SOLAR STOVES: MAKING THINGS PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE

Photo: Solar technology in the CIFRES carpark, by Adrian Ely By Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor In the car park of the International Centre for Training and Research in Solar Energy (CIFRES) in Dakar, lie the remains of successive attempts to introduce solar technology into Senegal. Each day the researchers drink tea prepared in a…

DILEMMAS IN THE SEARCH FOR APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES

By Adrian Smith, STEPS Centre member This post is also available in Spanish at the Tecnologias Sociales blog. Observing national innovation policies around the world, one is struck by some recurring technological themes. Again and again, governments (and partners in business) seek innovation systems capable of exploiting information and communication technologies, bio-technologies, and nano-technologies. Diverse…

TRANSITIONS: HOW GOOD IDEAS GO GLOBAL

Traditional forms of energy supply are being challenged. Photo: Gas meter dials by Leo Reynolds on Flickr (Creative Commons) By Adrian Smith, STEPS Centre member How does a new way of doing things – say, fair trade, or community energy production – get a foothold? How does it avoid being overwhelmed or crushed by the…

SOCIAL TECHNOLOGIES

There’s an interview with Adrian Smith, STEPS Centre Research Fellow, about “social technologies and niches for sustainable transformation” in the September edition of Saber Cómo (the monthly newsletter of the Argentinean National Institute for Industrial Technology). There are also contributions from Renato Dagnino from Unicamp and Hernan Thomas from Quilmes University. Social technologies are processes…

OPENING UP RESEARCH FUNDING AT ATPS

By Adrian Ely The African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) network is made up of academics, policy-makers private sector and civil society. On the third day of their annual conference on “Africa’s response to global challenges through science, technology and innovation” I witnessed the network’s innovative approach to opening up the decision-making process for the allocation…

MANIFESTO: REPORT FROM NIGERIA ROUND TABLE

Adrian Ely writes: “I heard some inspiring talks at the second day of the ATPS conference, where 157 delegates from 32 countries (including the 23 in which ATPS has national chapters) have gathered to discuss “Africa’s response to global challenges through science, technology and innovation”…. A component of SET-DEV is the production of manifestos around…

MANIFESTO ON TOUR: KENYA

We’re off to Nairobi for two Manifesto events. The first is a day-long Roundtable, hosted by ACTS, on Friday. For the second, we’ll be joining the 4th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference in Africa (theme: “Science and Technology Enterprises in Africa”), where we’ll be co-hosting a reception and a short roundtable next Tuesday. I’ll be posting…