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    Technology of Peace

    Introduction

    What is TOP all about?

    Technology of Peace (TOP) is a network of people connected by shared ideals and a website where you can watch a series of TED-like videos about real life challenges and get a full explanation about how to solve the problems through:

    • A holistic approach to the solutions that takes into account economic, social, and environmental aspects
    • Text, multimedia illustrations (photos, clips), and even software, explaining how to solve the problems
    • A list of the makers/inventors involved in the making of the solutions with whom you can communicate
    • A list of references

    Students of all ages, educators, and inventors can access this platform, learn from it, apply what they learn, and contribute to it by modifying the solutions, adding alternatives, and posting new challenges.

    TOP ...

    • Addresses basic life necessities
    • Improves quality of life
    • Offers solutions based on simple and available materials, tools, and techniques so that they are fully sustainable
    • Offers solutions that are easily duplicated
    • Ensures minimum maintenance costs

    TOP technology distribution

    • TOP technology is distributed under a public treaty to be accessible to people in poor, rural areas.
    • TOP technology solutions and distribution models address social, economic, and environmental issues
    • TOP inventors and contributors are credited and fairly endorsed

    The impulse for the TOP initiative

    TOP was created to fill the need for a place where people can find solutions to authentic problems and upload their own solutions to challenges. It fills the gaps that exist despite:

     

    TED – that provides a platform for some problem -solvers who have the opportunity to describe their solutions to a high level audience, and Websites – like instructables.com –that provide an excellent platform to document existing solutions, and discuss and share them with others.

    People and organizations behind TOP

    Kishorim Ltd. – Led by Eyal Bloch, Kishorim is an Israel-based social business company with more than 20 years of experience that specializes in sustainable development

    Ayala+.Net – An Israeli firm led by Philippe Scheimann that develops educational and business initiatives and provides consulting services to organizations around the world.


    Philippe Scheimann and Eyal Bloch are the leaders of the TOP initiative.

     

    TOP invites organizations to be part of the alliance and contribute to its development.

  • Web of People - TOP Founders

  • Challenges

    Gathering life challenges

    Water

    Water is the driving force of all nature.
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    How to:

     

    • Purify polluted water?

    Health & Well-being

    How to:

    • Improve the health of  learners
    • Improve the economic status of parents
    • Improve children's diets
    • Supplement lunch programs supported by parents
    • Understand why girls absent themselves from school for some days each month
    • Understand what causes fainting in school

     

    Energy

    Toward renewable energy sources
    How to:

    • Brighten houses that are dark even during daytime
    • Heat a room for little money
    • Charge a cellular phone

    Education

    "Education is the only way we can make our world a better place."

    – Yanush Korczak

    How to:

    • Empower people with disabilities
    • Change negative attitudes
    • Clean up the environment
    • Deal with an education system that fails to equip young people with relevant knowledge and practical skills

    Tuning into the future

    How to:

    • Irrigate a vegetable garden at school
    • Make the most of a $9 sub-computer (C.H.I.P.)
    • Make the most of a $3 controller
  • Solutions

    Simple, replicable

    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

    How to teach children to purify water ?

    Biosand filter

    JOEL OMINO SECONDARY SCHOOL, KISUMU , KENYA


    The challenge
    Students were suffering from water born diseases caused by drinking unsafe water in the school and at home. This affected their learning in school and regular duties as well as faced with huge medical bills.

     

    The Solutions

    Students were trained on how to make and maintain Biosand Water Filter. They were able to pass this knowledge and skill to the community.

     

    Results

    Students and members of the community are now able to attend school and their regular duties with less or no disruption caused by water born diseases and at the same time access safe drinking water at a cheaper cost and less or zero medical bill.

     

    Picture
    The President of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta listens to the students explaining how the Filter works.

    How to help children refugees coming from conflicted areas

    Nurturing the spirit of childhood in conflict and war striken areas

    The Challenge: children who have been traumatized by war and conflict
    The Solution: A pre-school teacher from Switzerland developed a way of working with (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.
    Clip

    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.

    Instructions on how to build a solar bottle bulb

    Purchase his book

    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."

    More details on CNN

    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

    Pots​

    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. 

  • TOP Centers

    Here are our first centers. Register a TOP center

    Institute of Education for Sustainability

    Jerusalem, Israel

    Founding member

     

    Contact: Eyal Bloch

    Email:ebloch@dyellin.ac.il

    IWA - Institute of World Affairs

    Washington D.C USA

    Founding member

    Working at the Intersection of Peacebuilding, Policy & Education for over 90 Years

    Since 1924, the Institute of World Affairs has been working to bring together individuals and communities to better understand and resolve conflict. This includes cutting-edge research on the practice and effectiveness of international peacebuilding as well as on-the-ground initiatives to bring local communities, business leaders, and government representatives together in constructive dialogue.

     

    Professional development programs and web-based learning initiatives designed for diplomats and staff of international organizations help bridge the divide between learning and practice. Round table discussions, conferences, and workshops bring together policy experts, community leaders, and decision makers.

     

    Contact: Hrach Gregorian

    Email:hgregorian@iwa.org

    Steve's garage

    Yodfat, Israel

    Founding member

    Makers - Network of classes for children and entrepreneurs on the use of electronics and software around open source hardware & software - Arduino, Raspberry PI

     

    Contact: Philippe Scheimann

    Email: pscheimann@gmail.com

    Elimu TV

    Kenya

    Founding member

    Enabling Education for All Children and Youth through ICT/Media

     

    Contact: Jane Muthiga

    Email:elimudm@gmail.com

    JOEL OMINO SECONDARY SCHOOL

    KISUMU , KENYA

    Founding member

    The challenge
    Students were suffering from water born diseases caused by drinking unsafe water in the school and at home. This affected their learning in school and regular duties as well as faced with huge medical bills.

    The Solutions
    Students were trained on how to make and maintain Biosand Water Filter. They were able to pass this knowledge and skill to the community.

    Results
    Students and members of the community are now able to attend school and their regular duties with less or no disruption caused by water born diseases and at the same time access safe drinking water at a cheaper cost and less or zero medical bill.

    Picture
    The President of Kenya H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta listens to the students explaining how the Filter works.

    Links:
    http://www.biosandfilter.org/
    Instructables: biosand filter: http://www.instructables.com/id/Biosand-Filter/

     

    Contact:James Aggrey Otieno

    Email: ja1957otieno@gmail.com

    RODI-Kenya
    Resources Oriented Development Initiatives

    Ruiru Kenya

    Founding member

    Resources Oriented Development Initiatives (RODI Kenya) is a kenyan development organization with a primary focus on restorative prisoner rehabilitation, crime prevention and administration of justice.

    RODI Kenya has a mission of promoting human dignity among communities in Kenya and Eastern Africa countries through enhanced food security, health and crime prevention.

    Contact:Eliud Ngunjiri

    Email: eliud.ngunjiri @yahoo.com

    YOUTH ACTION for RURAL DEVELOPMENT

    Thika Kenya

    Founding member

    Existing solutions:
    Water, Health, Education

    Water:
    The community should be encouraged to harvest rain water to cater for their daily use.

    Health:
    In terms of Health the community have been able to learn how to wash their hands after visiting the toilets and before eating.

    Education:
    Children should be taught on practical Skills at a tender age.

    Contact: Tabitha Nyakio Tene
    Email: tabithantene@gmail.com

    SHOPHAR KENYA

    Kisumu Kenya

    Founding member

    The word “Shophar” is Hebrew word meaning horn or trumpet (Britannica Encyclopedia) To the Hebrew mind horns were potent symbols (Bill Bratt) and horns were blown:
    on joyful occasions
    to confuse enemies
    at the beginning of every month
    to call sacred assembly
    as the sound of war
    Shophar Kenya, metaphorically shall make a breakthrough for ESD within the SDG’s remaining period for communities to embrace change for sustainable development as we “blow” the Shophar during implementation. The Shophar shall be “blown” to break “walls” that prevent sustainable social, economic, environmental and cultural development of our society like the walls of biblical Jericho that fell down when the Shophar was blown (Joshua 6:1ff) – and the enemies fled away.
    Contact:
    Kisumu City, Nyamasaria, opposite Nyamasaria Pr. School.
    P.O. Box 2038 Kisumu 40100
    Tel: +254 722 589003, +254 733 980229
    E-mail: shophar@shophar.org,
    shophar2015@gmail.com

    Schools and Colleges Permaculture Programme- SCOPE Kenya

    Thika Kenya

    Founding member

    SCOPE Kenya, which is a network of 18 civil society organizations, work with schools and communities in 11 counties. We promote an integrated and holistic approach to land use for food production, income generation and environmental conservation, something that our school curriculum lack.

     

    Contact : John Macharia – SCOPE
    Email: scope@scopekenya.net or scopekenya7@gmail.com

    Sahajanand special school

    Mtwapa Kenya

    Founding member

    Sahajanand special school is an ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) center of Excellence of children with special needs . The school is situated at Mtwapa, 20 kilometers south of Mombasa, Kenya.

    The school has 3 main Departments as follows:

    1. Special primary catering all categories of disabilities like children with hearing impaired, intellectual challenged, microcephaly etc.

    2 .Vocational training: we offer in this department the following courses for children with disabilities weaving shoe making, beads making, agriculture and more

    3 Inclusive technical secondary Department
    we run in this department a one stream secondary school with an emphasis on technical subjects like electricity, power mechanic, wood work, metal work building and contraction, Kenya sign language, art and design .

    Contact: Patrick Muzungu

    Email: sahajanandsp@gmail.com 

    Returning the Endangered Honeybees to Their Natural Environment and to the Beehives through Bio-Dynamic Beehives

    Return of the Honey bee

    Giv'at Ye'arim Israel

    Founding member

    Mission:

    Returning the Endangered Honeybees to Their Natural Environment and to the Urban Regions

    through

    Bio-Dynamic Beehives Establish Urban Beekeeping
     

    Our vision:

    Initiating the return of the honeybee to the world through the creation of an ecological and sustainable system within a social-environmental activity with highly global importance. In the core of this activity lies the establishment of bio-dynamic beehives throughout the World. This venture will encourage creating a bridge between people, nations and religions and will cultivate new income sources.

     

    Contact: Yossi Aud

    Email: yossiaud@gmail.com 

  • FAQ

    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

  • Connectedness Leadership Course

    Since 2009, the Jerusalem-based Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Institute has trained in Kenya over 800 people consisting of school head teachers , government officials, teachers, leaders of community organizations education officials, members of school boards of management etc.
    They were inspired to own their problems and to own the solutions. The shift of attitude from the victim mindset to proactive paved the way to transform problems to challenges to sustainable solutions. They solved existential problems like poverty, hunger,water pollution, security, education to the disable persons, school dropouts, drugs and substance abuse , youth at risk, etc
    In 2016 the work extended to poor women groups from poor and very needy background . The Women took intensive ESD seminar that transform and improve their live, but the most important was that they started to believe in themselves.
    In order to propagate solutions, involve and inspire more people, TOP was developed.
    TOP stands for Technology Of Peace, Transform Our Problem. It is designed for poor and disadvantage communities, to reach short-term success while improving life quality and building capacities at the same time.
    In October 2016, a group of civil society doers and leaders gathered at RODI to start TOP Kenya. They consist of head teachers who transformed their institutions into ESD model centres in Kenya ,Elimu TV Station. YARD Kenya, SCOPE Kenya, RODI and SHOPHAR Kenya.Others like KWEN Kenya have also come on board.
    The vision of TOP Kenya is to develop young leadership of youth that can connect:
    · Low-tech and High-tech
    · Permaculture and ICT
    · Human being and Mother nature
    · Their inner needs and abilities to outside challenges
    · The courage to think and act outside and inside the box.
    · Soil and Soul
    TOP is organizing a 3 month course named Connectedness leadership for 30 young social entrepreneurs from 5 different counties of Kenya later spread to the remaining 42 counties. The participants will create or join TOP centers so that solutions to challenges can be spread all over the country.
    The first lot will be for training of trainers.
    Please fill in the form:

     

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