OCF2.0 and Sustainable Mobility

As some of you may have understood I am currently also busy for OCF2.0, or Our Common Future 2.0. This is a crowd sourcing project and is inspired by the ‘Brundtland Report’ called “Our Common Future” from 1987. The main goal of this original publishing was to deal with sustainable development and the change of politics that was required for this. The often cited definition for Sustainable comes from this original report:

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

1.         the concept of 'needs', in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and

2.         the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs.

This report is used globally as a reference, even though it is almost 25 years of age! The solutions and suggestions from it are now almost outdated, some have materialized, others have not. For OCF2.0 this was reason to redo the report and look 25 years ahead from now on. To do this a large group of volunteers was recruited to provide their input during the brainstorm and currently creating the various documents. Up to 19 different themes are selected, each is discussed in smaller groups of people and they will come up with a sustainable path forward on their theme, looking forward to a sustainable Netherlands in 2035.

The main goal for OCF2.0 is to create a shared vision, feeding on the knowledge of somewhere between 200-300 people. These people are divided among the 19 themes, so each theme has 15-20 people supporting it.

My task is with the theme of mobility, where together with the rest of the team we discuss how the mobility of the Netherlands will evolve and what it will look like in 2035. As mentioned earlier, it is a crowd source project and it is all on a voluntarily basis.

On the 17th of December the different teams will present a report for their theme. After that all these reports will be bundled into a book, which will be presented on the 10th of May 2011 and is expected to have a similar impact as its predecessor.