Technology can only be called "Appropriate", if it is appropriate for women. Demotech composed a report in the shape of an illustrated manual about the field experience gathered from 1979 till 1986. The Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation sponsored Demotech during the first years of that period. This report had to be as clear and meaningful to the people we worked with, as to the development experts who had to evaluate our work.
Demotech is dedicated to OPEN SOURCE development and user rights on knowledge. We strongly feel that conditions as prevailed among craftsman, specially in the old ages should return: Knowledge has to be shared without restriction, knowledge is only a description of facts that always have been there, that no one can own.
As a response to the terrorist attack of September 11th, 2002, entrepreneurship should develop a vision to enhance global stability Using new developments like networks and speeded-up innovation, the strength of entrepreneurship can be enhanced. Read more about the aspects of such entrepreneurship.
I wish you, reader of this story, a long life. But -as a start- please realize, you are going to share this planet in your old days with ten billion people. five billion of whom are expected to be unacceptably poor. Will your old day be a quiet one?
Leading a more sustainable existence can not only save you money and improve your health and the health of your community and the planet, it's also fun and fulfilling. It's a great way of better meeting people's needs by giving us more of what we want (e.g. health, a clean environment, personal time) and less of what we never wanted (e.g. illness, pollution, stress).
This article, published in Eloquent magazine, is about Reinder Van Tijen - who founded Demotech back in 1975 and has been applying all of the principles of traditional design thinking to his work, even long before the concept was invented.