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At 6:21pm on June 6, 2008, Josef Davies-Coates said…
Appropedia is wonderful, thanks! :)
At 9:09am on November 3, 2008, Lucas said…
Thought you'd like to know I published this translation of your piece. It's just a great piece.

http://imagina-canarias.blogspot.com/2008/11/swadeshi-global.html
At 6:55am on November 20, 2008, Alexander Tran said…
Hi Chris! Um, where can I find the OSN twitters? I know they were tagged with #OSN but I'm a twitter noob so please enlighten me...

-Alex
At 9:22am on November 20, 2008, Sabina Podjed said…
Hi! Glad to meet you here.
At 4:30pm on November 27, 2008, cattavery said…
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.
At 4:29pm on November 29, 2008, cattavery said…
thanks for the tip i am headed back to Humboldt next year. The marsh pages are wonderful, one of my favorite local demonstration projects.
At 6:14pm on December 3, 2008, Alexander Tran said…
Hi Chris, Is there any place on the wiki or somewhere that there are pictures of the OSNCamp? Thanks!
At 6:32am on December 13, 2008, Alexander Tran said…
Thanks Chris!!
At 7:26pm on February 13, 2009, Alexander Tran said…
Hi Chris,

do you know anywhere that has portable composting toilets? Thanks

-Alex
At 9:35pm on February 13, 2009, Alexander Tran said…
wow thanks! I'm interning at Living Homes, a prefab/green arch firm and they want some "green" porta potties for their event.

-Alex
At 4:59pm on May 5, 2009, cattavery said…
yes I am up in So Hum right now. Maybe we can meetup in Arcata or something . Will you be at CCAT?
At 11:15am on October 22, 2009, Sepp said…
Hi Chris - happy to see that the note might be useful.
I will go back and add some more data/pics if and when time permits :)
At 5:07am on December 19, 2009, gmoke said…
Let me know when you're coming to town or perhaps I'll go to Guatemala some day.
At 6:53am on March 11, 2010, Irene said…
thanks!
At 2:50pm on April 12, 2010, Tómas Árni Jónasson said…
Thank you! Yes, I know Smári, but Vinay I haven't been acquainted with..
At 7:28pm on August 23, 2010, Clement Aigbogun said…
Thank you Chris
At 9:01am on December 16, 2010, Smarika said…

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. :)

At 10:27pm on December 19, 2010, Patrick O'Connor said…

Yeah, I've looked through the site, it's great. It seems like it has momentum. I've intended to contribute. Maybe I can make some time soon.

 

 

At 4:14pm on February 8, 2011, Vipen Mahajan said…

Posted on globalswadeshi a social networking site: http://globalswadeshi.ning.com/profile/Smarika#add_comment

 

Well I am into IT, re-engineering, management consulting and sustainable living. Returned to India (see http://indiaahead.net/tikiwiki/tiki-index.php?page=A+Journey+Home for details and my background etc).

 

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!. ).

ctd

 

 

At 4:14pm on February 8, 2011, Vipen Mahajan said…

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.

Vipen Mahajan

Feb 8th 2011.

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