Colombia Project

Artesanía y Tecnología Apropriada - El futuro está en el campo
Handicraft and Appropriate Technology - The future lies in the rural areas

Charla entre el Profesor German y el Profesor Norberto, con motivo de un preparatorio de un proyecto en la UN-Leticia

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Existen experiencias de diferentes proyectos que se ocupan de manera global de culturas tradicionales.
Estas básicamente han surgido de la labor práctica en regiones rurales, algo que es importante mencionar. Pero respecto a las pretensiones resulta una dificultad: las cooperaciones oficiales tienden como consecuencia a generalizar los problemas; esto significa que también se tiende a buscar soluciones que cubran totalmente un campo determinado, y esto desde el ángulo visual de la política predominante y la economía.

Contemplaciones globales se hallan más bien en campos tradicionales y no están interesadas en la maximización del benefico. Lo último es una razón por la cual más bien se pretende solucionar los problemas de manera industrial.
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posted by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch @ 1:54 PM, ,

Discussion regarding initiation of project at UN-L

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Experiences are available from a number of projects, which deal with traditional cultures, are available. They originate basically from actual work in the rural areas, which is very important, but difficult from the point of view of financial assistance, as the official cooperation possibilities lead to generalization of problems, i.e. one is inclined towards solutions which are supposed to be valid for a large regions, -and this from a point of view of the current political and economic realities. Holistic considerations are based at the traditional level and are not oriented towards maximization of profits, - one of the reasons, why the problems are generally seen and processed in industrial terms.
While the holistic consideration and processing of things requires complete, partly long-term deployment of a generalist with a feeling for local, traditional culture and without his own economic interests, the cooperative, institutionalized methods are structured in such a way, that persons, periods, regions are almost inter-changeable and experiences are limited to short research periods. One could therefore speak of work in an open system, in which resources and the environment are ignored.

It is interesting to note, that this way of solving problems is necessary in a closed system. Examples of such systems are underwater laboratories, space stations and extreme climactic situations. To this extent, the holistic and closed systems have similar structures, however the open systems specially in urban areas lead to massive development in the totally wrong direction.

The results of their efforts are not solutions to the problems but postponement of problems with unforeseeable consequences, because the application periods of a situation keep getting smaller and only with difficulty can one collect real experiences through this economic oriented approach.

Holistic approach to work is not supported in western oriented countries and also not by the appropriately educated elite classes, which is self explanatory. Still, there are method, which work against this development. For example the Institute for Experimental Construction in Pakistan, the Institute for Alternative Methods in Cameroon, the last one indicates clearly, that the concept is not limited to empty words or a small section in the teaching program, rather a totally different (holistic) approach.


posted by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch @ 8:30 AM, ,

Cultura Especial & Mas

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Cultura Especial & Mas has been published and pdf file can be gownloaded here

More than 10 years of project work have not been completely documented, rather the work of the ONG Tanto Mejor and the magazine Mirando el Campo described as an example of engagement by the citizens; the prologue comes from the pen of the famous Columbian writer Fernando Soto Aparicio. 

Part 1 with an introduction by Ricardo Coslez of the ONG Tanto Mejor

Part 2 with articles about the region by Romilio Rodriguez Fajardo, he is also the publisher

Part 3 with contributions to the topics of Handicrafts, Development and Housing, by Dr Senta Siller, the project initiator of Tanto Mejor and Prof Dr Pintsch, who also organized the picture material. 

The epilogue comes from Nelson Orlando Rincos Sierra, mayor of Chiquinquira.
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posted by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch @ 1:50 PM, ,

Kids and Toys Round the World

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Kids and toys (pdf) is a small booklet, which has been prepared on the basis of work with different NGOs in the country and gives information about handicrafts and appropriate technology including climate friendly housing. This happens by using simple painted figures.

The value of self made things, the usage of garbage for playful purposes up till music instruments,the possibility to construct climate friendly buildings from apparently simple materials and to use them through de-centralized technology, to making diverse vehicles run by using solar technology; these are the aims of the booklet, because children are more open to new concepts as compared to stressed out adults and career oriented students. Practical examples, for example baking a cake, go along with booklet as a rule.

Whether in Pakistan, Cameroon, Columbia, Iceland or Germany, the English language is taught at an early age and this is the reason, that the few terms are given in English.
Download Kids and Toys (pdf) here.
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