Economic Multipliers (107)

Do you know what these are?

They help CREATE wealth in systems.

A bucket of water is an economic multiplier.


That water is an economic multiplier seems so obvious: It is needed to sustain life.

Did you know though, that if you soak bricks in a bucket of water (particularly relevant in arid climates), the masonry strength on any construction project can more than double?

I ran across this particular phenomenon when I ‘asked’ the Internet about earthquake resistant building design. (See P.S.)

The work of a Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand and an organization called Build Change popped up. A mason and engineer by training, Dr. Strand has been doing research on and helping teach people how to design buildings that do not fail or that fail minimally when disasters strike.

When any disaster strikes and communities and nations need to respond less because less bad things happen, everyone is wealthier.

You may not even know that you are wealthier because the disaster seemingly had no impact upon you. But the mere fact that less resources had to be spent anywhere means that if your part of the world ever needs help, it’s more likely that you’ll get it.

People all over the world are finding ways to change probabilities for the better … probabilities that when increased, basically take nothing away from anyone else …

Have you been helping?


How many different things could you do with a bucket of water? I’ve listed a few:

  • Drinking water

  • Cooking

  • Cleaning

  • Watering plants and animals

  • Bathing

  • Hydrating cement and other things

  • Cooling


P.S. It’s possible to ‘ask’ the Internet about how to prepare for floods, how to strengthen structures so they are more resistant to high winds and all sorts of things.