The Great Simplification #33 – Kris De Decker: “Low Tech: What, Why and How”

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The Great Simplification

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Date of Publication: August 24

Year of Publication: 2022

Publisher: The Great Simplification

Author(s): Nate Hagens

In this episode, we meet with the inventor, researcher, and author Kris De Decker to understand the concept of “low tech” and its relevance in a high-tech society and growth-driven economy. 

How does low tech differ from high tech and what does it feel like to live a low tech lifestyle? Why do we assume high tech will always be the solution, and could low tech be a feasible path for a sustainable and fulfilling future?

De Decker shares his personal experiences as a low-tech advocate and researcher in a high-tech urban environment and how freedom from technology provides both challenges and unexpected benefits.

About Kris De Decker

Kris De Decker shifted from a journalism career covering high tech to exploring low tech through formal and personal research and projects, including the Human Power Plant and the Solar Powered Website.

De Decker is the creator and author of Low Tech Magazine and No Tech Magazine, publications that explore low-tech solutions to questions society assumes must be solved through high tech.

De Decker has contributed articles about science, technology, energy, and the environment to Mother Earth News, Techniques et Culture, Design Magazine, The Oil Drum, Resilience, EOS, Molenecho’s, “Knack”, “De Tijd” and “De Standaard”.  De Decker’s book “Energie in 2030” advised the Dutch government on challenges related to science and technology and his book “Stralingswarmte: gezonde warmte met minder energie” provided a guide for how heat works.

De Decker was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and lives in Barcelona, Spain. De Decker describes himself as “rather inactive” on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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