Resource Guide: Technology
provides software called e-activist for managing campaigns. You can access a free demo at their web site.www.advocacyonline.net(Editor's note: this resource was update on Oct. 9, 2008. The E-Activist used to be developed by volunteers, but is now operated by Advocacy Online.)
The Edmonds Institute
focuses on the environment, human rights and human health, and economic impacts of technology and intellectual property policies. The Institute is a cofounder of Diverse Women for Diversity, an international coalition of women responding to globalization by creating diverse solutions at the local level and a common defense at the global level.
20319 92nd Ave. W, Edmonds, WA 98020, 425/775-5383,www.edmonds-institute.org
International Center for Technology Assessment
(ICTA) is a legal organization fighting mega-technologies and technocracies, including genetic engineering and the patenting of life, the use of the combustion engine, the use of ozone-depleting technologies; defending the integrity of organic food; protecting animals from abuse in research and agriculture; and halting deforestation.
666 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 302, Washington, DC 20003202/547-9359, www.icta.org
Organic Consumers Association
(OCA) promotes food safety, organic farming, and sustainable agriculture, and provides information on genetic engineering, irradiation, toxic sludge fertilizer, mad cow disease, and rBGH. Publishes two electronic newsletters: Organic View and BioDemocracy News.6101 Cliff Estate Rd., Little Marais, MN 55614, 218/226-4164, www.organicconsumers.org
American Solar Energy Society
(ASES) is the United States section of the International Solar Energy Society. It promotes the widespread near-term and long-term use of solar energy through its National Solar Energy Conference, publications, Solar Action Network, and regional chapters throughout the country.2400 Central Avenue, Ste. G-1, Boulder, CO 80301, 303/443-3130, www.ases.org
American Wind Energy Association
(AWEA) is the national trade association that represents wind energy advocates, wind power plant developers, wind turbine manufacturers, utilities, consultants, insurers, financiers, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry. Its website is a great place to start your research on virtually any wind-related topic.122 C Street NW, Suite 380, Washington, DC 20001, 202/383-2500, www.awea.org
Fuel Cells 2000
is an activity of the Breakthrough Technologies Institute (BTI), a nonprofit formed to promote the development and early commercialization of fuel cells and related pollution-free, efficient energy generation, storage, and utilization technologies and fuels.1625 K Street NW, Suite 725, Washington, DC 20006, 202/785-4222, www.fuelcells.org
Home Power Magazine
, subtitled “The Hands-On Journal of Home-Made Power," is published bimonthly. It includes detailed instruction on home power systems in each issue. The “Solar Energy Education” section of the organization's website also features detailed maps and data on the solar and wind energy potential of locations throughout the US.PO Box 520, Ashland, OR 97520, 800/707-6585, www.homepower.com
is an organization composed of global leaders in industry, government, and science who believe that it is not only possible, but imperative, that hydrogen become a principal energy carrier for fueling mankind's needs.www.HydrogenNow.org
, a website maintained by a Santa Cruz-based consulting firm called EcoSystems, is a valuable source of news, opinion, and analysis on all aspects of “The Coming Global Oil Crisis,” including those likely to be precipitated by President Bush's energy policy.www.oilcrisis.com
Turning Down the Heat
is a David Suzuki documentary that showcases a wide variety of renewable energy technologies in use around the world today, from hybrid cars, that uses both electricity and gas, to a Danish wind farm, to a California solar installation, and a kid-powered Canadian energy conservation effort. 49 minutes.
Available through the National Film Board of Canada, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4820, New York, NY 10118, 212/629-8890. Email: NewYork@nfb.ca.
The Intermediate Technology Development Group
(ITDG) Founded by the economist E.F. Schumacher to prove that his Small Is Beautiful approach can bring real improvements to people's lives, ITDG works worldwide with poor communities to develop appropriate technologies in food production, agro-processing, energy, transport, small enterprise development, shelter, small-scale mining, and disaster mitigation.Bourton-on-Dunsmore, Rugby, UK, CV23 9BR, +44 (1926) 634400 FAX +44 (1926) 634401, www.itdg.org
The National Center for Appropriate Technology
(NCAT) provides economically disadvantaged people with access to appropriate technologies. NCAT projects range from low-tech to high-tech, including weatherizing houses, training farmers, monitoring energy use, demonstrating renewable energy technology, testing new products, and providing information on building construction.P.O. Box 3838, Butte, MT 59702, 406/494-4572,www.ncat.org
Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group) formerly RAFI
(ETC Group) is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable improvement of agricultural biodiversity and to the socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies. RAFI is among the leading organizations informing the public on issues of genetic diversity—especially in agriculture—and about the impact of intellectual property on agriculture and world food security.478 River Avenue, Suite 200, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0C8 Canada, 204/453-5259,www.etcgroup.org
democracy & politics
The Center for Democracy and Technology
(CDT) is a good place to start if you're interested in tracking (or getting involved with) policy issues related to the democratic evolution of the Internet. The CDT regularly convenes broad-based working groups composed of public interest and commercial representatives of divergent views to explore solutions to policy issues, such as privacy, open access, and freedom of speech.
1634 Eye Street NW,Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20006, 202/637-9800,www.cdt.org
Innovations in Democracy
, a project of the Co-Intelligence
Institute, is a website offering a unique, alphabetical listing of at least
100 innovative practices, ideas,
experiments, organizations, and references useful for building “wiser democracies,” defined as “systems of politics and governance, of citizenship and activism, which creatively engage more of our human capacities. Their goal is not only to better address today's pressing social and environmental problems, but to help us build more desirable futures for ourselves and all the generations after us.”www.democracyinnovations.org
The Loka Institute
explores the social, political, and environmental repercussions of research, science, and technology. Their website and Loka Alerts contain some of the freshest thinking in democracy, science, and technology.PO Box 355, Amherst, MA 01004, 413/559-5860, www.loka.org
New Community Networks
is an on-line book by Douglas Schuler, a leading figure in the field of community networks and other civil society innovations. His book, which has been described as a “bible for community networkers,” includes theory, practical tips and tricks, and numerous case histories that show how the Internet can be used to enhance, rather than erode, community life.www.scn.org/ncn
, subtitled “Fundraising and Internet Tools for Politics,” seems like the ultimate website for political junkies. The site includes the latest US and world news related to politics, e-journal subscriptions, media references, and a politics online toolbox that includes an online fundraising program. Includes a list (with links) of “The 25 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics.”www.politicsonline.com
The Early Connections
provides resources for educators and care providers in terms of technology and children. The website includes the publication entitled Technology in Early Childhood Education: Finding the Balance.www.netc.org/earlyconnections
The Center for Children and Technology
(CCT) was founded to address the issue of technology and learning. CCT conducts research, designs prototype technology, and provides professional development for teachers and strategies for ensuring equitable access to technology resources.
96 Morton St., New York, NY 10014, 212/807-4200www2.edc.org/CCT/
science & public policy
The Center for Science in the Public Interest
(CSPINET) is concerned about the link between industry and science and how the demands of the former can undermine the public-interest mission of the latter. Conflicts of interest, biased studies, and secrecy all war with science's truth-seeking objective. The CSPINET website begins to lift that veil of secrecy by providing journalists, activists, policy makers, and the public with information about the links between numerous scientists and corporate America.
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 300, Washington, DC, 20009 202/332-9110, ext. 322,www.cspinet.org/integrity
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
(CPSR) is a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others concerned about the impact of computer technology on society. The group undertakes projects at both the local and national levels.PO Box 717, Palo Alto, CA 94302, 650/322-3778, www.cpsr.org
The Federation of American Scientists
(FAS) conducts analysis and advocacy on science, technology, and public policy, including national security, nuclear weapons, arms sales, biological hazards, secrecy, education technology, information technology, energy, and the environment.1717 K Street NW, Suite 209 Washington, DC 20036, 202/546-330, www.fas.org
Rocky Mountain Institute
(RMI) advocates advanced resource productivity, systems thinking, positive action, market-oriented solutions, end-use/least-cost approach, biological insight, corporate transformation, the pursuit of interconnections, and Natural Capitalism. RMI's website is a great source of information and links regarding the hydrogen economy, renewable energy sources and the development of a fuel-efficient “hypercar.”
1739 Snowmass Creek Road
Snowmass, CO 81654-9199,970/927-3851, www.rmi.org
Science and Environmental Health Network
(SEHN), founded in 1994 by a consortium of North American environmental organizations, is the leading proponent in the United States and Canada of the precautionary principle as the basis for environmental and public health policy. SEHN focuses on key issues—including agriculture, biotechnology, reproductive and developmental toxins, and the practice of science in the public interest— that represent the interface of science, ethics, and the environment.www.sehn.org
The Union of Concerned Scientists
is an alliance of 50,000 citizens and scientists combining scientific analysis, innovative thinking, and citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world. The organization conducts technical studies on renewable energy options, the impacts of global warming, the risks of genetically engineered crops, and other related topics and shares the results with policy makers, the news media, and the public.2 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02238, 617/547-5552www.ucsusa.org
was one of the founders of Minnesota's ground-breaking e-Democracy website, which continues to evolve and inspire other experiments in Web-based democracy. Clift's own thinking has also continued to evolve through his writing, consulting, and continued leadership of the Minnesota project. He regularly reports his learnings in an online newsletter and personal website.www.publicus.net
, cofounder and CTO of Sun Microsystems, shocked the high-tech world with his prediction in Wired magazine that three powerful 21st-century technologies—robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech—could make humans an endangered species.www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/
, author of a legendary email exchange with Nike for a pair of custom shoes emblazoned with the word “Sweatshop,” has written an excellent essay for activists on the lessons to be learned from his experience. Titled “Culture Jamming, Memes, Social Networks, and the Emerging Media Ecology,” it appears on his personal website and includes a great set of links.http://depts.washington.edu/ccce/polcommcampaigns/peretti.html
Stephen Talbott is the author of a brilliant 1995 book called The Future Does Not Compute
, which has now gone out of print. Thanks to the Internet, it lives on—along with many other thought-provoking essays—on the Netfuture website that Talbott edits.www.netfuture.org
, known for his writings on technology and society, has been featured on such popular programs as NPR's “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.” See his website for his writings and interviews.www.rpi.edu/~winner
The Social Criticism Review
is a website that is an incredible treasure trove of articles on technology (and other topics in social criticism) by a wide range of authors in a wide range of venues.www.socialcritic.org
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