THE AUTO THEORY

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The Auto Theory” is a lab-based initiative in the Automobilization industry to help formal and nonformal educators, learn from each other and pass on creative and effective ways to teach solution-based thinking and inspire them to look at the natural world from a new perspective.

Our Bioinspired Design supports News Science Standards, as well as other subjects, to support environmental literacy; and to address what successful strategies, resources, and materials are being used towards which direction in the world. We focus on Circularity, Sustainability, Regenerative Design Structures to change functions and passive forms of energy.

Automobilization of Societies

Within the family of bioinspired design, we humans have a natural affinity for nature and natural forms. By realigning ourselves with what occurs in nature, we can design a next-generation production model that recognizes its connections to the biosphere. We work with existing technology and nature to jump-start the transition to bio-compatible fibers right now. It includes research for stakeholders on the next steps to take to transform the system. The circular economy seeks to replicate nature’s cycling, and one of its premises is that infinitely reusing our industrial materials can make commerce compatible with nature. But everything we do, all of our industry and economic activity, still exists within the natural system. The same laws of physics that drive natural material cycles make it impossible to isolate the technical ones. Our man-made material loops always, inevitably, leak.

We call “Automobilization of Societies” the ways consumers/societies access and then develop their use of cars as a (and often as the main) tool to organize individual mobility. As seen from the business side, these ‘automobilizations’ are too often linked to the markets of new cars, which is only the visible part of the market. Such a vision tends then to ignore two main elements that are often more important for households and businesses: used car markets and car services.

By considering this “invisible part” of the automobilizations stories and trajectories, our program could develop a better understanding of structuring and restructuring processes. Indeed, in developed countries, it usually appears that used car markets become more and more important over time and that large majorities of households never buy new cars. Their car expenses are strongly dominated by users’ costs, and business opportunities are then largely localized in used car markets and aftersales service markets, where carmakers and carmakers’ networks are most of the time in a dominant position. In some emerging markets, similarly, households’ motorization is mainly due to their ability to buy used cars and specially imported ones. Then it is not associated to business opportunities for carmakers whose brands play in these contexts a marginal role in households’ relationships to cars. We call in this theme for communications giving attention to the social construction.

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