Online collaboration

I am looking for collaboration partners around the world.  I don’t want to reinvent the wheel so I’d like to mine expertise wherever it may be found. I don’t see this as exploitative as I see no reason why projects in different countries need to compete with each other. Indeed, the exchange of ideas and experience enriches all participants.

My intention is to develop nodes within a community to begin processing organic wastes through organic systems on roofs, basements and balconies. Communities have vast reserves of manpower, energy and resources, most of which is not used. My goal is to develop organic systems which put these to use so as to add value to the community. I can see no reason why a community should not be run along cooperative business lines. It is a theme and concept that I have been exploring and developing for some time. I mean to change cities one neighborhood at a time.

If you are working on similar projects then I encourage you to get in touch.

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2 Comments

  1. Hector said,

    September 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Hi man,

    Actually I have been working on a very similar idea like yours for a while.

    My name is Hector and I’m a Mexican finishing a Master degree in Australia.

    I consider myself a social entrepreneur and I have develop a project related to organic waste (misplaced resources). I have an IT background and my Master degree is in business. However, during my studies I have realised that there is a huge opportunity to make business through “waste” and also help to build a sense of community.

    In addition, I’m involved in a Permaculture group which I think can enhance any idea related to organics.

    Well, hope we can keep in touch and make things happen

    Cheers

  2. September 2, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Hi Hector,

    It’s good to hear from you. Like you I consider myself to be a social entrepreneur and am developing a project to use misplaced resources. My background is in Geography and International Cooperation with a development specialisation.

    I’m very interested in permaculture, however I am mostly interested in how to green urban or periurban areas, and that means roof gardens and the like, though I see them mainly as waste processing areas, in much the same way as wetlands are replacing sewage plants, doing the same job, better and cheaper.

    I imagine that we could sit down and hone each others ideas. Given that we are separated by continents it’s clear that our particular market areas will not overlap. On the other hand I believe the possibility of designing world beating systems from interdisciplinary exchanges is too good to pass up.

    Cheers

    Ian


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