (which are an economic hurdle because of the patent troll industry - see: ))

* overcoming internal bureaucratic hurdles. Especially in larger companies with the maneuverability of a supertanker, a confusing swamp of steering committees, boards, quality gates, over-governance can slow down, grind down and wear down a project desired by a board member or a director, sometimes by years.

How can we counter this and create a bypass / fast track for these hurdles and road blocks without becoming a hurdle ourselves (e.g. through a bypass committee)?
Q3: What are the top three barriers slowing your organization down in climate transformation?
Q4: How do we prevent freeloaders / copycats in our own organization from softening the core transformation issues again by trying to get their initiatives / hidden agendas through the bypass as well which might pull us back into the supertanker swamp so that the bypass would become clogged?
Slow-Down-Bypass 2
We need an innovation sprint to save our world economy and civilization. The patent troll industry as well as the tactical and strategic patent practice battling competitors in some large companies endanger this innovation sprint (see ). Patent trolls act in the climate crisis like a strangler fig that kills its host tree. What can we do to neutralize this danger? Ideally, a moratorium / patent suspension would be in place until a) the world is at Net Zero and on a carbon capture path that brings global temperature rise back down and b) we are safely on the path to a circular economy and we can foresee when we will have reached 100% circular economy globally. An alternative would be: for every patent, a cheap license must be granted compulsorily, not exceeding a few percent of the target price of a product. This way, such patent holders would still earn good money, but we would eliminate a transformation risk.
Q5: What can we do about the dangers of the patent troll industry and, at the same time, how can we financially honor true creative inventiveness?  If you believe, we can't do anything about it: What would need to be changed to successfully neutralize the patent troll industry or win them for joining the climate transformation movement?
Slow-Down-Bypass 3
Behördendschungel, Genehmigungsverfahren: Bürokratie und Amtsschimmel sind Gefahren für die Rettung unserer planetaren Lebenserhaltungssysteme. Müssen wir hier Opfer in Kauf nehmen, um das größere Ganze zu retten?
Q6: How do we eliminate the slow down caused by officialdom / bureaucracy or win them for joining the climate transformation without giving up all safety that regulation at times provides?
Slow-Down-Bypass 4 - Preventing the slow down effect of lobbying by oligopolies
Large-scale centralized climate transformation solutions are needed. Complementary, decentralized, small cooperating approaches are required for the necessary flexibility and the ability to defend them as well as for social peace. As we have seen over and over in the past lobby organizations try to secretly write their hidden agendas into national and international law to cement their oligopoly for decades to come.
Q7: How do we ensure that oligopolists do not prevent small, decentralized initiatives by influencing regulation?
Slow-Down-Bypass 4 - Relevant Standards
Some standards are necessary as well as useful.
Q8: What standards does your organization follow or considers following? (e.g. GHG Greenhouse Gas Protocol, certifications, ...)
Slow-Down-Bypass 6 - Organization form free from legacy burden
We often see startups being spun off from a large corporation in order to free themselves from the ballast of the large company. It may make sense to reintegrate the startup into the group later on, but sometimes it also makes sense to continue running it separately.
Q9: What best practices exist on the topic of spin-offs? What approaches can be used to build an MVC (minimum viable COMPANY)? Which growth hacking strategies are available to make the results of the startup usable for the founding company and possibly beyond?
C) Funding, Finances and Risk Management
risk-neutral Financing 1
We need financing options that are mortgage-neutral, at least for private households, and that provide guarantees for companies, preferably without interest or at low interest, that can be interrupted to a reasonable extent for repayment - e.g. coupled with rules on whether or not an income is available. For only if families are not threatened with having their painstakingly paid-off house (their security) taken away again will they invest in a retrofit. Conceivable instruments could be e.g.: taxes and levies, spending this as an investment fund to get back a part of the electricity production profits - for what period of time? In the end, the question may be: Is it worth it to us to make the transformation happen in 15 years to keep the world economy going instead of collapsing?  But it is also clear that those who provide money must also something in return. Perhaps a global climate transformation payment would be helpful. Wherever a market is created, fraud organizes itself, and this must be contained.
Q10: How do we want to organize transformation financing in a low-risk way for people and organizations who need to invest and engage? And how do we prevent or reduce fraud in the process?
risk-neutral Financing 2
Modular solutions and financing: What can we learn from micro-investments and from crowd-funding such as Kickstarter to use their approaches for the climate transformation? Could old principles like building societies revived as building blocks?
Q11: What modular financing solutions can we create where anyone can just start and build with a savings plan of 50-200 € or $ per month, rather than waiting to overcome the initial financial threshold of many thousands of Euros or Dollars?
Risk Management and Insurance Strategy
In May 2022, the German Weather Service confirmed 3 tornadoes in North Rhine-Westphalia which is very unusual. One left a 300m-wide trail of devastation in Paderborn. In addition to transformation, we must also arm ourselves with emergency plans for more disasters and consider: where and how do we need to build differently? In addition, increased risks should be adequately insured. Examples are: or heavy rain simulations.
Q12: What insurance strategy can we develop by 2035? What risk management measures can we take?
D) Asset Generation
Transformation Asset Generation
An asset is something that is created once and that passively generates value for the creator. Example: The solar system on the roof supplies low-cost electricity to charge the electric car or to supply the machines for production with climate-neutral electricity.
Q13: How do we turn transformation results into assets for organizations?
Q14: How do we convert transformation outcomes into personal assets for households that increase participation in economic outcomes (shifting to true prosumers with more responsibility and more profit sharing)?
E) Exponential Acceleration of the Climate Transformation
Exponential transformation progress through magic levers as transformation principle
According to reports from May 2022, 1.5 degrees of global warming could be reached for the first time as early as 2026. We are running out of time. Therefore, it is crucial to accelerate the transformation to the maximum. We need an exponential transformation rate to make the entire global economy climate neutral by 2035. We can counter the looming negative tipping points with positive tipping points that seem like magic. Around us, we observe such examples again and again, proving that rapid change is possible in a very short time. The iPhone was introduced in 2007 and started its triumphant march with much alike smartphones from competitors within a few years. Elon Musk is building fully automated factories with Tesla that produce everything (the machine that builds the machine). In biology, we see exponential growth through cell division and mass copying. In information technology as well (genetic algorithms, recursion, automation, machine learning - this is not about the hype wave, but solid IT architectures). In business, with templates like the Business Model Canvas or the Blue Ocean Strategy, among others, we can quickly implement topics in a standardized way and build on them. If you apply the 80/20 rule (Pareto's law) to itself with automation, you get James Schramko's 64/4 rule - see = 4 percent effort, 64 percent output. We need levers like this for a greatly accelerated climate transformation.
Q15: Which levers of exponential transformation progress can be used so that the transformation succeeds 10x as fast as today? (FAST TRACK) What roadblocks exist that must be cleared out of the way so that we can use these exponential levers?
First principles thinking / Inspire & Incubate Game Changing Models
TESLA and Apple have full control over the entire economic ecosystem in their respective areas: In the case of Apple, this ranges from the App Store as a market place to the smartphones that transform geo-user data into, for example, traffic jam reports on the map. Tesla controls everything from raw material mining (lithium in Nevada) to driving data (millions of driving hours of steering assistants and for FSD - Full Self Driving). Tesla eliminates classic cost factors in the value chain, e.g. maintains no dealer network and does no advertising. First Principles Thinking / basic research played a big role in this, because it changed well-worn paths of the industry = the rules of the game. Exemplary approach: ClimateHackerz proposes a hybrid of cruise ship and airplane the climate neutral SOLAREZEP, which creates a new travel category between cruise ship and airplane speed for a good portion of the flights: 
Q16: What rules of the game or what industry standards that are generally valid today must we change through first principles thinking/basic research to what degree, so that we can implement a global climate transformation by 2035? What obstacles need to be removed to make this happen? What "business-as-usual business models" could benefit from a completely-rethought-transformation? What would change the rules of the game itself?
Discover and Prevent Greenwashing
Buying the lowest-cost certificates and offsetting emissions with them leads, in the worst case, to coal power becoming climate-neutral on paper. It has become difficult to distinguish honorable transformation efforts from greenwashing campaigns, and yet that is precisely what is immensely important. In the medium and long term, companies using greenwashing shoot themselves in the foot. Such companies gamble away the trust of their customers and business partners. The discovery of such greenwashing practices is only a matter of time.
Q17: How can we recognize greenwashing? How can we avoid greenwashing in our own organization but also in our supply chains for Scope 1, 2 and Scope 3? (see ) How do we deal with greenwashing at suppliers and competitors or business partners that damage the reputation of honorable organizations in transformation - and without jeopardizing the transformation speed? If you believe this doesn't work: What needs to be changed to make it work?
Achieve cooperative self-sufficiency and autarky
The Internet was created with the idea of making an attack to a central data center ineffective, because the system works in a distributed and fault-tolerant manner (e.g., for routing data sent over the network). At the same time, Internet nodes cooperate with each other. This must be implemented in the same way for the climate transformation, especially in the energy grid sector - keyword: smart grids. The new book by Prof. Volker Quaschning: "Energierevolution JETZT" ( - currently German only) shows, for example, that a large fleet of electric cars can serve as a giant virtual battery and solve a significant part of the energy storage problem, provided the cars can exchange energy smartly in both directions (charging from the grid and discharging to the grid).
Q18: With which invitation can we win the actors of the energy oligopoly for a new alliance (divide and rule) with more citizen involvement and a stronger economic participation of the citizens in order to realize a cooperative autarky / self-sufficiency? Beyond that, what are the road blocks and how can they be neutralized?
Defend cooperative self-sufficiency and autarky
The Ukraine war is a bitter reminder of how severely we have failed to maintain our independence/autarky from some key players. We need to build defensible self-sufficiency / autarky at the continent-wide, federal and regional levels that can withstand both hacker attacks and physical attacks. We should also think about worst-case scenarios, such as a continent-wide EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that takes out all electronics and the Internet in one blast.
Q19: How can cooperating self-sufficiency / autarky be defended - in extreme cases also against cyber attacks and physical attacks on continent-wide, nationwide or regional infrastructure? What low-tech regional options are available to us in the event of an emergency? Which of them do we need to build or expand?
Circular economy (related topic)
Even if one does not want to ban certain manufacturing processes right away, the climate transformation is a favorable time to move from disposable approaches (Caterpillar Economy) to the circular economy (e.g. Cradle to Cradle) in the design of new products, as described e.g. in "Doughnut Economics" by Kate Raworth. Because this saves us a second transformation step for new products. And in the medium to long term, all products worldwide must be part of the circular economy (recyclable or reusable in a technological or biological cycle).
Q20: What factors are important for a rapid, powerful transformation towards a circular economy?
Make Time for transformation
This example is calculated for Germany. Feel invited to do the math for your country if it is a different one.
If each of the 45 million people working in Germany in 2021 (40.9 million employees, 3.9 million self-employed) were released for 4 hours per week to work on climate transformation, that would be an implementation force of about 4.5 million man-years in a single year. I believe to remember that only about 400,000 people actively worked on the US-moon landing in the 1960s. That would be ten times as many in Germany. What could we do with these resources? Google has shown how such a release (of 20%) for own projects has resulted in huge successes that have changed the world - e.g. Google Street View is such a side project of an employee.
Q21: By utilizing a strategy of partial time-reservation-for-climate-transformation: what could we implement for climate transformation that has so far seemed to be out of reach for us due to a shortage of skilled workers and a lack of hands to help us? What aspects should be taken into account if we think about pursuing this strategy?
F) Various questions
Transformation of the armed forces
Energy density in liquid propellants is their huge advantage, and hence currently the military's preference. At the same time, some (at least older) equipment will swallow anything that burns - from salad oil to heavy fuel oil to liquor, gasoline or diesel - whatever is around. In a transformed world, however, the primary source of energy will be electricity, not liquid fuel, because so far the production of "green fuels" is not yet economically viable.
Q22: Which energy supply strategy can the military transform to? How does it deal with changing fuel availabilities? What is the expected future mix of energy sources and how can it be defended or how resilient is it in an emergency situation?
Turn off the tap: Prevent (fossil) emissions as early as possible in the value chain and as quickly as possible in terms of time
In his article, Martin Corney suggests a carbon extraction quota. "If your bathtub was overflowing, you wouldn't immediately reach for the mop, you'd first turn off the tap. That's what we need to do with fossil fuels." . It is clear that the sooner we interrupt the fossil production chain (which itself also generates emissions), the faster we will reach the climate targets. Possible solutions are: Do not buy or use any oil, gas, coal or derived products as soon as possible. But also: Do not provide your labor to such harmful companies anymore. Remove them from your customer list. Contribute to a scenario where they cannot buy any more know-how and manpower for their harmful activity, so that their business becomes unprofitable even faster.

The conflict here: Many such damagingly operating companies are simultaneously operating on two tracks, massively expanding their renewable energy business while holding on to business models that are doomed to extinction. Shell can act as an example here: and Shell in transformation: . To promote transformation with shareholder influence, buys shares in the fossil-fuel industry.
Q23: How can we dry up the fossil fuel industry's climate- and environment-damaging businesses as quickly as possible without slowing down their investments in renewable energies, which require large start-up financing?
What is missing in this survey?
Did I forget anything important?
Q24: What critical success factors have not been asked about, but are important for a climate transformation in world-record time? What does still need to be solved? Which solutions do already exist?
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Transformation plan for your organization and your personal life
Q25: (optional): In what year does your organization plan to be carbon neutral?
Q26: (optional): In what year do you plan to be climate neutral in your personal life (or with your family)?
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