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PEACE HIGHWAY DESIGN CHALLENGE PDF Print E-mail
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    (This design challenge is offered to anyone willing to take the time to develop alternative future transportation solutions that they believe will help create a better future for all people, and our environment.  The below scenario is intended to inspire reactions, investigation and creativity to bring together new ideas and scenarios to start a process of consensus building.) 

        In 2009, because of the economic, political, social and religious unrest caused by the international financial crisis the nonprofit Unogeo Institute brought forward the concept of an international corporation to be called Peace Incorporated to build an international mass transit system called Peace Highway.  Peace Highway was planned to connect all the countries and major cities of our planet by an underground tube system of high speed capsules that can carry people, products and ideas at very low cost.  (Minus some ocean islands.) The tubes are to be made by laser technology that spins molten rock into the shape of the ongoing tube.  Capsules may be propelled by nonpolluting energies such as electromagnetic, nuclear, pneumatic air, or gas plasma energies.  The underground tubes are planned to be ten to twenty meters feet from the surface and in most countries will be beneath the main surface highways, but the Peace Highway may also go under lakes, seas, oceans and ice caps to connect people and products around our globe.

         Peace Incorporated does not have any stocks that can be sold to the public but allows one common voting share of stock per employee after they have worked for three years with the company.  No employee can own more than one voting share of stock.  The corporation may also issue nonvoting preferred A stock to use as collateral for borrowing funds from investors at a rate of 8.5 percent for five and ten year notes.  It is expected to take trillions of units of money to develop and build the Peace Highway around the world.  As Peace Highway develops it is expected to employee hundreds of millions of people.

        Peace Incorporated may also issue nonvoting preferred B stock as incentives to its employees for exceptional efforts and as retirement options.  Voting employees will elect Board of Directors for each national region and an international Board.  As an international employee owned company the expectation is for exceptionally high quality, safe and dependable service.

        The Peace Highway will contract with hundreds of thousands of contractors and subcontractors in addition to the millions of employees.  Contractors will be asked to take a Peace Pledge in moving within ten years to having more than fifty percent of their earnings from peaceful enterprise rather than activities of war.

        It is expected that employees and contractors will be paid well and the system will be maintained at an exceptionally high standard, but it is also expected that the Peace Highway will make considerable profits.  Over the course of fifty years it is expected that the Peace Highway will replace over fifty percent of present day truck, cargo ship and cargo air plane freight business worth billions of money units per year.  In addition the Peace Highway is expected in the same time frame to replace 75 percent of all long distance air passenger traffic and 50 percent of air and automotive travel within 200 kilometers of where people will live, which will generate billions in money units per year.   The goal of Peace Highway will be able to sell travel kilometers for ten cents per kilometer with a fifty percent profit ratio, therefore a cost of five cents per kilometer per passenger.  Peace Highway needs to be profitable to support the next 2000 years of peace.

       Of the profits generated 25% will go to employees, 25% will go to finance future growth and pay off debt, and 50% will be divided between the regions and nations that allow the subterranean development under existing highways, and support the development and policies of the Peach Highway in their country within these expectations and deductions:

  1. National and regional income from the Peace Highway cannot be used for military expenses but must be spent on education, health care and wellness, social welfare, food and water, infrastructure, crime prevention, housing and small business support.
  2. Any nation or region that maintains its military personnel in another country, or on the open seas, will automatically receive another 25% reduction in income from the Peace Highway.
  3. Any nation or region that sells weapons of war to another country will automatically receive another 25% reduction in income from the Peace Highway.
  4. Any nation or region that develops or stockpiles any weapons of mass destruction beyond today will have up to a 50% reduction of income from Peace Highway. Nations that reduce their stockpile of weapons of mass destruction can receive up to a 50% increase in income from the Peace Highway an as offset to deductions.
  5. Any nation or region that executes or imprisons for life any person within their boundaries will receive a 25% reduction in income from the Peace Highway.
  6. Any nation that does not allow the free and open elections of its leaders or does not allow the development of independent political parties will receive a 25% reduction of income from the Peace Highway.
  7. Any nation or region that spends more than a total of 15% of its budget for military, police and prison expenses will receive a deduction of one percent for every percent over the 15% that is budgeted and spent.
  8. Any nation or region that does not have a comprehensive individual Bill of Rights in its constitution and supports it in their justice system will receive a 25% reduction of income from the Peace Highway.
  9. Any nation or region that does not have a comprehensive and transparent budget and stays within that budget will loose a percent for every percent they go over budget.
  10. Any nation or region that allows the corruption by individuals or special interest groups to influence their government’s policies and laws through vote buying, contributions to candidates, or intimidation may loose up to 25% of their expected income from the Peace Highway.
  11. Any nation or region that does not have a strong environment protection policy and enforces it may loose up to 25% of its expected income from Peace Highway.

 

CAN THIS SCENARIO BRING LONG TERM PEACE TO OUR PLANET?  WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS AND DESIGNS?

   Your submission may use any of the above ideas and concepts or you can go in any direction you recommend.  You can deal in detail specific recommendations or you can chose to provide a more comprehensive overview of your recommendations for a international mass transit system bring forward your recommendations on any or all of the following issues:

Design of transit infrastructure.

Design of cargo units.

Design of passenger units.

What form of energy will be used?

Where will the transit be built?

How will the transit be financed?

Who will own the transit system?

How will the transit connect to cities?

How much will the transit cost per kilometer to build?

How much will it cost to ride or ship on the transit?

Who will govern the transit system?

What impact will the transit have on the environment?

What impact will the transit have on humans and the future?

Why will your design be positive for the future? 

    Your submission can include written scenarios, designs, photographs of models and short videos.  All submissions need to be emailed, with attachments to the below address no later then December 1, 2010.   Submissions of merit will be posted on this site.  By submitting all entries are agreeing to allow their material to be shared with the world on this site. All entries will be judged by a panel of reviewers and awarded Peace points. Points may be accumulated, auctioned or redeemed. (See REWARD EXCHANGE BOARD) 

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