Developed by Pe̲R
Pe̲R is the largest and most comprehensive sustainability research centre in Italy. Pe̲R operates in the agritourism space as a teaching facility.
How did Fairtech begin?
Teaching life’s necessities
During Pe̲R’s 20 years of evolution, we have aimed to live in harmony with the environment and share what we learn. Doing so, we discovered life’s necessities fit neatly into five categories:
- Health for well-being and strength.
- Education is our interface with the world.
- Food is central to success.
- Transport is the community circulation system.
- Shelter became our primary engineering focus.
Nothing new, but a revolution
This knowledge is very old. You can find links to each of the five areas in every civilisation – even ancient ones!
Doctors, teachers, farmers, builders and drivers (of vehicles, animals, and even rivers!) are evidence of the longevity and importance of these areas.
What is different is IT (Information Technology). Exchanging ideas over the internet makes information virtually free! This affect is called: zero marginal cost. By sharing methods we can improve our feedback-loops helping others to thrive at zero marginal cost.
Five areas every human needs
- Health for well-being and fitness.
- Education to connect with the natural world.
- Food is central to ending scarcity.
- Transport is the circulation system of society.
- Shelter is the basis of security.
We call this: “HEFTS”
Comfort is stressful
Modernity has brought many benefits. Although people living in comfort risk becoming weak due to under-use of the good health they already have.
Over thousands of years of evolution humans developed powerful internal tools, to stay strong in the face of natural adversity.
In order to maximise well-being we can engage the body, activate the mind and live as nature intended.
All the resources we need are in the mind - Theodore Roosevelt (Ecological conservationist & American statesman)
Connect with the natural world
When we study the world from behind screens such as smartphones and other devices, the experience is passive – lacking feedback. Technology has made enourous improvements to everyone’s life, but education is a multi-sensory, physical activity. One that by definition should improve coordination and development.
Practical, hands-on experience
There is an urgent need to understand the physical world.
Our ancestors learned everything hands-on, in nature.
Energetic tutelage, play and trial-and-error help inform mastery, improve coordination and develop focus. These are vital for discipline, applying abstract ideas and growth.
The end of scarcity
The economic influence over food does not serve nutrition. There are several deep flaws that defy common-sense on the topic:
- At present, intensive agrigulture rewards commerce by weight.
- Industrial-scale waste at every level is alarming:
- during the initial growing and production process…
- complicated transit, refridgeration, preservative and packaging costs…
- how much we buy and throw away…
- and the absurd energy-to-plate ratio!
Foods high in nutrition often require less resources. They are cheaper, lighter, easy to store, don’t use packaging and can be efficiently grown locally.
By improving diet we reduce waste, lower costs and even reverse the Climate Crisis.
Better food security
Self-production is just one-step towards abundance. Even partial-production, in the garden, greenhouse or under-used space including urban rooftops, window farms and growing-kits can mushroom our food access.
Society’s circulation system
A person weighs about 80Kg. So, there’s no reason to use vehicles that are heavier than we really need. But, what does a modern, rational transport network look like?
Our answers begin at community level with The Light Bike.
Electric transport is not a futuristic idea. Although there is often a trade-off between low energy and long distance.
We developed The Light Bike which seems like a complete contradiction in autonomy and energy use.
The basis of security
Buildings in general require too much maintainence as they are commonly built. Houses, when designed properly can generate more than invested. And, buildings generally can act to conserve the environment, rather than spoil it.