WISIONS of Sustainability
The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
Solar mobility in the Andean Highlands of Argentina
News from WISIONS posted on January 27th, 2015
This project advocates solar mobility in order to meet the increasing mobility demands in two areas in the Jujuy province of Argentina, one area in the Puna region and the other in the capital San Salvador. As of December 2014, the first e-bike tracks in the Puna region have been successfully realized and reliable data about the performance of solar e-bikes in this mountaineous region has been collected.
Fundación EcoAndina has already established connections to Argentinian e-bike distributors and service providers in Buenos Aires and San Salvador de Jujuy, trained bicycle shops in installing motors on current bicycle wheels and set up a solar e-bike station at the EcoAndina's Centro Ecohuasi in the Puna village of Misa Rumi. During a workshop at "Ecohuasi" eight solar e-bike technology kits have been assembled onto regular bicycles and are ready for use.
After the rainy season, the next step of the project will be a promotion of the solar e-bikes among the target group in the Puna region, including training lessons and support.
You can find more general information about this SEPS project here: Solar Mobility in Andean highlands of Argentina (SEPS10).
SEPS Exchange "Dragón de la Nueva Flama – Dragon of the New Flame"
News from WISIONS posted on January 22nd, 2015
The methodology makes use of artistic and creative activities in order to build emotional connections to the technology, which encourages greater acceptance and a better sense of ownership. IRRI México and ConcentrArte created the "Legend of the Dragon of the New Flame", which describes the environmental and social problems related with the unsustainable use of firewood and inappropriate disposal of organic wastes. The "Dragon of the New Flame” is used as a metaphor for biodigesters and the alternatives they offer for using natural resources in a more sustainable way.
IRRI and ConcentrArte developed various playful games and activities based on the legend, which were conceived to open emotional channels of adults as well as children, and in turn provide excellent conditions for transferring and arranging knowledge in a participative way. Promotional activities using this creative approach were carried out in several rural communities of Hidalgo and Yucatan states in Mexico. These practical experiences served to validate the effectiveness of the art-based methodology as well as adapt and improve materials and tools.
The experiences and results have been systematized and published in a manual which is only available in Spanish and may be downloaded here [pdf].
Additionally, you can find videos that complement the written materials along with other information in Sistema Biobolsa's YouTube Channel, like a version of the play “Legend of the Dragon of the New Flame”. More details can also be found on our SEPS Exchange page and an extensive photo album is available on our Facebook page.
Meet the WISIONS team at the "On Sustainability" Conference in Copenhagen
News from WISIONS posted on January 20th, 2015
This interdisciplinary conference, and its companion collection of journals, invites scholars to discuss sustainability through a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social concerns intersect. The special focus of this years conference is "Sustainability Dividends - Developmental Fault Lines".
The WISIONS team will present a keynote lecture on "Fostering the Transition Process in Developing Regions by Supporting Sustainable Energy Implementation Models and Regional Networks".
To find out more information about the conference, please visit OnSustainability.com.