Tips for Testing, Designing, Developing, Researching, and Modifying Sustainable Technology

The title makes it sound more complex and expensive than it is. Sustainable technologies are more than green machines or leaf plates (though these are some of the public’s favorites).

The first step is finding your niche. Its the thing/things in your life or life in general that you want to improve, edit, and/or develop. That’s why we are here and hopefully that is why you’re here too! A couple of tips that’ll help you in the transition from intangible thought to tangible project.

The most important ability is the ability to take notes about what you are doing. Even if you are following notation from someone else, writing down everything you do will help you see if you’ve made a mistake or created a happy accident; giving others the information they will need to test it themselves. or modify their own system. Note: this post is not about monetizing.

Make sure that modification to technologies are not patent locked. Often you can get around this if your modification is enough to be considered a different product however if you are looking to make a profit from a product you are modifying it would be better to create it from scratch. Often products can be modified/reinvented at home for personal use using minimal expenditures: bioplastics, kombucha leather, as well as reusable bamboo straws.

Always look for “free” ways to create. Whether it be free video editing software, free CAD software, free materials from Craigslist, or a group in the area looking for a mutual work transaction, don’t underestimate the impact of researching all of your options and opportunities. The open source world is massive and adding to it with your own inventions pays for itself. Tap into your social media community and don’t be afraid to ask for tips. Look for discounts on ebay and other stores as well. This is important for scientific supplies. Also make sure to utilize all of your cellphone. Apps, cellphone accessories (microscopes for example), NFC gadgets, etc.

Finding people with a common purpose is important. You will need others who are running other tests alongside your own. You will also need people who can peer review your work. Because we are focused on accurate data that can be utilized by everyone, our partnerships are built on a foundation of learning rather than competing. We seek to learn together as a species rather than compete against each other. This doesn’t exclude giving credit to creators. It is important to make sure that if you are doing a peer review or modifying an already created product that you give whomever created it the proper credit. In this way, partnerships have full transparency, benefit from our interactions, and all data can be used for maximum integration by anyone. Again, if it isn’t accessible to the poor, it isn’t sustainable or efficient.

Make sure that any research you are conducting is coming from an accurate source and that you have the appropriate permits and licenses (most of the time you won’t need these). You will be testing/developing with this information and without thorough investigation will lose precious time and resources. When using others’ research for a project, make sure that you give them credit in your documentation. We all stand on the shoulders of giants at times. There is no shame in giving proper credit to others. The goal is to create a transition that can be tested and modified for the needs of each region on the planet. It is by design that we will often notate those with whom we create partnerships.

With all of the above in mind, you are ready to start the first step of making your vision tangible:

  1. Find your niche.
  2. Make sure the patent (if any) doesn’t limit your work. If so, look at its flaws and create something else.
  3. Take notes of everything and notate all credit where it is due.
  4. Look for ways to save money. Utilize every avenue.
  5. Find people who can mutually benefit.
  6. Be thorough about your research and make sure you have permits and licenses up-to-date.

Together we can create the life and world we want.

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