Its lovely to know that you are the face of Appropedia. I really enjoy and suppport that project. I have been spreading word of it a bit among some other groups. What I also love is that my region is well represented in the CCAT offerings. Great work.
Thanks! In fact, I've been interested in the economic sustainability of an anarchist society for quite some time, because that's one of the first things people question when the idea is pitched. Have been developing the idea through the application of anarchist Gandhian theories to address the problem of "tribal development" in India; apart from well, using it to develop a jurisprudence for free culture (esp. as een in digital media~ Appropedia would be an example of that. :) )
Though I don't know any people here, I hope to have some interesting discussions. :)
I have assembled and built an aquaponics system, based on the barrelponic design. It worked. In 2nd year engineering (1963) I and a friend built a Stirling engine, which has been revived in this age for converting solar energy to mechanical motion (sustainable stuff).
I am working on Tele-Centers (there are over 100,000 govt sponsored CSK, or computer kiosks, in rural India and about another 150,000 more elsewhere. I am designing/developing these centers so they can become like Information Factories, for e=learning, education, Health Care, and ERP/CRM oriented, training/learning and creating rural out sourcing, for local (Indian) customers, and later for global markets. The objective is to give the suitable rural folk/kids an opportunity to learn IT and get IT based productive work right in their community, so they are not forced to leave the village and go to cities/metros, with a brain drain and a disruption of the village life. These are "village exports" for generating money inputs in return. The rest of the village continues to live an agrarian life, so it does not disrupt the village economy and social systems etc. Unlike what industrialization would do. (Gandhian philosophy, supplementing Gandhi’s Charkha, for making cloth locally and empowering the people, with technology, which can catapult the village into the 21sit Century, in a early time frame, less than a generation!. ).
I am keenly following Marcin's adventures with Open Source ecology, and in due course will try it out with the Tele Center people, to learn and switch over to solar energy (CSP, based on locally assembled concentrating steam power, and electric generation). This should in due course, with initial revenues from the Out Sourcing from the Tele Centers, kick off de-centralized local, hi-tech manufacturing, for and by the village. The goal being to take Gandhian philosophy and the use today's IT and advanced technology, to create a knowledge based hi-tech village economy, which can compete with regular industrial economies, without disrupting the village social systems etc which have stood the test of time (> 5000 years) for India, but having enough opportunities in the village community to live an advanced life style like in big cities/metros. So the migration from villages to cities is stopped, and hopefully reversed. On the food growing side, I will try out aquaponics etc, and would welcome ideas/suggestions in this area (I am not an agro person),
Status: The Tele Center design is ready for negotiating and prototyping , and we have 2 rural communities, in association with an Ex-Serviceman's NGO (lead by a visionary retd. General Chauhan one in the Chambal plains, or rather ravines, and an other in the hills of Kumaon. We are planning/discussing Tele Center introductions there. They have been designed for fast and complete replication, with eLearning based training and entrepreneurship training in built with the Tele Center ERP for standardized operations and management practices.
Feb 8th 2011.
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