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Provide skills, not just finished technologies.

 

It's all well and good to give people technology that improves their lives, but who's going to upkeep it? When you have technology that is above the populace you create a gap that usually is filled by someone with a specialization. Generally there's nothing wrong with people specializing. It means that you are good at something and are rewarded accordingly. But with a population of 6+ billion, there is the possibility that too much work could fall on those with the proper skills. The Common model of today is to simply put them on a list and make them wait, but now we're dealing with technologies that often mean the difference between life and death. Water Purification is a technology that needs as little downtime as possible. So the more people you have that can fix the problem, the better.

 

There are two ways we can do this. Either Provide A lot more education and training, or make the systems simpler.The former is often time draining, and not everyone can very easily fill the requirements, plus they generally think they should be paid more for their formally trained skills. While there is a certain merit to it this is not the optimal solution. The other way actually empowers the people in a community and makes them feel like they have a connection to their well being. This promotes a community identity, and standing. Have a simple technology that anyone can operate and upkeep, and you have empowered people to be able to take care of themselves. Now the production and engineering behind the tech might still be beyond some people, but not all. Open source plans and technical readouts are valuable because they allow those creative individuals who might have just the right mind to create innovations and advancements.

There are plenty of Technologies that are already in existence that fall under this category. Windmills are a beautiful example. Here’s a link to a story showing a young man who was creative and innovative despite the negativity.

http://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind...

If we can teach people how to do this, we can easily solve energy problems.

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Comment by Nick Heyming on April 8, 2010 at 3:03pm
Great post! I think when it comes to energy, it would be cool if people were taught a better understanding of how certain energy is good at certain things. Like wind, for example, generates a ton of mechanical energy. Thats why traditionally they used it to move things, like pumping water in Holland or crushing grain at mills. Its actually much less efficient to convert that mechanical energy to electricity. I just don't think alot of people grasp that simple concept...
Comment by David B Griffith on April 8, 2010 at 6:33pm
You are absolutely correct with regard to what it's more efficient at... but I don't know of anyone able to make a solar panel using scrap metal.

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