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We link scientific innovation to the benefit of every day people: climate adaptation, biochemistry, biotechnology

Designing Science for Organic Societies

 

Science is often thought of by others as a fixed and rigid discipline.  After all, there are mathematical formulas and empirical proofs as well as principles that become laws.  Granted this is one aspect of science but it misses the artistic and creative side.  Science is also evolutionary and adaptive.  Science is a tool that enables us to both discover and understand the world in which we live.  We can view the large elephant or we can view the tiny micro-organism.  All make up the planet in which we live.  This diversity of organic life is akin to the diversity found in our social structures.  We can examine global, national, or, individual issues.   At CSTI we demystify the empirical formulas and dense scientific reports so that even those with no formal schooling can gain a better understanding of our world.  In our Sakai project we took meteorological reports and turned them into guides on when to plant and when to harvest.  We translated reports on aflatoxins into guides on the spacing requirements for various crops.  We taught locals how to adapt engineering drip irrigation techniques using waste plastic water bottles.  The result was bountiful crop harvests in drought prone areas (aka climate resilience at the local level).  These community based transformations are what encourage me as a Trustee Board Member and why I enthusiastically support the work CSTI is doing.

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 CSTI - What inspires us:

 

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners who believe that the scientific and technological knowledge we develop is a legacy trust we create for the community.

Some people are artists, others give inspirational speeches.  We deliver understanding that can be adapted to solve ecological and industrial problems.  The eagerness with which this understanding is received and used is what inspires us to do our work.

We  must treat the earth well. It was not given to us by our parents, it is loaned to us by our children.

Mtunze ardhi vyema. Hamkupewa na wazazi, bali mlikopeshwa na wazawa wenu. (Swahili)

 csti milestones: 

 

Sept 16, 1998:   Micro-Science kits were developed for schools and are still in use.

 

1997 to 1999:  Micro-Science kits were developed for schools and are still in use.

 

2010:  Conclusion of our Sakai Community Resilience to Drought project in which over US $300,000 total funding was leveraged to develop a replicable model for community resilience to drought.  The model was adopted by Kenya government. (See IISD website for additional details)

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