Fuel from waste project films

Griffiths, Wyn ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3584-0467 and Keith, Lindsay (2015) Fuel from waste project films. [Film/Video]

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The British Council - Educational Partnerships in Africa (EPA) - 'Jua Kali' Informal Sector Manufacture Project - Principal Investigator, Wyn Griffiths.

The 'Jua Kali - Informal Sector Manufacture' project was a collaborative project, with Nairobi artisans, Kenyatta University Energy Department and NGO Terra Nuova - East Africa, exploring the possibilities for cross-fertilisation between informal economy workers and design and engineering education in sustainable energy production and distribution.The project used a Community-Based Participatory Action Research approach, through collaborative co-design mechanisms.

The shared developed vision was:
1. To create an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral network, encompassing informal economy workers in and around Nairobi and South Sudan, local and international universities, charitable organisations, and local and international NGOs.
2. To work collaboratively within the network to develop new and optimise existing appropriate technology solutions for sustainable fuel processing and production.
3. To create a service plan for scaleable distribution of produced fuels, skills and training interchange, employment opportunities and governmental policy lobbying.
4. To create a network 'launch event' that highlighted the work and technologies, and brought together the diverse stakeholders in a live participatory design workshop, to co-design the details of the service plan.

The developed vision resulted in numerous technological, logistic and business channel developments and culminated in the ground-breaking Fuel from Waste unConference 2011, bringing together local artisans, community groups, local and international researchers and academics, formal industry and governmental and non-governmental representatives to co-create plans for sustainable development in energy, waste management, employment and policy in the informal economy, as planned.

The outcome of the unConference was the formation of the Fuel from Waste Network http://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com. This acted as a coordination hub to continue the support and activism of the group beyond the funded period for an additional 5 years. The Fuel from Waste Network from this point, acted as an international group working on waste management, sustainable fuel and sustainable employment in developing communities. The group was cooperatively managed and led by active informal economy community groups. Working through participation for empowerment. Exploring and implementing new ways in which informal economy communities and the formal education and economy sectors could exchange and share ideas, techniques and approaches for sustainable futures. As part of the ongoing activism, the groups created World Fuel from Waste Day (May 28th), https://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/world-fuel-from-waste-day-2015-28th-may/ which acted as a node for sharing and celebration of activity, and for public activism, until 2015. The group has recently begun to reconnect and plan future activity - https://fuelfromwaste.wordpress.com/

As part of the action, the experimental open innovation platform - madegood.org - was established. This has since morphed into a site promoting empowerment through cycling via free technical advice, tutorials and community support.

Item Type: Film/Video
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 28440
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Depositing User: Wyn Griffiths
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 18:59
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 18:59
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28440

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