Citizen Science: opportunities and hazards in a patented world

Come behind the scenes of the early days of Windowfarms  as “Superforest” Jackson works briefly with the project, suggests and demonstrates a novel solution and saves the entire project from an expensive crisis.  Skip forward a couple of years,  the Windowfarms project (hydroponic vegetable growing in your windows) is a worldwide success in open source co-operation and Jackson is unaware that he is a hero of the windowfarm movement and mentioned in 2 TED Talks!  (I know because I told him).  How can we keep brilliant  quirky citizen scientists like Jackson interested and  working to improve our lives? Let’s find more Jacksons, and nurture them to help us all grow! I will show a few pictures of windowfarm vegetables which are mindblowing and economically disruptive.  Also a few pics of neat innovations which came from the worldwide community.  I will dip into the “bee walls” projects that originated in central Europe.  Pollinators worldwide have suffered catastrophic decline and these produce habitat for pollinators.  I will also delve into citizen science solar cooking research and compare the unique problems and opportunities that face citizen scientists with those that face “real” scientists.

Bio: Brian White a citizen scientist too!
My “pulser pump” went on Wikipedia last year, and my video about it is the most watched “airlift pump” related video on the internet.  According to youtube, it is seen in more than 150 countries every month.
I am also involved in the linen project. (Growing flax for food and fibre), making habitat for solitary bees, and I made a “2 storey compost bin” that is in an e-book from instructables.  I have also made several solar cooker innovations.
I have never succeeded in getting funding for the projects, (which slows things down a lot).
On the plus side, I have never been curbed by the strings attached to funding, which can stop things altogether!

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