Change cannot and will not be delivered by activism alone. It must and usually is, if successful, be accompanied by a transformation of our institution economy – our means of bureaucracy, our means of administration and our means of governing, organizing and allocating.

It is to this later revolution we invite you – a boring revolution which is the invisible handmaiden of change.

The world around us is being recast by this boring revolution, a revolution in the making of our bureaucracy, a combination of near-free cloud computing, Moore law and automation – has given us a near free real-time, fractional micro many transactional economies.

The boring revolution is not a theoretical concept, nor is it a ready-made solution – its foundational, quantum shift in our logic of bureaucracy and administration which changes everything for us. Just as 1st generation iterations of this revolution such AirBnB unleashed our capacity to sell fractional use of our city and thereby transforming the city (not all for good!); so the next and subsequent iterations of this revolution are challenging structurally and systemically our means and models of contracting, our models of regulation, governance, our means to sensing compliance, our models of financing – everywhere – along with challenging fundamental ideologies such as public and private.

Cities, real-estate, urban organization are at the center of this revolution – as property rights are unbundled, environmental licensing machine automated, performance contracts and regulation connected and verified by real-time sensors, and urban planning re-imagined for real-time, agile age; unleashing whole new economies, uses and urban organization is made possible. This is the boring but very fundamental revolution.

We would like to invite you to participate in helping us co-design and explore how the boring revolution could help transform how we address three of the most urgent challenges faced by our cities. And therefore we host three workshops in BLOXHUB on three challenges for a boring revolution:

1. Pollution and the performative contract.

Our children have fresh minds, but not the access to fresh air when it comes to our schools. 90% of all classrooms have CO2 levels beyond the threshold – not once in a while but the majority of time. It has been assessed that one year of learning could be added to a nine-grade student if the quality of the indoor environment was at the level now required for newly built schools.

Our environmental context and its associated impacts be it through light pollution, air pollution or sound pollution and associated challenges are well documented and regulated, so are the technical solutions. The students and teachers do not see the impacts of the problem, the consultants and suppliers providing the solutions are not paid for performance (other than a modelled compliance) and it is hard for the municipalities to drive real-time compliance. We remain lost in bureaucracy whilst a micro molecular war is waged around us. And this is canary in the mine – for these trends manifests itself virtually across our whole indoor built environment with CO2 parts per million exceeding 500 parts per million and topping off at 1000 parts per million – driving significant cognitive impairment and losses.

The high-fidelity cognitive future necessitates a fundamental rethink how we measure our environmental performance and human impact, how we pay for real-world performance – real-time. Censoring to make the unseen seen. Monitoring on building and learning-performance can allow for performance-based lease and rental contracts, smart regulation with real-time monitoring, fines and compensation.

The boring revolution presents an opportunity to fundamentally transform the real-estate model refocusing on human outcomes as opposed to just harvesting locational value. We welcome you to design the future of real-estate with us.

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2. Smart Infrastructure & The Second Great Flood.

One of the immediate impacts of Climate change is the growing risk of flooding – a reality manifesting worldwide be it the slow disaster of Jarkata or Flooding being named the 3rd highest financial exposure after Medicare and Social security in the US. 

Most of humanity lives next to water, as climate change accelerates the cost of protection against coastal flooding will be one of the most significant liabilities cities face, perhaps the greatest for a century.

This future necessitates a rethink – how we invest in infrastructure (re-imagining the public-private civic partnership – in the age of smart contracts), who financially benefits (linking upstream prevention with downstream beneficiaries with radical new real-time business model), redefining what infrastructure is – (the critical role of natural system services – and the re-greening of cities), designing and funding infrastructure to be multi beneficiary – flooding protection, ecological diversity, participatory citizenship to name but a few.

Substantial values will be created and lost in the near future and the boring revolution is necessary to open up a whole new possibility to make this a critical inclusive transition. We welcome you to design the future these future mechanisms with us.

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3. Circular Construction & the Post Ownership Society

Our Construction economy today is a one-way ticket to the eventual waste heap. We are consuming invaluable resources for singular uses and at a globally unprecedented rate. As a major consumer of materials and energy, the construction industry will have to be at the forefront of transitioning towards a circularity economy if we are all to have a viable future.

At present, the examples of Circular innovation in construction has been about exceptional black swans as opposed to a fundamental transition in our economies. Construction needs a structural revolution – reducing the demand for materials, reimagining the future of smart maintenance, increasing the use of bio-compostable material, along with making a genuine circular economy requires where materials are re-understood as something which don’t belong to buildings – but something we borrow and combine for defined and leased period of time.

The boring revolution holds the key to make us move from a world littered with Circular Beautiful Exceptions to a systemically Circular Economy – tracking materials, censoring the state of buildings with automated maintenance, databases on resources, new real-estate markets which drive the utility of buildings and real-estate themselves.

This future opens up very different radical futures for ownership – from the tokenization of the value of the materials deposited in buildings – waiting to be reclaimed, or perhaps a future in which buildings themselves are self-sovereign which cannot be claimed or ownership by individual humans or corporations. We welcome you to design the future of a circular construction economy with us.

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This gathering marks the beginning of a process of establishing a new lab located at BLOXHUB launching in late 20/21 and cofounded by BLOXHUB, Dark Matter Labs and Smith Innovations. The lab will identify and research world-class black swans – beautiful exceptions of change and focus on reverse engineering viable next-generation institutional economies around them from smart contracting, to real-time regulation and compliance to help these beautiful exceptions become the new normal.