Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mainstreaming Environment into Humanitarian Action

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One of the larger problems with emergency relief and sustainable energy solutions, is the lack of cooperation, reporting and monitoring of tested technologies and strategies within and between the agencies. UNEP is trying to tackle this through their programme “Mainstreaming … Continue reading

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“The cooking place is the heart of the house”

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I just had a very nice and interesting conversation with Ms. Blanche Renaudin from Groupe URD, concerning energy problems and environment in refugee camps. Groupe URD is a research, evaluation and training institute. Their area of expertise is humanitarian action and post-crisis reconstruction, … Continue reading

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Becoming a Refugee


By Deng Duot Dimma Refugee Camp June 2004 The actual moment, Of Exile, Is like an illness. You are ill, With rage. To each family, It means closing the door, On friends, culture, your native country. One year is an … Continue reading

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ISIRC 2011


My abstract has been accepted at the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 2011, at London South Bank University12 & 13 SEPTEMBER 2011, so now I have to put together my first article. The theme will be performance and sustainability … Continue reading

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4th Case

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ToughStuff confirmed that they would want to participate as my 4th case! Check out their robust module based solar panel/lamp/charger with batteries on http://www.toughstuffonline.com

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Case studies


I have great 3 case studies by now, all different and interesting for comparing design strategies, for testing in the field and background for interviews. These are: K8 Bell Lamp : an integrated, smooth design of a solar cell lamp with … Continue reading

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Imagination Lancaster

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“Empathy” “Sustainability” “Future Design” “Democratic Design” “The Core of Design” These were the buzz-words of this Design PhD Conference called “Imagination Lancaster”. We just came back from a very nice trip to Lancaster, UK. Together with Northumbria University, Lancaster arranges … Continue reading

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