Hi !
I'm an analytical, strategic reformer & innovator with a conscience (or "Principle(d) Advisor"), working on public service strategy/transformation & 'technology disruption' of other industries, including:
Oh yes, and I've also been doing a lot of thinking about the mind and figuring out the answers to life, the universe & everything!
So basically just trying to save the world, from my laptop - pursuing truth, justice & the British way (if that's not too inconvenient?)!

Follow the links above or at the side panel to see more on each area, or click here for slides with an overview of nearly everything on this web site (at 17 Nov. 2018).
You can also find a rambling blog of pontifications in my public Facebook posts.
Some of my ideas on this site I have a high degree of confidence in; others are just speculative but plausible hypotheses to solve a problem or fill a gap in current knowledge.
The commonality in what I do is my ability to identify patterns and inconsistencies, and my willingness to think without boundaries in order to generate transformative solutions to social, economic, environmental & technical/scientific problems.
You can see I'm a deep thinker, and I also like radical change - humankind will not progress by staying the same (the only kind of Status Quo I like is deep, or crazy like here!).

Now before you dive in, if you're one of those people who like to judge others based on a label, then firstly, please don't, but anyway, if you're wondering whether I'm left or right wing, then I have to say that, like many others, I'm so disillusioned with current political parties & their destructive tribal battles (especially when political labels are so often used to disrespect people and block debate) that I'm happy not to fit in any category these days.  I suppose I reasonably conform to the adage"If at age 20 you are not a communist then you have no heart, but if you're still a communist at age 30 then you have no brains."  But I still have a heart, so despite recognising the benefits of capitalist markets, I now support a reformed "stakeholder capitalism" with a progressive tax & welfare system to redistribute wealth, because I remain passionate about equality, although I'm open-minded as to how to achieve this.  However, whilst I think it can be useful to identify some "groups" in society who are more disadvantaged than others, I despise "identity politics" (pursued especially by the left) and am concerned by increasing attacks on individual freedoms in western societies through politically-correct culture wars (although I accept the need to limit extreme hate speech) and via totalitarian State-controls (often by "right-wing" governments, contrary to their traditional libertarian philosophy).  And on this, a warning - despite my left-leaning inclinations, my free-thinking and direct/blunt writing style (a product of ASD) are especially likely to offend the "woke" and hard-line feminists, particularly in my comments on DV, gender and queer issues.
Similarly, I'm still committed to protecting the environment (I did a Ph.D in solar energy), yet am heartily sick of irrational Green zealots, who are so often their own cause's worst enemy.  In some respects you could say I'm an occasionally socially-conservative but broad-minded & compassionate radical market-reforming, economically-rational, green-leftie anti-PC libertarian, if that makes any sense!  And as a well-educated engineer, I'm also a big supporter of Tony Blair's pragmatic and "radical centre" philosophy of, "What works is what matters" (which unfortunately he seemed to abandon for righteous & blinkered ideology when invading Iraq on a lie).  Not that any of this about me matters; it shouldn't, because what matters, I hope, are my thoughts about the various issues on this site, which now exist independently of anything else about me.

This is my personal site (nothing confidential IMO).  It's a Google site but you can get to any page by typing davidthorp.net/[subpage]/[subpage].  
I know it's not very stylish, but I'm hoping the content will make up for it (a bit like me really!) - feel free to volunteer to make it look fancy! (I've added some pictures I found on the web to liven it up, which if you click should take you to the source, so it's free advertising for the source sites, but please let me know if there's a problem.)
You can also see I often use rather long sentences - sorry, I'd make it shorter if someone actually paid me to devote more time to it!  But every now and then I review, rewrite & update sections, especially as I come across new relevant articles to reference.

developed a lot of the ideas here on economicsenergy and transport before 2006, but have created most of the content on this site since 2015/16, when I discovered the metro rail plans (I say "discovered" as in a strange way they just seemed to reveal themselves to me - I simply saw the "dots" and joined them up!).
For more recent & significant additions, see my updates page.

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