Hi there,

My name is Schalk Cloete, a South African research scientist currently living and working in Norway. Officially, my research is centered around the mathematical modelling of fluidized bed reactors; something which makes nice pictures (as shown on the right), but which is not exactly the most brilliant blog material. I will therefore not bore you with further details about the kinetic theory of granular flows 🙂

Nope, the material I write about here; building a happy, healthy, wealthy and sustainable life within our affluent modern society, should be much more interesting. I use the word “building” quite a lot because that is exactly what needs to be done. One literally needs to build the environment within which one functions from day to day with the same level of diligence and attention to detail one would use to build a house.

Unfortunately, the macro-environment we live in today tends to bring out the worst in human nature, leading directly to our global environmental, economic and societal crises, as well as serious problems with personal health, personal finances, personal productivity and life satisfaction. For this reason, much of this work is built on the premise that one can intelligently construct some new micro-environments within this macro-environment to shield oneself from its dangerous effects and, in doing so, easily and naturally maintain a happy, healthy, wealthy and sustainable life.

I got interested in this kind of stuff during my Masters degree in 2007, primarily in response to this very annoying stuttering problem I have. My quest for normal speech drove me to all kinds of personal development literature which taught me a great deal and laid the foundation for this work. Quite ironically though, my stutter is still alive and well today, but this is only because my personal development journey has kept me operating miles outside of my comfort zone over the past five years (which can be quite stressful at times). Aside from the occasional somewhat embarrassing speech block, however, I can honestly say that this journey has now brought me to the point where I do not have a single real problem in life.

The One in a Billion project is not a self-help manual though. It is a wide-ranging research work spanning a unique set of disciplines which, to my knowledge at least, have never been combined before. The whole point of research is to search again (i.e. re-search) and establish valuable new connections within our ever expanding web of known information. In this case, environmental science, economics and sociology have been combined with a wide array of personal development material to come up with a complete approach to living in our modern world.

By complete approach, I mean that the various aspects touched upon work together in a very synergistic manner. The guidelines given in this work were carefully crafted to address every one of our global crises simultaneously and, almost by accident, also led to a wide range of personal benefits to the one implementing them. In the end, you will truly be able to save the world by building for yourself a happy, healthy and wealthy life.

That being said, however, I definitely do not claim the information in the PDFs on the home page or the information in the posts on this site to be the alpha and omega. This blog contains nothing but a first draft version of this information and I will require feedback from many people in order to come up with the complete guide to sustainable living on planet Earth today. Any feedback, suggestions or advice is therefore more than welcome.

May your life be happy, healthy, wealthy and, above all, sustainable.

Best regards,



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  1. Actually we have a few folks just up “the the hill” from Santa Fe who work on goodies like fluidized bed reactors – among other things which make even louder noises. The reactors make more sense in my mind.

    1. Yes, fluidization is a very interesting concept with lots of applications. There is nothing else that can promote gas/solid reactions as effectively. Can be a bit tricky to model though…

      Do you know the application that the folks up the hill use the reactors for?

  2. Hi Schalk!

    My name is Sue, and found your blog today thru WordPress – it captured my interest! I’m from SlimKicker (a healthy living/fitness app), and was wondering if we can do a giveaway for your blog readers?

    Our site basically turns people’s health/fitness goals into a level up game with challenges such as quitting soda for a week. We’re looking for new challenge ideas, so was thinking of holding a contest where your readers leave a comment on a health challenge idea, and we’ll pick our favorite challenge idea, use it on our site, and give the winner either a free digital health scale, slow cooker, or digital heart monitor.

    Let me know if you’re interested by email: sue (at) slimkicker.com

    PS. You can choose not to publish this comment since it’s not really a comment, I just couldn’t find your email address =)


    1. Hi Sue,

      I would be glad to help with anything that can get people to start taking better care of their bodies. Unfortunately, I’ve only been blogging for about 2 months and don’t have that many readers yet, so I don’t know if you will get many suggestions from readers of this blog.

      If you are interested, however, I have a whole bunch of challenge ideas for you 🙂 Basically, the strategy advocated on this blog is all about building an environment within which healthy living happens automatically. (Actually, sustainable living is the central message of this blog, but healthy living is a very important part of sustainable living.)

      Since it is still early days, the only person on whom this strategy has been thoroughly tested is myself, but it certainly seems to be working. I have not been sick for a single day in the last 3.5 years, am in perfect shape and have a VO2 max score of 62 ml/min/kg even though I spend 8-12 hours of every day in front of my computer. Part of the purpose of this blog is to see if these results can be repeated in others.

      I’ve looked at your site (which looks really cool :-)) and think that setting up two healthy environments; one for nutrition and one for fitness, will make for two very interesting challenge series. The idea with such a challenge series would be that people get an intelligently designed series of small and manageable challenges to do and, before they know it, they have accidentally built themselves a healthy environment where good nutrition and/or fitness simply happens automatically. This self-sustaining healthy environment would then allow the healthy little lifestyle changes they have implemented during this game to be easily maintained for the rest of their lives. I think this would be pretty cool…

      If you are interested, I would gladly assist you with some suggestions for concrete challenges through which users can gradually build themselves these healthy living environments. You can check out the contents page listing all the posts I have written on this topic to date for some more info on what I am talking about: https://oneinabillionblog.com/contents/health/.

      Best regards,
      Schalk (mail.oneinabillion@gmail.com)

    1. Thanks for the nomination, Keerthika. I would be honored to accept, but will probably have wait until this weekend to carry out the rules. Finding 15 blogs I really want to nominate will be a challenge since I have not been in the blogosphere for such a long time…

      1. Take your time,
        Good things are worth waiting for.And if I know anything at all about you, it is that you are diligent at whatever you choose to do.Your nominees too will undoubtedly be worth discovering,

  3. Schalk – what about using the ocean currents like Florida’s Gulf Stream? Or strong river out flows like the Mississippi or the Amazon? The key for renewables will be storage. Can I store the generated power efficiently and cheaply? Is fracting for natural gas a safe bet? The answer on this is far from complete. Plus, the key issue regardless – what about fresh water! In the USA we waste a lot of energy clealing water only to have it flushed down our toilets. Isnt rainwater harvesting a better solution? Less power used and can be diverted for more important things?

  4. Thank you for this, Schalk. You have given me a new way of seeing the world that I have sensed deep inside, but couldn’t articulate to myself with such clairity and truthfulness. This site gives a lot to think about and try to put into action.


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A DIY guide to saving our world while building a happy, healthy and wealthy life

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