Our climate is changing at an extraordinary rate. While this is plainly visible in our glacier landscapes, we also rely on aerial and digital technologies to see the full extent of changes across larger scales and timeframes.
This project aims to adapt these technologies creatively to communicate the science behind our changing climate in more compelling ways.
Experimenta Distrito, projeto de inovação cidadã do Media Lab Prado em Madrid.
Hacking Ecology aims to promote global access to high accuracy water monitoring systems using the most powerful open source tools to make it possible.
"Innovation" is one of capitalism’s most popular buzzwords. Its function is to sustain the myth that business genius creates society’s wealth.
A bióloga goiana Nathália Machado ensina e mostra na prática a sua Agrofloresta que nasceu há 6 meses no Jardim América
Cidadãos disseram sim e estão fazer acontecer no bairro de Santiago, em Aveiro. O primeiro laboratório cívico português está em marcha e cheio de força. Tem dez projectos já a avançar.
A selection of projects, organisations and useful tools for social-impact tech
RetroSuburbia is part manual and part manifesto. The book shows how Australian suburbs can be transformed to become productive and resilient in an energy descent future. It focuses on what can be done by an individual at the household level (rather than community or government levels).
RetroSuburbia is a source of inspiration, introducing concepts and outlining patterns and practical solutions. It empowers people to make positive changes in their lives. As with David’s previous work, it is thought provoking and provocative.
ECO coins are earned through sustainable actions
Eating meat-free meals, switching to a green energy provider or riding a bike to work can earn you ECOs which you can spend in our new sustainable marketplace to buy ecological experiences, services and goods. This is a new way to track, measure and reward sustainability so that now you can do good and get paid.
ECO coins are stored in digital wallets accessible through a mobile platform. Sustainable actions are verified by inspectors, through smart IOT integration (e.g. a smart thermostat linked to your phone) and by certified vendors.
Atualmente umas das frentes de atuação da FEC na área de saneamento descentralizado é o projeto” Saneamento Rural”, projeto de pesquisa e extensão que visa desenvolver ações de pesquisa e extensão universitária na área de saneamento rural, especialmente no âmbito do esgotamento sanitário. Atualmente as ações são realizadas junto à comunidade rural de Pedra Branca, em Campinas, SP.
As the gig economy grows, more and more stories of worker exploitation are coming to the fore. And as reports of shady labor practices at Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Postmates, and Amazon Mechanical Turk show, these issues run rampant across all sectors of the gig economy. In the home services industry, the platform Handy has made a name for itself, connecting people with pre-screened professional cleaners, fixers, and other professionals. Within three years of its founding, however, the company already faced lawsuits for allegedly underpaying workers and making them pay severe fees for minor transgressions.
To counter poor labor practices, gig workers and entrepreneurs are now taking matters into their own hands by launching their own digital platforms for various services. Called "platform cooperatives," these businesses bring the structure of traditional cooperatives, including worker ownership and governance, to the digital world.
"In fact, there are a lot of things that could have been done in New York to prevent the kind of devastation that we saw during Hurricane Sandy, from basic adjustments and investments in infrastructure to more radical, but still very practical changes—like the proposal to green the coast of the city with wetlands and marshes that can absorb the energy of incoming water during storms. (This is a much more realistic and affordable solution than the idea of building higher and higher sea walls around the city, which is being floated by some politicians.) The fact is that the New York City coastline was expanded many years ago by creating and building out an artificial landfill. Not surprisingly this area is among the most flood prone in the city."
Development Alternatives (DA), the world's first social enterprise dedicated to sustainable development, is a research and action organisation striving to deliver socially equitable, environmentally sound and economically scalable development outcomes. Our green technology innovations for habitat, water, energy and waste management, which deliver basic needs and generate sustainable livelihoods, have reduced poverty and rejuvenated natural ecosystems in the most backward regions of India.
Since inception DA is dedicated to systemic transformation. It started by analysing the changes that were needed in the existing societal and economic order to ensure that the wellbeing of the marginalised and the health of the environment is maintained and regenerated, for long into the future.
What’s needed is a new story in which care for the places where we live is a practical focus for solidarity. In that spirit, a series of xskool workshops called Back To The Land 2.0 brought local actors together, in diverse locations, to flesh out this new story of place with live examples. The text below (it’s about 4,000 words, a 20 minute read) is about the lessons we have learned so far. It builds on the course we helped run at Schumacher College a year ago and in June. (Illustration above: Terre de Liens)
RESUMO: Este artigo discute os conceitos de inovação, inovação social e inovação tecnológica com o intuito de analisar a dicotomia existente entre esses termos em suas epistemologias e práticas. Após um longo período em que inovação esteve relacionada a um processo social, a partir da segunda metade do século XX o termo passa a definir processos relacionados somente ao desenvolvimento tecnológico e econômico. Recentemente, inovação social volta a ser discutida, embora muitas vezes adquira sentido restritivo às ações de combate à exclusão social e ao desgaste ambiental promovidos pela inovação tecnológica. Este estudo ressalta a importância desses conceitos caminharem juntos para a definição de políticas e estratégias para a inovação com foco na sustentabilidade do planeta. Para a melhor compreensão dos termos, uma análise bibliográfica e um estudo do caso da impressão 3D mostra como processos de inovação se relacionam tecno-socialmente, tanto em conceitos quanto em ações. O estudo apresenta uma matriz analítica que permite, por um lado, sistematizar e comparar esses conceitos e por outro, verificar como inovações sócio-técnicas promovem a sustentabilidade na esfera ambiental, social e econômica, e serve como subsídio para a construção de políticas para o setor. Ao final, percebe-se necessário estudos que consigam determinar e mensurar processos organizacionais de práticas sustentáveis nas esferas sociais e tecnológicas concomitantemente.