Technology: Enslaves or Liberates?

Technology Enslaves or Liberates

As part of the Impact Festival, taking place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on 16 June, we are happy to invite you to an interesting masterclass run by Nora Feldmar and Ed Morris, focused on the use of appropriate tehnology solutions for social problems:

Technology: Enslaves or Liberates?
Technology is all around us. We use it in every aspect of our lives. However, as our professions are getting more specialized and our tasks more complex, we might be losing the “big picture”. This masterclass will make you think about the role of technology in your own life, how it affects society and the environment, and how all these relate to one another.

You will also find out about how Nora Feldmar (Hungary) and Ed Morriss (UK), working in very different settings, try to explore and implement so-called appropriate technology solutions in their work.

Date: 16 June 2015, 16.00-17.30
Location: Hotel Grand Italia, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Please register here.

Nora Feldmar is an industrial ecologist and in her work she explores ways in which system thinking, sustainable technologies and community development can be combined to find solutions to the problems of the most vulnerable communities in Hungary, focusing on rural Roma communities. She introduced a low-tech biomass briquette project – where locals produce their winter fuel from agricultural waste – in a small village near the Romanian boarder which won two international awards in 2013. Since then, she has worked with a number of communities to set up briquette manufacturing and on other interventions such as heating and cooking equipment. She now works with Profilantrop Association based in Budapest, trying to identify different solutions for Roma communities, and being supported within the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership.

Ed Morriss is a mechanical design engineer with a focus on ecology and sustainability. His past projects include researching, developing and building rocket stoves and mass heaters, a wood gasifier/generator, wind turbine towers and mobile solar rigs providing power for low impact builds at neighbouring communities, as well as designing and making intricate filigree metal work, growing organic food and sharing expertise. For Ed, this isn’t merely work but a lifestyle choice – converting time and energy into practical long term solutions for low impact and off grid living.

Impact Festival Cluj-Napoca is the biggest public dialogue ever organised in Romania, open to all those interested to generate positive change and to actively leave a fingerprint on the future of their city.