WISIONS of Sustainability
Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
Solar Mobility in the Andean Highlands of Argentina
News from WISIONS posted on January 27th, 2015
This project advocates solar mobility as a solution for meeting the increasing mobility demands in two areas of the Jujuy province in Argentina; one in the Puna region and the other in the capital San Salvador. In December 2014, the first e-bike tracks in the Puna region were successfully established and reliable data about the performance of solar e-bikes in this mountainous region was collected.
Fundación EcoAndina has already established connections with Argentinian e-bike distributors and service providers in Buenos Aires and San Salvador de Jujuy, trained bicycle shops in customising standard bicycle wheels with motors and has set up a solar e-bike station at the EcoAndina's Centro Ecohuasi in the Puna village of Misa Rumi. During a workshop at "Ecohuasi" eight solar e-bike technology kits were fitted to regular bicycles and these are now ready for use.
Once the rainy season is over, the next stage of the project will be to promote the solar e-bikes to the target group in the Puna region, which will include training lessons and support.
You can find more general information about this SEPS project here: Solar Mobility in Andean Highlands of Argentina (SEPS10).
SEPS Exchange "Dragón de la Nueva Flama – Dragon of the New Flame"
News from WISIONS posted on January 22nd, 2015
The methodology makes use of artistic and creative activities in order to build emotional connections to the technology, which encourages greater acceptance and a better sense of ownership. IRRI México and ConcentrArte created the "Legend of the Dragon of the New Flame", which describes the environmental and social problems related to the unsustainable use of firewood and inappropriate disposal of organic wastes. The "Dragon of the New Flame" is used as a metaphor for biodigesters and the alternatives they offer for using natural resources in a more sustainable way.
IRRI and ConcentrArte developed various playful games and activities based on the legend, which were intended to unlock the emotional channels in both adults and children and, in turn, to provide excellent conditions for transferring and presenting knowledge in a participative way. Promotional activities using this creative approach were carried out in several rural communities in the Hidalgo and Yucatan states in Mexico. These practical experiences served to validate the effectiveness of the art-based methodology as well as adapt and improve materials and tools.
The experiences and results have been systematised and published in a manual, only available in Spanish, which can be downloaded here [pdf].
Additionally, on Sistema Biobolsa's YouTube Channel, you can find videos that complement the written materials, along with other information such as:
- a description of the project; and
- a version of the play "Legend of the Dragon of the New Flame".
More details are also available at ”Dragón de la Nueva Flama“ - Dragon of the New Flame (SEPS10) and there is an extensive photo album on our Facebook page.
Meet the WISIONS team at the "On Sustainability" Conference in Copenhagen
News from WISIONS posted on January 20th, 2015
This interdisciplinary conference, and its companion collection of journals, invites scholars to discuss sustainability through a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social concerns intersect. The special focus of this years conference is "Sustainability Dividends - Developmental Fault Lines".
The WISIONS team will present a keynote lecture on "Fostering the Transition Process in Developing Regions by Supporting Sustainable Energy Implementation Models and Regional Networks".
To find out more information about the conference, please visit OnSustainability.com.