Back in the Sixties and Seventies, the grassroots development community was afire with the buzzword "alternative tech". Creative compilations of elegant low tech solutions were being amassed by the Whole Earth Catalog in the US, the Center for Alternative Technology in the UK, and many other international organizations. It seemed we would soon enjoy an ever growing knowledge base and resource trove for community development workers around the world.
But thirty years later, just when the internet was coming into its own as an ideal distribution network for green grassroots technologies, the "alt tech" boom seemed to have disappeared underground. We hope to dedicate a substantial part of this festival to rediscovering the best of that legacy and what new inventions have been added to our collective wealth. If you know of worthy groups or experts still working in this field, please pass along their contact info to
so we can spotlight them on the site...