COMMONWEALTH WEEK: WHY WE NEED SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

It’s Commonwealth Week. Julia Day has written a piece for the IDS website about the Manifesto project, which highlights alternative ways to link innovation, science and technology to development. “Standard policies link innovation, science and technology to development in ways that are not always the most sustainable and equitable solutions for the people they seek…

PERI-URBAN FUTURES AND SUSTAINABILITY

By Pritpal Randhawa, Lyla Mehta and Fiona Marshall The future is increasingly urban. Urbanisation is increasing at the rate of 60 percent by 2030. Alongside this rapid expansion comes the emergence of the peri-urban interface: the increasing intensification and co existence of urban/rural linkages, marked by dynamic flows of commodities, capital, natural resources, people and…

MAKER FAIRE AFRICA 2010: CALL FOR ENTRIES

The team behind Maker Faire Africa 2010 put out the call for entries yesterday. Maker Faire Africa – “a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention” – takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on August 6th and 7th, 2010. (via Boing Boing)

HOW TO BE RADICAL AND ALSO BE PRACTICAL?

The Delhi roundtable for the STEPS project ‘Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto’ was extremely challenging and also helpful. This blog can’t do justice to the full discussion, so please check out the video, thanks to STEPS Coordinator, Harriet Le Bris, who did a fantastic job filming the event. We had a near-full room, more…