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.