If I was at the conference, here would be my actionable goals:
Actionable goal: I want the Federal government (or a coalition of relatively progressive state governments) to undertake research and product ramping up to inhibit the Arctic meltdown. Specifically, I want an inexpensive wind-powered snowmaking machine developed for coating a section of Arctic tundra, with an eye toward mass-producing and deploying many of these machines and preventing the land part of the Arctic meltdown. Next, I want an inexpensive floating wind-powered water pump to move seawater above the Arctic Ocean’s ice layer in midwinter, creating and building the local ice pack. This creates enough ice to last all summer and it also protects the naturally anaerobic under-ice ocean ecology. Note: Arctic research doesn’t directly threaten the fossil fuel industry’s existence, so it might sell.
Actionable goal: I want the Federal government (or a coalition of relatively progressive state governments) to undertake research and product ramping up to end most worldwide demand for fossil fuel. Specifically, I want fuel-free off-grid all-winter greenhouses similar to the model that’s getting turned on within the next seven days at the Greene School in West Greenwich, RI. If I can build it with my rotary saw and a drill then you can build it too. I want a system that can economically store solar heat for any house and that can deploy the stored heat at 6:00 a.m. on winter mornings, similar to what I’m trying to finish someday at 40 Astral Avenue in Warwick, RI but the money ran out on that project. I want a better heliostat (solar tracking mirror) for residential solar targets. I want a mountain solar air chimney that can generate plenty of renewable electricity after sunset. I want a completely new automated transit system, something like existing elevators, something like our tractor-trailer system, where private elevator-shaped cars with people in them are picked up by vehicles, hauled above the street on cables, and then are plugged into mini-trains that travel above highways. This system would lower lifetime carbon use for the system by perhaps 90%, would be perfectly wheelchair-friendly, would reduce traffic deaths by up to 35,000 lives per year and would create vast national productivity improvements because everybody wouldn’t be stuck driving in high-stress urban traffic. All of this research should quickly destroy most of the fossil fuel industry’s reason for existence, so this actionable goal might not sell in some quarters. Promote it anyway. Note: I have lots of inventions that didn’t make the first cut here. All of the above inventions are way into the gigatons of carbon displacement range.
Actionable goal: Adapt Cambridge, Massachusetts-style elections in unexpected places, for example in neighborhood councils with small budgets. Cambridge elections have been little short of miraculous compared to 51% all or nothing elections. The city’s bond rating is always a rare AAA. They have great transit and good schools. The city council looks remarkably like the population in terms of skin tones, gender preferences, age and everything else.
Actionable goal: Write the code for an online forum that is ruled by its frequent posters of community-acknowledged integrity, and that seeks collective and permanent wisdom. This one invention collects common wisdom, and will create a real political power that you probably can’t imagine. Wikipedia was pretty good, wasn’t it? This will be better!