4. Energy & EcoTech

Despite the fact that many 'Technological Improvements' haven't managed to improve the quality of life for the majority of people, but have brought more problems & pollution, we still keep expecting the arrival of a more modern technology, perhaps a more 'ecological' one, that will restore & reverse the damage made.   

Infact, it is possible, but not without having more citizens with a better understanding & a wider vision of what technology is, & who also understand some basic science necessary in order to be able to think for ourselves on these subjects.   

The technology of the home, or bio-construction, is a close & important example for all of us, which will be highlighted during the course.

This module consists of 10 classes or chapters:

You can see the subjects covered in each class in the programme of the slide show at the top on the first page of each chapter.     

Some of the additional materials available in this manual for each chapter are detailed here in the menu to the right >>>

Below are some more general introductory materials for this chapter.

Why We All Need to Be Neo-Luddites

TEDxDirigo - Paul Josephson

Vídeo de YouTube

Paul Josephson is a specialist on the former Soviet Union and the place of big technology in the modern world. He is the author of nine books and many articles -- including a history of the fish stick. He teaches history and history of technology at Colby College. He focuses on technology and democracy and how large scale technological systems nearly always have irreversible human and environmental costs. Paul's field research has taken him to Siberia, the Russian Arctic, and Amazonia, and he has stood on the number 2 block of the Chernobyl reactor.

Free Introductory Conference

Technology and Energy Accounting

note the free MiniCourseA includes an EcoTechnology class

We know that the options that we take in terms of technologies and which energy sources we use can totally change the course of history, and the appearance of our society
, but very few people really understand the critical foundations of these subjects enough to consciously and actively get involved in this dialogue.   In this conference we give some of the pointers to improve this situation. 

Contents of these 10 Chapters: