Ty Blei

Strategic planning

2018/11/20 12:34 · Myrddin Wyllt

Mind map

The set of untested assumptions and hypotheses that guide our operations, based on the type of questions we can expect and need to be able to answer.

  • What technologies/products/services are we making?
  • What is the need our technologies/products/services fulfills? How widespread is this need?
  • What is the estimated timeline to develop these technologies/products/services such that they can go to market?
  • How much will the products/services cost?
  • How many people do we need to manifest our technologies/products/services?
  • How much money do we need to bring our technologies/products/services to market?
  • What are the phases?
  • Who are our customers/clients/patrons/end-users?
  • Who are our competitors?
  • What other companies in our region are fulfilling this need?
  • What other approaches are there (high and low tech) for adressing the same needs?
  • How large is the market (niche)?
  • How much is it expected to grow?
  • What are its drivers?
  • What is our strategy?
  • What is our vision for the next ten years?

2018/11/20 12:32 · Myrddin Wyllt


  • Both feet on the ground: Turn conjecture into certitude - the mental state of being without doubt.
  • Informal balance: Let the group of people involved evolve informally over time and include people from the environment and external to the environment.
  • Multi-use end position: Set up at least three evaluation criteria sets for different funding audiences before even making a choreography.
  • Contact: There is no substitution for getting to know people and developing personal relationships.

2018/11/18 16:29 · Myrddin Wyllt

The opportunistic scenario

10. Globalisation seems to indicate a “multitude of interconnected fatal consequences, social disintegration, a breakdown of democracy, more rapid and extensive deterioration of the environment, the spread of new diseases, and increasing poverty and alienation”.

9. Evasion of real civilian control is made possible by military-to-military and political-to-political relations. Building military-to-military relations with an unreformed and un-reforming military undermines efforts by citizens to rein in such institutions.

8. Economic ties between first and second and third world countries relies too heavily on cheap labour, with inadequate attention given to the rights of workers performing such labour.

7. Investments are too often focused on extractive industries exploiting local natural resources. While profitable to first world investors and their elite local second and third world partners, these investments too often devastate environments with ruinous implications. Let’s name this for what it is: engaging in environmentally criminal behaviour such as resource greed. Forests are destroyed for timber or establishing plantations, with no thought to the consequences for local people for whom those same forests created homes and a source of livelihood. Mining operations poison rivers, bays and groundwater.

6. Whole communities are displaced and their subsequent intrusion elsewhere can cause local wars in such elsewheres.

5. Of course, this creates opportunities for a focus on sale or transfer of weapons and entire military bases, joint military training, etc.

4. Repeating colonialist mistakes. Believing we know better than local people. Intervening in a system we do not really know. Ignoring effects of our interventions, especially when staring us in the face. Denial.

3. Distracting people by creating a focus on irrelevant threats. Dangerous move, what with the internet and more and more people becoming aware of the usual and commonly used political patterns. The internet may put enough of a stop that. Telephone had a great social impact. Let’s hope the internet makes a similar difference. How can we believe “others than us” are a threat if I have exchanged with “others” and found them to be very human, and not so “other” at all? When we refuse to believe authorities and conjured up “common enemies”, and we think for ourselves?

2. Climate change conferences, as if we can stop the climate changing. We can’t. Too late. Too much denial. And even if we could, is geoengineering the way to go? Intervening in yet another system we do not fully understand. And are climate change treaties maybe just another global government power grab? ~500-700 new bureaucracies? New taxes? 2-5 percent levies on GDP? If cap-and-trade is used & “buying allowance” is done with inflationary currencies, does that mean that pollution inflates further too? Is this the new bubble? How many displacements will result due to continued pillaging and plundering? The effects of that?

1. A crashing UFO: One thing remains generally overlooked: The abstract wealth created for accumulation implies the destruction of nature as concrete wealth. The result is a “hole in the ground”, and next to it a garbage dump with used commodities, outdated machinery, and money without value. And when all concrete wealth (the last natural resource) is gone, so will abstract wealth.

2018/08/26 15:55 · Myrddin Wyllt

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