A Quick Biography

60s

Studying biology and experimental psychology. De-railed by worries about The Future, or  what we now call 'sustainability'.

70s

Increasingly concerned with unexpected  effects of uncontrolled technical change. Notion of 'alternative technology' (which I coined) emerges in 1972.

Exploring implications of low-tech, de-industrialised futures leads to publication of agenda-setting text Radical Technology in 1976.  

80s

Joined Centre for Alternative Technology. 

90s

Reluctant  reconciliation with 'modernity' --  cannot go back, only forwards in more intelligent ways.

But the fundamental green paradigm, based on conserved quantities, is vindicated:

YOU CAN'T GET QUART OUT OF A PINT POT

...as is its corollary:

YOU CAN'T GET A QUART INTO A PINT POT

Such obvious common sense is consistently denied by politicians, economists, businesspeople, bankers and consumers. Puzzling. Can 2+2 really =10? Or were we right all along?

Perhaps we'd settle for 5....


If you want to engage further with some of the material on this site, it might be helpful to read 'My philosophy and prejudices', which explains my standpoint in greater depth. You can then make appropriate allowances. Another way to 'get the gist' would be to very quickly scan lists of writings or lectures.

MY PHILOSOPHY AND PREJUDICES

CATALOGUE OF PUBLISHED WRITINGS

CATALOGUE OF LECTURES