Note To Potential Saudi Client

An Aquaponics Demo In Every Saudi School & Village Integral To Scaling Up By Scaling Out

Dear Mr. Alink,

I would be honored and happy to engage in conversations with you over the years to advance the vision of

  • a digitally enhanced and connected aquaponics demo in every Saudi school by 2040, from primary to university level.

  • Saudi students becoming renowned for scaling up their school models into Saudi village urban ag and aquaponics innovation centers

  • Saudi students building skills sets and supportive technologies sufficient to spread these innovations across the water challenged regions of the world

The Sweet Water global network has extensive and celebrated experience developing school sized systems, teacher training, course curriculum, administrative guidelines, and tech support.

 The Harvard Business School has a case study of my work.

The Sweet Water Foundation executive director Emmanuel Pratt is now a Harvard Loeb fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, developing models for urban ag campuses with MIT and Harvard GSD students, teamed up with renowned architect Jeannie Gang and IT polymath Stephen Ervin.

And Jesse Blom, our Milwaukee director 2011 to 2016, now directs the Johns Hopkins Food System Lab, following his USDA teacher training programs.

Our network is wide and deepening, including Obama Foundation Presidential Library designers, Michael Macy, a State Department cultural attache once Saudi Arabian based, Fr. Sean McDonagh, the pope’s ecological advisor, Dickson Despomier of vertical farming fame, and the curators of top Chicago Museums for whom aquaponics is art alive!

To be continued, God willing,


Pat Wilborn has a commercial size system and is definitely worthy of your attention, either a site visit to his Port Fish project, or a skype conference.

Godsil Focus on AP Innovation Centers With Embedded Schools

At this stage of the technology called aquaponics, school demos ARE THE PRODUCT TO BE DEVELOPED and THEN MARKETED ACROSS THE WORLD, with ongoing revenues from distributed networks of higher and higher levels on integrated performance.

Aquaponics is probably the Master Adaptation, the “evolutionary trick” to build our human worlds across many cultural and geographic contexts…a platform on which subsequent cognitive, community, and STEM elaborations will be constructed…a master tool for growing, designing, and stewarding ecosystems of many varieties.

Lacking systems in place blessed with peoplr equipped with many skill sets required, commercial size aquaponics is a profoundly risky venture.

To be continued God willing,


I am happy to share lessons learned re aquaponics enterprise in repurposed factory building.

Key conclusion: aquaponics enterprise in repurposed factory building at this stage of development will not survive from a single bottom line perspective from the sale of fish and plants. The cost of electricity for lights and energy for heat makes it prohibitive to survive just by selling fish and plants.

The best way to scale up aquaponics is by scaling out aquaponics, and framing your factory experiment as an innovation Center, with triple bottom line understandings, and multiple income streams, foremost among them the design, installation, and tech support for aquaponic demonstration projects in 5% of the schools of whatever nation you are focusing on.

Here is a Harvard Business School case study of my work.

I have much information and many introductions to provide you with, as long as you are in this for the Long Haul. Don’t expect to get rich quick, and take a due diligence, experimental perspective to your work

I implore you to find an “ecopreneur” within your network who would like to be my and Sweet Water’s network partner, to experiment with the proposition of scaling up aquaponics by scaling out aquaponics, aspiring to win demonstration projects in 5% of the grade schools and high schools of your home, for starters.

The Sweet Water “partner” could begin this collaboration immediately. Let’s aim for a start up budget of $7,000 for the first Sweet Water School Demo.

That’s what MIlwaukee Sweet Water Foundation director Jesse Blom, the premier school AP demo ecopreneur of the USA is charging Parkside School in Milwaukee. Jesse has developed hardware and software for demonstration systems, teacher curricula, administrative guidelines, and a team possessed with different intelligences required to sustain and steward these small worlds of aquaponic demos. He is now the director of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Food system lab as well.

We have great resources to provide someone who would sign on to our scaling out vision. The executive director of The Sweetwater Foundation, Emmanuel Pratt, now centered in Chicago, is currently a Loeb fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is assembling a team of biologists, engineers, artists, MBAs, and architects in the Harvard-MIT circles, to complement his on the ground team of educators, aquapons, artisans, innovators, community developers, and more (!), in the south side of Chicago.

Godsil’s 300 Jesuit School USA Vision

One of my visions builds upon a handful of aquaponics demos in Jesuit high schools in the USA, including my alma mater St. Louis University High (SLUH), to support efforts like my hoped for Prague AP School Experiments. These projects would be digitally enhanced with sensors and communication systems that supported an experimental community of aquaponics experimentors.

And they would forge experimental communities of high school students across the continents. We already have “partners” in Shanghai, India, Ireland, Costa Rica, Denver, San Francisco, LA, Australia, and Hawaii.

Our roboticist turned aquaponics sensor systems ecopreneur, Eric Maundu, brings west coast USA brilliance to this mix.

Our Irish partner, Andrew Douglas, has a new relationahip with Fr. Sean McDonagh, key draft writer of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecological and Social Justice, built upon his award winning AP demo at Belvedere College, Ireland’s premier Jesuit high school and our introduction work at the Irish Museum of Modern Art A Fair Land exhibition August 2016.

To win 7 contracts for start up AP demos at $7,000 each would provide a start up revenue stream of $50,000. This 50k could be leveraged for a $50k NGO or angel investor, public or private.

This $100k figure as proof point of scaling out is a revenue that a commercial scale system is, at this stage of energy costs and inexperienced aquapons, very unlikely to realize.

The founders of the Sweetwater universe had their feet in Two Worlds, one of commercializing aquaponics by scaling up in a large system, and the other of commercializing aquaponics by scaling out into the schools and community centers of the world.

Sweetwater Organics tried to commercialize aquaponics by scaling up and went bankrupt.

The Sweet Water Foundation is trying to commercialize aquaponics by scaling out and is winning the attention of some of the nation’s premier foundations and university departments.

I am the co-founder and president of the Board of the Sweetwater Foundation, and I am very happy to be of service to you or any of your team who would like to cover their bets and diversify your Investments by not putting all of your eggs in the basket of commercial upscaling in a single bottom line model.

You will never pay your bills by the mere sale of fish and plants.

You must build a model of multiple income streams and triple bottom line. The multiple income streams would include revenues from the installation, maintenance, tech support, and diffusion of aquaponic Demos in the schools.

Commercialize aquaponics by scaling out aquaponics into 10,000 school experiments across the planet!

To be continued, if you wish,


Don’t just pay bills with revenues from sale of fish and plants.  Energy space and labor costs too high.

Supplement fish/produce sales by framing experiment as an eco school, innovation center, research community gathering place, eco tourist destination, and more.

Pat—your thoughts on this for Massimo…

Sweet Water, the Farm and the Academy, 
Is a museum alive, an evocative destination, and a science lab!
Sweet Water is a high tech, high science, 
High craft, high art
Center for safe and delicious food production— 
fresh fish and produce, locally sourced!
Sweet Water is a center for hands on education 
For young and old.
A center for attracting and energizing 
Inventors, innovators, enterprisers…active citizens!
Civic minded celebrators!
Transforming our great industrial cities 
Into even more inspiring organic cities.
Every city in every country, 
In all of earth’s great civilizations and cultures…
Deserves a Sweet Water!
Sweet Water, Sweet Soil. 
To be, once again,
Our children’s birthright, 
Our elders security.
Sweet Water, Sweet Soil, 
A means of harmony and dignity,
For one human race.
Sweet Water Theorem

FW + BB = SW + SV + SF + WWWW
F is fish
W is water
BB is beneficial bacteria
SW is sweet water
SV are sweet veggies

SF are sweet fish

WWWW are world-wide wisdom workers web

SWF has just won a huge grant from Artplace America from this approach.

We have European “partners” who would echo these views.

Johns Hopkins David Love did large survey tbat came to same conclusion.


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