Technology of Peace
What if you could reach a site where you could not only watch a series of TED like videos about real life challenges but also along each video, you would have a full explanation on how to solve the problem similarly to instructables.com including :
Various public like students , pupils, educators, inventors could access this platform, learn, contribute to the platform, apply, modify the existing solutions and raise new challenges
This is what TOP- Technology of Peace - is all about
What are the characteristics of TOP technology ?
They address basic life necessities
TOP solutions use simple and available materials, tools and techniques. Thus, making these solutions sustainable for the people using them
TOP technology aims at creating minimum maintenance costs and improve life quality.
TOP technology is easily duplicated.
The principles of TOP technology distribution
TOP technology is distributed under a public treaty in order to make it easily accessible for people in rural poor areas.
TOP technology solutions and distribution models aim at addressing social economical and environmental issues
TOP inventors and contributors are credited and fairly endorsed.
The impulse for the TOP intuitive
TOP has been created in order to fill in the need for a place where people could find solutions of authentic problems for people as well upload their own solutions to challenges. Currently, there are only partial solutions to this need:
On one hand, TED provides a platform to some problem solvers who have the opportunity to describe their solution to a high level audience.
On the other hand, sites like instructables.com provide an excellent platform to document existing solutions, share and discuss with others and easily spread them.
People and organizations behind TOP
Kishorim LTD. - An Israeli based Social business company led by Eyal Bloch that specializes in sustainable development with over 20 years of experience
Ayala+.Net - An Israeli firm led by Philippe Scheimann developing educational & business initiatives & providing consulting to organizations around the world.
Philippe Scheimann and Eyal Bloch are leading the TOP initiative.
TOP invites organizations to be part of the alliance & contribute to its development.
Gathering authentic life challenges
Water is the driving force of all nature.
Leonardo da Vinci
How can I improve the health of the learners?
How can I improve the economic status of parents?
How can I improve my pupils diet?
How can I supplement the lunch program supported by parents?
Why do girls absent themselves from school during a certain period of the month
What causes fainting in school?
Toward renewable energy sources
"Education is the only way we can make our world a better place." Yanush Korczak
Sensing the future
How to help starving children ?
Providing rabbits (or substitutes) to families in need
The Challenge: A schoolmaster at Nakuru school, Kenya found out that children did not come to school because they were starving at home.
The Solution: Along the vegetables garden, he built a rabbit nursery, taught children how to take care of the rabbits,more
What does it take to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts?
Open Source is not just software
Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing world.
How to lighten houses that are dark even during daytime?
Build a solar bottle bulb
The communities who benefit from this idea live in areas where the houses hardly have windows and live in darkness even during daytime. Their solution up until this innovation was to turn on the light bulb and use electricity.
Alfredo Moser, the inventor of the lamp says:
It's a divine light. God gave the sun to everyone, and light is for everyone. Whoever wants it saves money. You can't get an electric shock from it, and it doesn't cost a penny.
how to power a family's home ?
Building a windmill
At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.
To power his family's home, young William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap -- starting him on a journey detailed in the book "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and the new film, "William and the Windmill." (more in Ted)
how to protect the cattle from lion attacks ?
Solar-powered solution invented by 13-year-old Richard Turere
Richard Turere, 13, doesn't like lions. "I grew up hating lions very much," says Turere, who is from Kitengela, just south of the capital Nairobi, Kenya. "They used to come at night and feed on our cattle when we were sleeping."
At the age of 11, Richard decided it was time to find a solution for protecting the family's cows, goats and sheep from being eaten by lions.
"One day, when I was walking around," he says, "I discovered that the lions were scared of the moving light."
He started to work on a system and despite the fact that had never received any training in electronics or engineering, he came up with a simple and low-cost system to scare the predators away. He arranged a series of flashing LED bulbs wired to switches and a car battery powered by a solar panel. It worked, since then his family has not lost any livestock.
"One thing that's unique about Richard is that if you give him a problem, he'll keep working at it until he can fix it," says leading Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu. "He doesn't give up; he doesn't find things too difficult; he's not afraid of being unable to do something and I think this is why he is such a good innovator."
How to face drugs, alcohol, violence and child labor in a slum ?
Musical instruments made from trash
In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials - and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams.
A heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless.
how to heat a room for little money
Using 2 or more clay pots of different sizes, a metal cake pan or bricks and small candles.
This awesome idea works on convection, which is accomplished by the air moving around between the two clay pots. This helps create a forced air effect which pushes the hot air around the room.
Here's our first centers
Institute of Education for Sustainability
David Yellin College, Jerusalem
Initiator of TOP
Frequently Asked Questions
How to create a TOP center ?
Please fill in the form and we'll get back to you
What kind of challenges are you talking about?
We address basic life necessities as well as challenges that are taking place in schools and universities.
What kind of solutions are you taking about?
We first focus on simple and replicable solutions.
In addition, some solutions to challenges may require specific skills and know-how. Those solutions can be commercial and we'll compensate the inventors accordingly.
How to suggest a challenge?
If you are a TOP center, you can easily raise a challenge through online submission.
Register TOP center
Please fill in the following form if you and your organization wish to become a TOP center