The Development Center for Appropriate Technology works to
enhance the health of the planet and our communities by promoting
a shift to sustainable construction and development through
leadership, strategic relationships, and education.
We envision a world where communities thrive and are built
in harmony with nature, because people understand the consequences
of their choices and make decisions for their own and the
We believe... there is reason for hope.
We live at a critical moment in human history. Our decisions
today will determine the well being of all future generations.
We believe hopeful and positive options are available to meet
current and future needs, preserving and enhancing the natural
regenerative capacities of our planetary life-support system.
The Development Center for Appropriate Technologys work
is inspired and guided by this belief, and expressed through
the following values:
Human life and nature are intimately connected and we must
care for nature as we care for ourselves.
We value the potential to evolve sustainable, life-enhancing
human systems and built environments that are fully integrated
Technology is the application of ideas, energy and resources
to solve problems and create change. Appropriate technology
is that which strives to minimize negative consequences to
all life, and connects people with each other and the Earth.
We value elegant solutions that enhance community self-sufficiency,
build local economies, and draw on cultural wisdom.
Like a spider web, our relationships are made strong through
their interconnecting strands. Sharing collective knowledge,
the whole is more resilient.
We value heart-centered, collaborative processes and partnerships
that support the common good.