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Bamboo Pixel Project is alive at the World Innovation Forum

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 3:35pm by russs.net Comments
Bamboo Pixel Project is alive at the World Innovation Forum

Shine Time!  Last night we plugged in the pixels and ignited our bamboo pixel project at the Global Innovation Forum outside of Jakarta.  3 meters by 2meters and 600 bottles make a luminous wall of light for the Akademy Bambu Nisantara’s pilot Rumah Oksigen– a sample of a super low cost house made from bamboo rather than steel reinforcement.  Since […]

Our Global Innovation Forum Bamboo Installation

Posted on September 19, 2016 at 2:34pm by russs.net Comments
Our Global Innovation Forum Bamboo Installation

Today I am working with The Bambu Akaedemi Nusa to install their “Oxygen House” at The Global Innovation Forum just outaide of Jakarta, in South Tangerang.  The structure showcases how bamboo can be used instead of steel in reinforced concrete construction.  We’re collaborating on a 600 bottle bambo pixel installation on the front of the structure.  It’s going to be […]

Bamboo Solar Bike v3

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 9:01am by russs.net Comments

Working with the team from Bambu Akademi Nusa, just outside of Jakarta, we installed the micro solar circuitry today directly into the bikes frame.  Under that red cap is the USB port.  The two LED displays show the voltage level from the battery and from the rear panel array!  

Latest Solar Bamboo Bike

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 8:36am by russs.net Comments
Latest Solar Bamboo Bike

Wooohoo! Version 1.0 of my dream of a bamboo solar bike is rolling! It’s taken quite a lot longer than I ever imagined to bring this idea into the world, but well…. Yesterday I took it for its first ever spin! The bike is commissioned by my profoundly patient friend Kate White, crafted in the Philippines by […]

Plastic, I Love You

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 4:18pm by russs.net Comments Off
Plastic, I Love You

I’ve got good news about plastic waste! 

Around the world there is now less and less trash.

In fact, just by reading this little essay of mine, there will be a little less trash in the world. Hurray! Because, as we all know, the whales and dolphins are literally drowning in an ocean of thrown-away-plastic pollution. No matter how far we throw […]

Mandalas: Ancient Rituals, Modern Mobilizations

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 3:43pm by russs.net Comments Off
Mandalas: Ancient Rituals, Modern Mobilizations

Mandalas are an ancient and sacred art that can be found in cultures and religions around the world.  In my experience, mandalas are one of the most powerful consciousness raising tools.  A mandala can be as simple as a circle drawn in the sand, as beautiful as a cathedral rose window, or as sophisticated as a multi-terraced, kilometre wide temple […]

Jakarta Ho

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 1:22pm by russs.net Comments Off
Jakarta Ho

Ani and I are heading to Jakarta for August 7th. Jakarta is a city of 20 million people. Lots of plastic trash flows out of Jakarta– one of the main reasons Indonesia is the second biggest producer of plastic waste in Asia. Ani and I have been receiving many invitations to share ecobricks with groups in the […]

Ani and I

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 7:56pm by russs.net Comments Off
Ani and I

My work sharing ecobricks in Indonesia has been super charged this year through my partnership with Ani Himawati. A movement has been ignited in Jogjakarta which now has a life and unfolding of its own.  Tens of thousands of people, soon to be in the hundreds of thousands, are now ecobricking their plastic.  Our partnership isn’t just incidental. It’s been […]

Recycling: The Evil Illusion

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 3:19pm by russs.net Comments Off
Recycling:  The Evil Illusion

Yes, “Evil” is a strong word– especially for an activity that most of the world thinks of as “Good”. However, after several years of working closely with waste I have come to have serious doubts about Recycling’s benevolence. There is a dark reality lurking behind it that we ignore at our peril.

Remember Sauroman from the Lord of the Rings? Also […]

Going Patreon, Starting with a Manifesto

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 5:44pm by russs.net Comments Off
Going Patreon, Starting with a Manifesto

Manifesto time!  So, I am starting to use the online site Patreon site to publish my longer reflections.  Patreon not only allows me to share my essays within a dedicated context, but it allows people who resonate to subscribe and thus support the exploration.

I am following and supporting some super cool writers on Patreon.  Its a great energetic exchange to […]