Monday, February 1, 2010

Need for a Consortium for alternative open technologies

In my last blog 'To save our PLANET' I have presented an abstract idea about the need of a Consortium of all Nations for developing and popularizing alternative PLANET friendly technologies in place of existing technologies that are dangerous to the health of our precious planet. I think it as the need of the time and perhaps an effective follow up for Copenhagen.

Paragraph 10 of the Copenhagen Accord approved on 18th December 2009 states that "We decide that the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund shall be established as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the Convention to support projects, programme, policies and other activities in developing countries related to mitigation including REDD-plus, adaptation, capacity-building, technology development and transfer.

Paragraph 11 of the Accord states that " In order to enhance action on development and transfer of technology we decide to establish a Technology Mechanism to accelerate technology development and transfer in support of action on adaptation and mitigation that will be guided by a country-driven approach and be based on national circumstances and priorities."

So it is clear, paragraph 10 and 11 of the Accord provides a strong basis to think about a consortium of all Nations for alternative technologies.

Genesis of open industrial technology movement

The concept of open technology is very popular in Information Technology sector by way of numerous releases of GNU/Linux Operating System and web technologies  like mediawiki. The IT Sector also has a very strong open licensing policy and documentation. GNU/GPL and various Creative Commons licenses are being popularly used and discussed all around the world. These developments have also influenced industrial designing. Taking inspiration from Open Software technologies, an open design movement was started during 1999 with the formation of a Open Design Foundation ( ) to promote an alternative method for designing and developing technology, based on the free exchange of comprehensive design information. Though the activities of the foundation has not become much popular when compared to open source software movement, it is a good starting point for further discussions.Moreover now  we have a global cause to revitalize the movement with a planet friendly policy. Yes, we require collaboratively  developed open  and plant-friendly industrial technologies.

Why open industrial technologies?

When technologies are not open, especially in the case of technologies that have direct influence over day to day life, people keep on re-inveting variants of technologies that are existing but not accessible. These reinventions are always at the cost of valuable time and resources that are otherwise available for betterment of existing technologies. Another danger of reinventions is that because of market compulsions etc, at times, people may tend to compromise with the quality of end products. All these can easily turn hazardous to our PLANET.

It may not be possible to make all the existing industrial technologies  open for good reasons. It is not relevant to the context being discussed also. Here the call for openness is focused  on alternative planet-friendly technologies that are developed/being developed/ to be developed and are vital to the health of our PLANET. Perhaps we may need a new school of industrial ethics that can ensure healthy life to present and all the future generations to come.

Linking of various initiatives

A lot of researches are being conducted/ works are being carried out in the vast area of PLANET FRIENDLY technologies under numerous initiatives of various national and international agencies throughout the world. Whether it is identifying and eliminating  the hazardous  chemicals being used in industry or  researches for alternative sources of energy  or researches to develop alternatives for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, all such initiatives can mutually support and provide additional momentum to one another. In short, these initiatives have to be linked together to make them supplementary or complementary to each other so that maximum desired output from the invaluable resources, including time and efforts, being spent on them can be ensured. A Consortium of all Nations for alternative technologies as suggested above can effectively coordinate these initiatives.

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