Week 14 Appropriate Technology (4 characteristics (Small , Cheap ,…
Week 14 Appropriate Technology
Any productive process or equipment that meets the following criteria:
Meets needs of majority in community
Employs capital, labor & resources in long term sustainable availability
Own-able, controllable, operable, & maintainable within certain community.
Enhances skills and dignities of employees under it.
Non violent to environment & people.
Socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
Alternative technology aimed at simpler, less wasteful lifestyle.
Often ignoring poverty and third world countries
Development of AT
1960’s-first developing decade:
Testing and adopting ideas
Improving traditional technology
Simplifying modern technology
Dominated by tech. and hardware
1990’s-madly off in all direction phase
Participation & sustainability were more prominent.
AT & the environment & politics
Environment may be affected if AT is implemented in certain regions because people who are in poverty rely on the environment for resources.
Politics in certain countries will be affected by integration of economic reconstruction in poor countries.