Tools and technology

To shape our world, humans have always used tools. Today, the range of possibilities is vast, from screwdrivers to tractors to the world wide web. But how do you know what tools and technologies are the right ones for the task you wish to undertake? How can you select the ones which will deliver the greatest benefit for the least cost and labour? And how can you ensure you choose tools and techs which avoid environmental damage? This section will help you answer all these questions.

Tools and technology - axes, knives, help chopping wood, pruning and many other tasks

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Energy technologies

Current energy technologies are almost entirely dependent on the burning of fossil fuels in the form of coal, gas and oil.

Information technology

Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data and has been a key factor in contributing to economic and political change across the world.

Technology - overview

The range of technology available to us is extraordinary, ranging from a screwdriver to a tractor to the world wide web.


Tools, whether hand or machine powered, are an essential element in all the ways that human's change their environment, from gardening to construction.

Transition engineering

Transition Engineering is a key part of smoothing the transition from a high speed, high energy, high impact economy to a slower, lower energy, low impact economy.

Transport technologies

One of the greatest consumers of energy is transport, and personal transportation accounts for a big part of our fossil-fuel consumption.