As our world strengthens its interconnections through communication, commerce and production, these differing parts of the world are now meeting as never before. The interconnectedness of our new world presents the opportunity for a fusion of the relentless developmental spirit seen in parts of the world that have surged through cycles of invention and those areas whose innovative solutions to sustainable living have been imbedded into its cultural values in ways that respond nimbly to the environment. The production cycle of the relentless manufacturing and consumption centers of the world is beginning to leave us with the problem of declining reserves of the precious metals and fundamental components of the complex oils used to build the devices that much of the world is growing to rely on at increasing rates. Far from a tragic state, this shadows a potential end to Earth's reserves, need not imply an end, as would be assumed with a western model of linear thinking. Instead, what we see is the opportunity to simultaneously continue indefinitely in the direction of development, while unifying more of the world both philosophically and practically through the embracing of a "circular economic production cycle" where the cycle of design construction and cost incorporate a fourth stage where products are disassembled and re-commodified by experts in identifying, sorting and repurposing in pulling the Earths precious matter back into the stream of human activity that it was once drawn out of the land to become a part of.
As scarcity drives resource costs towards increase, clever sources through Africa have already begun this process. Maximizing the afterlife of increasingly complex electronics is an industry rich in creative challenge, and is something rarely considered in the initial design phase. Identifying plastic, glass and complex polymers often necessary before systematic deconstruction can occur without complex systems to address this or skilled human assessment, these materials are often simply discarded. With proper repurposing, systems which remain relevant but have lapsed from production may be made to remain in service indefinitely. The potential of “reverse supply chains” presents new opportunities for communities to leverage cultural attitudes oriented towards improvisation.