The following collection of links was researched by us in order to provide information about what forms of technology are used and developped by the global society, today. We want to show how that technology might be used to benefit the creation of a societal system that serves the goal of society optimally by developing methods and tools that serve our needs effectively while using resource efficiently without disturbing others or the Earth’s ecosystem. We want to help our readers creating their own vision about the contemporary and future possibilities that technology provides, as explained in the article about technology (→ The article about Technology).
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Our Technical Reality
Our Technical Reality is a documentary that is in tune with showcasing the science and technology standpoint. Douglas Mallette is passionate about the venus project and his technical background allows him to bring more data, facts and science to the table, which in combination with his ability to do public speaking allows him to address and spread the vision of the Venus Project to many people.
With his technical background, he can help bring others to the point where they see this new direction as possible, real and vital. The visions of the Venus Project would not be possible were it not for the advances in technology that are directly or indirectly attributable to space exploration, manned or robotic. It is the challenges of space that afford us the opportunity to think outside the box or more specifically, off the Earth. It is those challenges that drive innovation, like advanced recycling and reusability technologies, far more than any notion that profit and money are the motivators.
TED Talk: William McDonough on Cradle to Cradle design
Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account “all children, all species, for all time.” He champions “cradle to cradle” design that considers the full life cycle of produced goods and services. William McDonough practices green architecture on a massive scale. He has created buildings that produce more energy and clean water than they use. He is building the future of design on the site of the future of exploration: the NASA Sustainability Base. Additionally, he is designing seven entirely new and entirely green cities in China.
In 2002 he co-wrote Cradle to Cradle, which proposes that designers think as much about what happens at the end of a product’s life cycle as they do about its beginning (The book itself is printed on recyclable plastic.) From this, he is developing the Cradle to Cradle community, where like-minded designers and businesspeople can grow the idea.
English, subtitles in 22 languages
A small introduction to the Buch der Synergie
This is a short trailer to introduce Achmed Khammas’ web site “Book of Synergy”. On the site the technician endeavors to introduce his research about all forms of renewable energy that he came across during the past 20 years.
“… so I started to collect all my documents, books, letters and notes about renewable energy in general and start to write a book “Buch der Synergie” aka “Book of Synergy.” My idea was that the most people worldwide don’t get any relevant information about renewable energy devices, so they can’t even tell their politicians that they want to change from burning resources as coal, gas, oil or uranium.” Achmed Khammas
German, subtitles in English and Arabic
Geothermal Energy: Harnessing the heat beneath your feet
Right below your feet is a source of fast-renewable energy that is largely untapped. It heats groundwater by conduction and convection as it travels toward the surface of the earth. Lawrence Livermore National Lab scientists Carol Bruton and John Ziagos explains how geothermal energy can be used to generate electricity or heat buildings.
Sepp Holzer about permaculture
This is a clip from the film “Farming With Nature” about permaculture farmer Sepp Holzer. The film is part of the DVD “Sepp Holzer ́s Permaculture”. In the clip he explaits how to use a variety of plants in the same field to plant them in a way that nature does not need any pesticides. The plants are supporting each other. He created an edible landscape on 1500 m above sea level. Between the pinetree monocultures of Austria he built the biggest functioning permaculture landscape of Europe.
TED Talk: Louise Fresco on feeding the whole world
Louise Fresco shows us why we should celebrate mass-produced, supermarket-style white bread. She says environmentally sound mass production will feed the world, yet leave a role for small bakeries and traditional methods. As food, climate and water crises loom, Louise Fresco is looking hard at how we cultivate our crops and tend our livestock on a global scale. An expert on agriculture and sustainability, Fresco shows how cities and rural communities will remain tied through food, even as populations and priorities shift among them. Responsible agriculture “provides the livelihood for every civilization,” Fresco says, but adds that mere food aid is not a solution to world hunger. She hopes that smart, local solutions for food production will improve war-torn areas and ease the pressures of regulations on production. She argues the necessity to mechanize (and thus simplify) production procedures for small scale farms and poor farmers.
“There is no technical reason why we could not feed a world of nine billion people. Hunger is a matter of buying power, not of shortages.” Louise Fresco, NRC Handelsblad
English, subtitles in 17 languages
Plants For A Future: A resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Plants For A Future (PFAF) is a charitable company, originally set up to support the work of Ken and Addy Fern on their experimental site in Cornwall, where they carried out research and provided information on edible and otherwise useful plants suitable for growing outdoors in a temperate climate. Over time they planted 1500 species of edible plants on The Field’ in Cornwall, which was their base since 1989. Over ten years ago, Ken began compiling a database, which currently consists of approximately 7000 species of plants.
The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, promoting a high diversity, holistic and permacultural approach namely ‘woodland gardening’. “We aim to use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious eco-system and cause the least possible damage to the environment whilst achieving high productivity.”
Homegrown Revolution is a short film of the Urban Homestead Project (http://urbanhomestead.org). It was created to be shown at exhibits and presentations in collaboration with a PowerPoint presentation or speech by Jules Dervaes. This mini-film made its debut at Peter Sellar’s UCLA class in Fall 2007 and has since gone on to be invited to several film festivals around the world.
Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics
This Guide ranks leading mobile phone, TV and PC manufacturers on policies and practices to: reduce their impact on the climate; produce greener products; and make their operations more sustainable.