This workshop was held at GreenCape on the 22nd of February 2019, the event description is available at a previous post: http://indiebio.co.za/distributed-bioeconomy/ The raw notes can be downloaded here. From the introduction it was clear that there is an emerging ecosystem and there are enough skills and ‘ecosystem components’ in the room and wider to make this work. There is enough of a realised need from higher income markets to test it out in a complex country like South Africa (as a nation, too high income to rely on donor funding, but too poor and with too weak governance to effect changes in the way a rich country would be able to, if it wanted to.)Continue reading “Write-up: distribution for the bioeconomy workshop”
Or maybe, ‘the Metaverse and all that shit.’ Anyways, this post is about my plans for 2019:
- Augmented reality game, think Fortnite (actually more ‘Metaverse’) meets water research (Actually, waste management). Or, visualising big data for everyday people.
- Faecal fungi
- Dream Zandvlei
Focus: dealing with biomass that may be or have potential to become hazardous
Case study: 1) container based sanitation (CBS) and 2) urine beneficiation, catering to the sanitation service delivery to higher LSM markets in South Africa.Continue reading “Workshop: Distributed business models for the bioeconomy”
This post has been in draft for ages, but we got the research money to start the project and already a partner or two lined up, so it’s become urgent 🙂
Comparison of incinerating toilets
When I started the dry toilet journey I was only aware of one incinerating toilet brand. Separett was synonymous with ‘the creme de la creme of dry toilets’ – incinerating or otherwise. After visiting Mikael and his team I think my loyalty to Separett is rock solid, but it turns out there are other incinerating toilet companies out there. I have a Separett Villa 9000 to test out, but I think the designs need to change a lot for large scale urban use – read on.
Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF)
UnSchool’s Creative Change Makers session
I’m participating in the DIF, in the unschool session number 3 . The DIF is an online platform that aims to inspire action towards a circular economy, with a focus on Cities in Transition (etc). This is a result of a previous session I gave to the Unschool crowd in Cape Town, presentation at this post. #thinkdif
Toilets in #dayZero: The surge in popularity of dry toilets in Cape Town’s water crisis
(who got the movie reference?)
Cape Town is in the worst drought ever, and asides from all the panic this is generating some lovely publicity for the dry toilet. I’m getting a lot of emails.
Here’s the short version of my replies: