Social impact activities – brief description

Technology of Peace

(A) Open Technology
Today’s youth can be characterized as “digital natives.” To engage them TOP is
providing training in Open Technology via the Open Computer (Raspberry Pi). The training
is designed to create connectedness in multiple dimensions to themselves, to nature, to
digital culture, to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to relevant segments of
their community.
This training has empowered youth to launch their own initiatives, such as a “Green
Wall” project, and environmentally friendly building façade that utilizes a self-made computer to
manage irrigation for greenery on the wall. Other training has produced such results as:

  • Creation of TV encoders/transmitters based on open computer technology. It is having an
    impact on the telecom market, reducing the cost of a system for internet TV broadcast by
    80%.
  • Development of a CNC (Compute Numerical Control) machine based on Raspberry Pi
    sub-computer. A a small business has evolved around one machine that with additional
    investment can have a substantial impact on local markets by substantially reducing
    costs.
  • “From Digital Waste to Social Gold”
    This is a pilot project that because of COVD-19 is currently sited only in Israel.
    Companies and individuals donated unused computers, then technical teams from schools
    recycled them using a Linux operating system. Hundreds of the computers were offered to
    families and children in need in exchange for a commitment to volunteer to serve their
    community in various capacities. More information, including a documentary, can be found
    at explanation.

    (B) Development
    “Coffee Ecosystem: From #farm to #Cup”. T.O.P is collaborating with Kenya’s state
    owned NKPCU company, which includes 750,000 coffee farmers, to provide support in training and mindset shifting, marketing, implementing technology for full traceability, smart phones, and an AI platform to enhance transparency and govern by value.

    (C) Food Security
    Food security is one of the biggest challenges in the developing world. Green walls
    mentioned above are one TOP project designed to provide individual families with the capacity to produce food through the creation of such walls at home. TOP has trained trainers in Kenya to expand this effort and there are now many hundreds of green walls in the country. The green wall helps to improve family diet, save water, and to generate income.
    “Food upcycling”
    Food waste can be converted into various products to improve quality of life and enhance
    opportunities to earn money. A good example of this concept is the avocado seed, which is a rich source of mineral elements, such as calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. The avocado seed is dried and grinded for a variety of uses such as a health supplement to traditional dishes. One participant in a TOP food upcycling project transformed rotten avocados into shoe polish. More upcycling efforts are underway as people better understand and apply the concept.

    (D) Women’ Empowerment
    KWEN is a Kenyan NGO composed largely of women that is dedicated to economic
    empowerment. Its approach is table banking, one of the more successful versions of micro
    finance. T.O.P provided KWEN intensive short-term training on sustainable development. The most significant impact was the transformation in mindset, where the women became more active entrepreneurs. One woman started a brick factory and others took action that dramatically increased the organization’s pool of operating capital.
    This was done without soliciting any donations.