Appropriate technology villages

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'''Appropriate technology villages''' (though often by a different name) often are places where people live with, make and demonstrate [[appropriate technology]], i.e. technology for [[sustainability]], [[affordability]] and [[appropriateness]] to its setting. They have similarities with [[ecovillages]] and some sustainability-oriented [[communes]], and all these concepts overlap to a degree. Initial schooling into AT is often not available within the AT villages themselves, this is often left to the [[AT_school]]s, which are often situated in regular cities or villages.  An [[ecovillage]] can be considered an appropriate technology village, where the emphasis is indeed on technology and design appropriate to the [[context]], i.e. avoiding [[greenwash]] and the temptation to use conventional design with a slight improvement in green credentials.
== Real world examples: ==
* [ The Smoke-Free Village] in Andhra Pradesh, India
* [[Auroville]]{{wp supw|Auroville}} in India (though the emphasis is broader, and there is a spiritual basis).
=== Oceania ===
*[ Millenium Millennium villages]
* [[Soils, Food and Healthy Communities]] Ekwendeni village <ref>[ Ekwendeni village]</ref>
* [[Monte Cerro Solar Power Village]] - A project of the Tamera Community
* [[Arboricoli]] A highly sophisticated Experiment of the Damanhur Community in Italy
* [[Open E Land]] - In Extremadura, Spain
=== Latin America ===
none as of yet*[ Gaviotas]
=== North America ===
* [ ApTech Village], Bangladesh, "a supportive measure that plans to “show-case” technology to enable transfer of necessary know-how as well as building up of economic, technical, and managerial capabilities for the efficient use and further development of the transferred technology."
* The Self-help Corporation [] or Community Investment Enterprise is a way to organize people and resources that are excess to the market - allowing integrated production for consumption by the participants. Such an organization is uniquely suited to employ [[appropriate technologies]] as it solicits contributions of labor instead of contributions of capital.
* [ Eudea], a proposed wiki-ville, maker-stead, hacker-habitat, tinker-town, and technological eco-village, possibly located within proximity to the Bay Area, California.
== Detailed proposal ==
So here's the idea in a nutshell: take a patch of land in some low-cost-of-living area, probably a developing world country, and set up a profusion of different OSAT (open source appropriate technology), [[permaculture]] and other innovative living systems side by side. The idea is to have a place where a person can come to see not one working system in each category ("pumps",) but as many systems as can practically be installed and maintained running beside each other to enable comparison and cross training.
People can then come to the village for a year or so, live using the systems, learn their ins and outs, participate in operation and maintainance maintenance, install test systems, and generally get a first-class, year-round, fair-and-foul conditions education right across the board. They key is that this education is cheap. People without heavy external financial commitments could spend a year at the village for a few hundred dollars a month, making it an ideal opportunity for local subject matter experts, college students, development workers and similar groups who don't have much money, but may have time.
=== Funding ===
# Everybody gets time to learn about, critique, improve and cross-train on other people's systems.
This element, of "eating one's own dogfooddog food" by using the systems one promotes is a key factor in open source software development. Innovation is said to come from software developers "scratching an itch" - looking at something that they want to work differently, and then writing the software to make it work that way. In a similar manner, a group of fifty to two hundred appropriate technology experts, living together in a village, for a year or two, sharing ideas, using each other's others systems, and discussing lessons learned over the history of their technology, could easily become a global resource.
In future years, a mixture of students, locals, NGO workers from further afield, volunteers and those who are curious could come to the village, live for some extended period as a training course, and then return, taking their newfound new found expertise and sense of potential with them, to spread the news about what works around the globe.
Possible? For each organization, we would be asking them to fund development of one of "whatever they do" in the village. One well, one solar cooker per hut, one [[solar hot water]] system, whatever it takes. Given that they are already specialized in deployment of these systems, the marginal cost is probably small compared to the likely global benefit. We would also commit to documenting and publicizing the technologies deployed on the ground to help people clearly comprehend how much technological diversity there is in the field. I think a deal like this has a good chance of being attractive enough to individual charities to get participation.
== Notes ==
See also the Directory of European eco-centres centers
== Attribution ==
* [[AT factories]]
* [[AT_school]]
* [[AT_settlement_design]]
* [[User:KVDP/Trade route]]
* [[Eco-villages]]
* [[Intentional community]]
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