By José Antonio Vanderhorst-Silverio, Ph.D.
IEEE Life Member
March 24, 2011
As the self named creator of the Electricity Without Price Control Architecture Framework (EWPC-AF), I participated with a lot of interest in the great opportunity generated by the IEEE Spectrum organized and sponsored Smart Grid of 2025 Game. The interest was in order to show that I had already created as a very different scenario the best possible future for the Smart Grid in the world.
That Game was executed last week in the notoriously effective and efficient Foresight Engine platform of the Institute For the Future (IFTF). As might be seen in the interdependent engagements on the Game’s DASHBOARD, that future is well in accordance with the IEEE Tag Line of Advancing Technology for Humanity. The Tag Line subset I had already identified in public discussions is Advancing Grids for Customers.
It is important to understand that the experiments conducted in the Foresight Engine collaborative community are generally known for its capacity to exploit the “Wisdom of Crowds,” by building up ideas that engage players to gain momentum as an analytic feasible winning scenario. But, according to the IFTF it is also very powerful and useful device to facilitate collaborative testing by players in the community, of what they call “outlier” ideas, like that of the original EWPC-AF idea, that I claim are synthesized by one person or a very small team.
Before asking the question “Was the EWPC-AF_Creator the All Around Winner of the Smart Grid 2025 Game?,” I first executed a kind of due process, by asking many times, through several social network channels, like the News blog of the said Game, Twitter, in particular the @iftf twitter account, as well as Facebook, the EWPC Blog, to be able to see in the full DASHBOARD where all the players stand.
In the mean time, as far as I can see, even when the IFTF kindly tweeted to their more than 6,000 followers the EWPC post Did a Paradigm Shift Emerge in the 24 Hours of the IEEE Spectrum Smart Grid 2025 Game?, no one else like me has insistently asked to see the mentioned DASHBOARD or have even questioned the plausibility of the EWPC-AF paradigm shift scenario. A summary of some of my actions can be seen as a comment under Steve Cherry’s IEEE Spectrum podcast Planning the Smart Grid—Today.
Tomorrow it will be a whole week after the Game ended. While I understand that time is of the essence, no response has been given to me so far. In the very likely case of having won, in order to have any opportunity to exert my bragging rights, I feel that I have been pushed to take the risk of posting the next story as one respectful attempt to ask for transparency.
At the time of Game’s closing, the EWPC-AF_Creator had gained sufficient momentum to climb to third place on the Leaderboard, on the 18th of March, after having already received the day before two awards from the Foresight guides. However, it seems that, the players in first and second position had not been given any award.
In fact, early on, the EWPC-AF_Creator was given by the Foresight guides a Heisenberg award, as the player that had the biggest impact on the conversation. Later on, he was given a Feyman award, for the Micro-forecast with the clearest sense of the small picture.
Having won as JoseAntonio one of the several Ted Talks awarded in the IEEE Spectrum sponsored Energy/H2O game last year, other forecasting achievements to be awarded by the Foresight guides that I was expecting to win were:
A Ted Talk award, on the EWPC-AF for the Micro-forecast most worthy of an 18-minute elaboration. As candidate for that award were at least the following three EWPC-AF interdependent Micro-forecast, that as suggested by IFTF sparked the most conversations with the Trilogy:
• The Positive Imagination "Consider a paradigm shift away from the current Investor Owned Utilities Architecture Framework (IOUs-AF) and its incremental extensions," that engaged for at least 60 ideas.
• The Dark Imagination Card "The main barrier is an energy policy that has led to a fragmented Smart Grid. Just like the reengineering movement, we need a clean slate," that engaged for at least 36 ideas.
• In response to the suggestion "If you could change any practice, law or custom what would it be?,” the Positive Imagination Card "The reductionist mental model of most executives, what W. Edwards Deming called the prevailing style of management" that was engaged for at least 32 ideas.
A Macarthur Genius award as a Micro-forecast most worthy of five-year funding.
A Hawkings award as a Micro-forecast with the clearest sense of the very big picture.
A Venter award as the Micro-forecast that makes the biggest paradigm shift.
And the MRF ARC™ award as the idea that offers the most holistic approach.