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A collection of Do It Yourself projects, re-learning "lost" skills of yesterday, and ideas that will shape tomorrow.
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SOLN1 - Build-it-yourself all in one solar panel with batteries and inverter

"The SolN1 makes alternative energy easy enough for the masses. Lets build these and make them available to those in need."

 

More info at: http://laserhacker.com/

 

Forum: http://laserhacker.com/forum/index.php

 

"Many folks just need a couple light bulbs and a fan to change their lives for the better. After a natural disaster you may also want to have one of these handy."


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Rosamaria's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:55 AM

Thank you so much! It's just what we need to stay safe during the hurricane seasson in the Caribbean.... I only hope I can built one for my self. But, what about the solar cels, are they available at say.... home depot?

The Planetary Archives™ 's curator insight, January 6, 11:29 AM

I could have used this in Belize.....

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We cannot avoid the global crisis… but we can deal with it

We cannot avoid the global crisis… but we can deal with it | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
The following is a speech by Paul Gilding delivered to the AGM of World Business Council for Sustainable Development Seoul, South Korea on October 31st, 2012.
G’day.
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US Elections: what no candidate says about energy and the economy

US Elections: what no candidate says about energy and the economy | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

"What if tools of the past no longer fit the economy of the future? Economic growth, as we have known it, is being constrained by an unprecedented slowing of growth in world oil supply. America’s path to future prosperity needs to recognize and confront this new energy reality, and adapt our economy to run on a lot less oil."

 

 


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Low-tech Magazine: Wood gas vehicles: firewood in the fuel tank

Low-tech Magazine: Wood gas vehicles: firewood in the fuel tank | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
During the Second World War, almost every motorised vehicle in continental Europe was converted to use firewood.
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Shareable: Share this Book! The Free Version of Share or Die

Shareable: Share this Book! The Free Version of Share or Die | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

Share or Die: The Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis.

 

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Fueling Long Term G-Local Innovation

Fueling Long Term G-Local Innovation | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
On Tuesday the 23rd of October, I had the honor and pleasure to speak on the subject of gLocality and innovation at the Udine’s DITEDI (District of Digital Technologies). During my speech, I first ...

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TED Blog | New TED Book: Mind Amplifier

TED Blog | New TED Book: Mind Amplifier | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

Augmentation always requires the individual human brain, the technological extension and the methods, language, and training that support use of the technology, and social communication among populations of individuals. In this extended e-book, I try to situate augmentation in the historical progression of human biological and cultural evolution and project a vision of where it might go in the future. -- Howard

 

"Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter? examines the origins of digital mind-extending tools, and lays out the foundations for their future. In it, Rheingold proposes an applied, interdisciplinary science of mind amplification. He also unveils a new protocol for developing techno-cognitive-social technologies that embrace empathy, mindfulness, and compassion — elements lacking from existing digital mind-tools."


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Permaculture with a Mycological Twist - Fungi.com

Permaculture with a Mycological Twist - Fungi.com | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
The Stametsian Model for a Synergistic Mycosphere...
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Gas Bubble Leaking, About to Burst

Gas Bubble Leaking, About to Burst | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
For the past three or four years media sources in the U.S. trumpeted the “game-changing” new stream of natural gas coming from tight shale deposits produced with the technologies of horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing.
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Genetic Engineering Fails to Increase Crop Yields | UCSUSA

Genetic Engineering Fails to Increase Crop Yields | UCSUSA | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields.
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Do It With Others - Maker Community Manifesto - Forbes

Do It With Others - Maker Community Manifesto - Forbes | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Maker Faire ® season is here. It is all year long, actually. Thousands of people turn out for large and small events around the world that are oriented at inspiring and enabling makers, hackers, inventors, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.
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Why Open Access Is Critical for the Future of Scientific Papers

Robin Good: Few people today are aware of how much scientific knowledge is being restricted and not made accessible to everyone, thanks to existing business model and the exorbitant subscription prices that scientific journals and magazines charge to their subscribers.

 

Since such journals are the key medium through which scientists can get their work published and distributed widely, the least accessible are these journals, the greater the amount of people who will not be able to read what such research documents contain.

 

Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen provide an in-depth explanation of why "open access" in the case of scientific papers is so critical for our future.

 

Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5rVH1KGBCY 

 

(Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for unearthing this one)


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Share or Die, Youth in Recession Call for Submissions - P2P Foundation

Share or Die, Youth in Recession Call for Submissions - P2P Foundation | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

Dear Commoners & P2P community,Below my signature is Shareable's call for pitches and submissionsto an anthology we're putting together


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Every part of our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan

Every part of our society depends on energy. Yet we don't have a plan | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Andrew Simms: Cutting household costs is vital, but that can only be part of a much wider approach to how we keep the nation going...

 

Then there is the climate question. The UK and the EU are committed to a course of action that will prevent temperatures rising by more than 2°C. And the latest science tells us that to meet that we can only afford to burn around one-fifth of the available, and economically recoverable, fossil fuel reserves between today and 2050.

 

There must be a strong sense of deja-vu in households bewildered by how their energy costs float up against a backdrop of rising international fuel prices but don't seem to float down when they reduce. Several factors explain why. The market is over-concentrated, with too few, too large self-interested energy companies that regulators either cannot or won't regulate in the public interest. Second, it is precisely because Britain has failed aggressively to diversify its energy supply, so that it remains highly vulnerable to changes in the prices of fossil fuels. Equally, the economic opportunity to invest at scale in energy efficiency and the insulation of Britain's old, draughty building stock would more than pay for itself bringing jobs, lower fuel bills, warmer homes in winter and boost the overall economy.

 

As it is, we suffer an uncompetitive market, with too little diversity of supply and a clean, renewables sector crying out for the investment conditions to expand, which is further hampered by a government too hidebound by economic doctrine to see the one policy – a green new deal – that could solve all these problems. So here is that rare political thing – a win-win situation. It's the sort of thing that great legacies are made of. With so many other problems around, wouldn't any politician want to grab it with both hands?


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Why Growth Is Ending (the elevator pitch)

Why Growth Is Ending (the elevator pitch) | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

Ever wondered how to explain the converging crises we face to someone in hurry?

"By the 1980s, electrification and car-buying had reached a point of diminishing returns in the industrialized world. Since then, spectacular new technologies have led to minor rates of economic expansion. This suggests that rapid oil/electricity-based growth was a historic one-off. Will we see more new inventions? Of course. Will they result in a booming economy? Not necessarily."

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