Davos essay contest 31st December 2015

Statue of Liverpool Global Gateway University (proposed)

I came over to Liverpool from Ireland in 2008 to find work and finish my studies. My masters dissertation was Global Financial Crisis The Second Great Depression — a history showing the role of US, Japan, The Asian Tigers and leading to the death of the Celtic Tiger.

Since 2008, I have been researching the global banking crisis and working on a comprehensive timeline of events but the social impacts of the crisis has led me to jam jar banking for financially excluded. Having worked in the City of London in a merchant bank and also worked in Dublin as a Treasury manager for a global bank a number of years ago, I am presently in process of trying to raise finance to set up a new type of investment/ merchant bank. I also have been researching micro-generation of electricity and come up with a new idea for this. Another idea I had a number of years ago was a replacement for the laptop computer using micro projection and virtual keyboard alongside a mobile phone.

Liverpool was at the forefront of the First Industrial Revolution, which saw steam, water and mechanical production equipment.

The eighteenth century saw the start of the First Industrial Revolution. The first dock in the world was constructed in Liverpool in 1709. By 1793, Liverpool became the first and only municipality with the right to issue its own money with the Bank of England deciding to open a branch in Liverpool in 1827.

The 19th Century saw the Second Industrial Revolution with division of labour, electricity and mass production. In 1839, Laird’s Shipyard built the world’s first screw propelled steamer, Robert F. Stockton, a 63 foot tug boat for use on North American waterways. By 1860, the world’s first street tram way ran from Woodside to Birkenhead Park (1857 saw the first UK tramway at Liverpool Docks). By 1866, Liverpool had carried out and financed the first ever Atlantic telegraph cable. 1893 saw the world’s first elevated electric urban railway with colour all-electric automatic light signalling. A year later the first ever radio broadcast was made by Oliver Lodge, Liverpool University professor of Physics.

The latter part of the 20th Century saw the Third Industrial Revolution with the arrival of the computer, electronics and the Internet. In 1960, Martin’s Bank Head Office in Liverpool is the first bank to use a computer. In 1962 Mersey Docks and Harbour Company was the first port authority to use a computer.

What does the change mean for me in Liverpool

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, happening now, will change our perception and replace man with machines/robots and super computers. I believe that we will see a replacement of computers and something which will replace the internet as we know it. Looking forward 10 years, 3D printers (with no need to connect to computers) will be printing all sorts of everyday items from small items to larger ones such as sectional houses. Living organs will also be printable. Mobile banking will evolve where mobile devices , probably implanted in your body, are your actual bank account, heading for a totally cashless society . There is a strong link between this revolution and climate change. This revolution has to be seen in terms of an economic opportunity. In addition we need to replace jobs lost to robots, create new jobs to replace those lost to this revolution and concentrate our skills as humans on making our world a better place for us and our families to live in. During the Paris COP21 talks a link was made for the first time between climate change to Syria’s war (Prince Charles). He believes there are links to the current refugee crisis and terrorism. He told the Paris summit that there is no Plan B.

A few years ago I met someone in Liverpool who is working on a new large iconic totally green energy project for Liverpool which needs financing. I mentioned to him about amalgamating climate change, education, innovation and research & development into a purpose built centre of excellence a new global gateway university, but combining academic and technical areas together. This have never been achieved globally where a one stop shop in Liverpool will be the centre for spearheading global issues on climate change and fixing problems by research and development of latest thinking and putting innovation into practice, latest solar panel technology, wind, wave power, biofuels, fuel cell technology, better battery storage technology, better financing options and developing the next generation of practical ideas to combating global warming and carbon/ greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate fuel shortages, food shortages, water shortages, lack of sanitation, stopping diseases and epidemics. In addition we need to look at ways of reducing poverty, narrow the gap between rich and poor, increasing access to money for financially excluded. Priorities include cleaning up the oceans and combatting flooding, droughts, rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions.

Statue of Liverpool proposal

Video link of artist’s impression https://youtu.be/taP--Mz4AZ8

website : www.thehomecoming.co.uk

Not linking this Fourth Revolution with Climate change is too big a risk as we are destroying the planet we live in. The rewards will be immense. That is why we can produce a global climate strategy in Liverpool where global directions especially on climate change can be directed just like the Battle of the Atlantic Control Centre in Liverpool during the Second World War.

Thank you for reading.

Robin Singleton, Liverpool

31st December 2015