Henry Red Cloud


There is a great need in the face of climate change to create inspirational new frameworks for sharing knowledge.  Central to the transition that is immanent upon this planet is the establishment of a truly universal love that people have for each other.  While this sounds good in theory, the question is how can people who operate on a fundamentally selfish way of being, desiring to fulfil immediate needs, learn that cooperation is profitable in certain instances.  The question I have is what green innovators have worked with communities in education and entrepreurship to find economically profitable situations that build a contributor’s own wealth while giving at the same time to the commons and the greater good of others.  I was reading Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything and I found an example of a man who is working to develop green energy devices in Native peoples in South Dakota that really inspired me.  The book covers this man’s work.  Here is a small quote from the book about him so far.

This Changes Everything 12/8/15


“One of the people I met on this journey and who you will meet in these pages is Henry Red Cloud, a Lakota educator and entrepreneur who trains young Native people to become solar engineers.  He tells his students that there are times when we must accept small steps forward – and there are other times “when you need to run like a buffalo.”  Now is one of those times when we must run.”
p. 24

What does the Native way of being-in-the-world have in common with the standard way of being in the Western culture?  Is this man’s work something that can only be done within a Native population or is it something that can be done in another kind of community?  To what extent can the future of the New City Church be framed by his work?


About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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