Sunday, September 19, 2004

Read this if you are new to the Blog

The Blog features the tapescripts (mostly) of groups` s sessions to invent sustainable technology. (We also feature examples of sustainable inventing - we are searching for a sustainable inventing methodology.)
The tapescripts are followed by notes to verify the method, the findings and to reflect on what is being learned.

The creativity techniques they use are a kind of visualisation, where they "visit" a place or country which has solved the problem they are dealing with.
They describe their experiences as they go.

For sustainability, groups have discovered that no new technology is needed, it is the way old technology is used that is the issue.

That is to say sustainability promoting inventions are social inventions.

Inventions so far:
Radiality (city planning to radically reduce transport needs)

Sustainability circles (like study circles but leading to sustainable behaviour)
Inventing for the sustainable planet: Porena ( journeys in short novel form)
Centres of well-being (on-going)

New social order" the go along society" Interview with Porena City Manager (borrowed Genius)

1 comment:

Beach Bum said...


There are many, many things that need doing and I'd like to suggest one that can have a pretty large impact.

The world throws away more than a million plastic bags a minute. These things don't biodegrade and continue to choke landfill and get ingested by innocent animals and sea creatures who die painful deaths as a result. They also continue to leech toxins into everything we eat and drink and touch.

No great invention here but we make and sell attractive and economical reusable fabric bags. Each bag we sell saves the world from close to 500 plastic bags. A small step, but one we can take every day.

I'd be grateful if you could include a link to my weblog, which is at I call it Saving our planet, one bag at a time. Here we discuss the successes some communities have had and all the marketing benefits corportaions can get from getting on to a "good" bandwagon. These make good business sense now.

Thank you and I wish you great success!

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