Hello, my name is Fred-Rick and I am new to this site.
I do not know how much I will come visit, but here is an interest of mine: political systems. And I think it would be interesting to ask if there are differences in outcome for the built environment and the political systems in place. Cyburbia members are probably located in many different nations, so that should be an interesting discussion (if replied to).
I like simple, and came up with the following set-up of political systems. In our globalized and further globalizing world it is probably smart to first mention how all nations are influencing each other and in faster and more detailed manners. Also information and innovations can travel at the light of speed, but possibly there are outcomes in specific that belong or not-belong to specific political systems. Here are the four groups ranked from least open to most open, politically.
1/ nations with a single person or group in control (think communist nations, religious nations, dictatorial nations).
2/ nations with two parties.
3/ nations with a limited number of parties (but with more than 2 empowered parties, i.e. coalition forming governments).
4/ nations with large number of parties (6+).
As mentioned, international organizations (EU, NAFTA, OPEC, ASEAN, WTO, etc) influence the outcome of these nations, and possibly having an empowered president or not could influence the outcome (Brasilia comes to mind).
Other than political systems, I am interested in economics and looking for (the) best solutions (for the moment) for our built environment.