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Defining technologies

Before we begin to interrogate the relationship between technologies and sustainability we need to define a broader cultural and historical understanding of technologies. Let’s start with the basics, put simply, …

Exploitation and climate equity

So it’s clear that technologies are having a deep and lasting impact on the environment, but how are these impacts affecting human beings? E-waste Recycling As we’ve discussed, e-waste is …

Circular economics

To begin to rethink how we can approach our economies, shifting away from linear systems where the people at the top benefit, many have discussed a more circular approach, but …

Beginning to approach sustainability

In this video hear from our contributors about how they would define a meaningful approach to sustainability and some of the ways that they try to implement sustainable practices in …

Welcome to the course

Welcome to Building a Sustainable Future with Technology! We are really happy you chose to join us on this course. We can’t wait to explore critical approaches to technology and …

Global power imbalances

The process and outcomes of COP26 brought to light power imbalances between countries, governments and environmental organisations. Let’s take a look. Shifting Resources to Developing Nations As the activists carrying …

Low-tech solutions to high-tech problems

In this video, course contributor Kris De Decker discusses the ethos of Low-Tech Magazine, the idea of approaching high-tech problems with low-tech solutions. As a potential solution for some of …

Problems and solutions at scale

Sometimes it can be difficult to perceive the scale of the problems we face and the solutions we need to solve them. Our need for new technologies means that so …

Impacts on health

The production and disposal of technologies are leading to real-world harm, but what about the harms caused by technologies as we use them? In this video, our course contributors discuss …

Capitalist inequalities and illusions

Much of what’s been discussed so far has been around our relationship to materials, how we expect a certain level of fidelity in the technologies we consume and the expectations …

Alternative materials

In working to develop more sustainable materials designers have looked to overlooked elements of the environment to many great results, let’s take a look. Materials such as metals, plastics, cotton, …

From circular to redistributive

Circular economics presents us with a model for how we can build toward more sustainable futures, yet the concept has many critics who see it as an incomplete picture. Let’s …

Living with high-tech

In this video, our course contributors discuss our relationship with technology, how we idolise it, the problems this creates, and how we have developed a culture which expects high-tech. The …

Ecofeminism

Hello everyone! This is Tarryn, in this video, I’ll be introducing the concept of Ecofeminism, a movement that recognises the potential for productive crossovers between the campaign for gender and …