I am working on creating an online network for the real-world network of
appropriate technology engineers. I haven't charged anything for doing
this work, as it is a labor of love, but their may be an opportunity to
barter my service for something else in the near future.
Where value and desire exist, humans will ALWAYS find a way to obtain the objects of their desires and values. It's common even in prisons, where almost every social privilege is taken away from inmates. Inmates create new currencies INSIDE prison walls to exchange goods and services such as cigarettes, weapons, and physical protection. Here is a paragraph from an article I read that expands on this concept:
One of my ideas would be to turn off the water supply in individual residences, and only have rations of water available from a centralized location in a city or town. Even if for a day, people would get the experience of having to walk a distance for a ration of water, and even for flushing their toilets!
Never mind that the water would already be clean for consumption, while most of the world cannot afford that luxury, at least the inconvenience of having to walk to get the water… Continue
This past weekend I attended the 4th annual symposium of the International Network on Appropriate Technology. Many presentations were made, and among them were various water purification systems. One that stood out was a solar-powered Ice Maker that turned water into clean ice, so that people in rural and remote parts of the world can refrigerate food and milk. The ability to have refrigerated food and milk also helps to generate local economies, as people can sell more of their food products… Continue