Friday, June 02, 2006

A sustainability vision quest throughout the Indian subcontinent -- part B: methodology outline


Intro – A sustainability vision quest throughout the Indian subcontinent

Central Research Question: How can we all live well within the means of one planet?

Background research and development of metrics

  • Personal EF calculations
  • EF and HDI national and global trajectories and ‘sustainable development’
  • Localized HDI analogs: smaller-scale well-being indicators
    • GPI disaggregated
    • CIW
    • Gross domestic happiness

Conference Attendance

  • ISEE 2006, Delhi
  • Unveil the Master Plan and enroll ecological economists in the quest!

Four live/work research internships:

  • Kerala (3 – 6 months)
    • Participant-observation and interviews in ecovillages, intentional communities and organic farms organized around permaculture and localized, biodynamic agriculture methods
    • Identifying "best practices" and "exemplary people" who are leading communities in well-being and ecological lifestyles
    • Observing how a democratically elected communist government operates vis a vis people and ecosystems
  • Auroville – participant-observation in several sectors (6 months – 1 year)
    • Earth Institute
      • Earth building materials and architecture (cob, straw bale, living roofs, passive solar and solar-thermal technologies, gray water utilization and treatment systems and waste composting, biomass energy systems)
    • Institute for Educational Research
      • democratic, participatory, non-hierarchical, experience-based liberatory educational modes and creative self-expression; the practice of "holistic" and "integral" education at the elementary school age; environmental/ecological education
    • Economics Department
      • study how Auroville economy functions vis a vis practical alternative (ecological) economics – promoting equity, sufficiency, quality over quantity, and sustainability – how encourage living very well (abundantly!) with less monetary wealth and with smaller Ecological Footprints; non-monetary economy
    • Centre for Scientific Research
      • Research and deployment of affordable sustainable technologies that can be easily transferred across cultures
  • CISED (6 months – 1 year)
    • Short-course on Environment and Rural Development Concepts and Debates for Practitioners and Researchers
    • Research Associate on project(s) pertaining to
      • Forests and common lands
      • Water resources
      • Forest-water-agriculture linkage
      • Institutions and democratic decentralization
      • Science, technology and society
  • Navdanya (3 – 9 months)
    • Work/live in agricultural intentional community / learning center
    • Participate in educational and practical training sessions and short courses
      • Water democracy
      • Soil as a living system
      • Sustainable agriculture
      • Sustainable cities
      • Women and food sovereignty
      • Gandhi, globalization and self-organization

Data and experiences analysis, publications, translation of learnings to living-learning center in Oakland

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