Tsilla Boisselet, presenting her research proposal at ICSD

Tsilla Boisselet will be presenting her research proposal at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Rome, Italy on September 6-7, 2017. The conference will address the fundamental questions of Sustainable Development from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global perspective.

Tsilla, leader of the Resuscitation project will be sharing how to use positive interactions between plants with contrasting species and how an informatics tool will replenish the soil.


A method that uses the synergy between species to improve agriculture and soil use and help give the farmer’s land an ecologically and economically sustainable second chance.


The corresponding Paper will be published online in October 2017 in the Special Issue, Volume 6, and Issue 4 of the European Journal of Sustainable Development (EJSD).  

ABSTRACT


Environmental and economic limitations prompt the search for areas of improvement to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture while increasing its resilience and maintaining productivity.

We propose a biomimicry approach, where cultivation and productivity are more dependent on intrinsic dynamics than on human/chemical inputs driven by fossil fuels. To specifically target synergetic dynamics and overcome difficulties linked to poor knowledge and hazardous trial-and-error processes, we are developing an informatics tool to design adapted, efficient plant partnerships or clusters.

The tool consists of a prediction model that suggests a potential win-win plant or other symbiotic relationships, flexible enough to exploit information about local soil/climatic conditions. As the tool gains strength from generated data, it evolves into a simulation model for several-component ecosystem-like systems. In this way, the tool establishes a solid base to support and accelerate applicability of intercropping–type methods, providing realistic expectations about growth and harvest over time, including ecological criteria such as biodiversity. Thus, the tool provides a way out of the deforestation/agriculture dilemma, and opens up possible human soil use during remediation of polluted areas, with significant consequences in many different domains affected by human soil use, including environment, soil stability, health, and climate.


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Connect With Us and Our Ongoing Projects

We invite you to get to know, share and comment on some of the ongoing projects at the SCimPulse Foundation. The portfolio of the Foundation is unusually diverse, with the common thread of similarity that all its projects share the aim of improving humanity’s living conditions. From investing in education to empowering people to provide an open network where ideas become feasible initiatives.
Soundsight is helping the visually impaired navigate without using the sense of sound. Read more.
echOpen is bringing new tools in the medical field to help make healthcare more accessible using open source hardware.

Hubotics-is making wearable exoskeleton, affordable and customizable for shoulder and elbow rehabilitation.


Tsilla Boisselet is helping give the farmer’s land “a second chance” with the Resuscitation project -to revitalize soil and promote agriculture as a healthy ecosystem.


Any attempt to understand care in the 21st century means understanding its historical roots and the value of the past that challenges us. Deborah Liebart, a researcher on the Opencare project is exploring care in European societies and the effectiveness of different care systems.

Joining CERN Openlab

Recently, SCImPULSE Foundation has joined a project on big-data analytics with Intel and CERN. Exciting times lie ahead, and we look forward to sharing with you how this cooperation will evolve and develop. Read more


OpenVillage Participation

Just as a reminder, OpenVillage is continuing to accept participants. So far, OpenVillage has groups of initiatives coming together from Brussels, New York, Greece and Germany to approach social, health and physical care in unconventional ways.  If you’re working on a project that tackles access to care or solutions to address the needs of society, register for the event.



Join OpenVillage Festival in Brussels, Belgium, on October 19-21, 2017, in connection with OpenCare, a research project making health and social care accessible for all, open source and participatory.


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Care On The Shoulders of Giants



Advances in care over the centuries have sometimes been ignored but continue to serve as reminders for the need to understand and build a wider perspective. For this to be accomplished, history must be traced.
 
Deborah Liebart, Alumna of the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Researcher with the Center for Historical Research and Fellow for OpenCare is exploring the question of care in European societies and how effective the different care systems contribute to the inclusion and sustainable growth of the European Union.  She will be participating in mobilizing and exchanging her knowledge and experience within OpenCare.

Journey Begins

Deborah Liebart is committed to improving living conditions and to secure the future for present and future generations. During a conversation with Marco Manca, by learning about the SCimPulse Foundation and its projects aimed at improving humanity, it was natural she was to become a member of the foundation and share her knowledge.

Since that conversation, Deborah has joined the OpenCare project, and we have had the chance to ask her a few questions about her journey so far.

Let’s get to know Deborah

What resonated with you most when speaking to Marco regarding SCimPULSE?

‘’After an unbelievably intense conversation, I was convinced professionally, and humanly, that I should become a member of this ecosystem named SCImPULSE. The portfolio of the Foundation is unusually eclectic, and all its projects share the aim of improving humanity’s living conditions, by investing in education and empowering people as agents, which are notions especially close to me.’’

What attracted you to OpenCare?

‘’OpenCare is one of those few humanistic projects, and I enjoy working with the diverse teams the Foundation attracts, all from different backgrounds, but all motivated, open to dialogue, constantly in motion and looking in the same direction to improve the European care ecosystem.’’

How is your work influencing OpenCare?

‘’It’s calling everyone to rethink what was obvious and create a community that wants to change things for the better by carrying out common projects that are open and intended for discussion. My work as a historian is to show that the concepts mobilized today are the fruit of a long history, that knowledge is cumulative. To paraphrase Newton, being only dwarves on the shoulders of giants, studying the past is necessary for a better understanding of tomorrow's choices and decision-making, both to draw ideas and to avoid making the same mistakes than our predecessors made. A star guiding our steps in the way of today.’’


Do you feel challenged by the topic the Foundation has bestowed on you?

‘’The topic is fascinating and has been challenging in many ways. To study the emergence of the mutualistic movements during the industrial revolution, and to try to understand how individuals at the time were thrown in precarious conditions, and weakened by the ongoing transformation of working conditions. Which succeeded in creating organizations that would allow them to defend their own interest, and at the same time those of the entire group. I will be delving into the blockchain revolution and its rhetoric’s under this historical perspective and retraces its cultural and moral roots.


What is the value and why is it necessary to reflect on the past?

At times of economic crisis, or demographic crisis threatening to break down our systems, it is necessary to investigate our governance systems. Welfare State is criticized and pointed at by many groups, so the choice is to question the centrality of governance and reflect on decentralized systems, capable of full local autonomy, and capable of integrating with the current systems to offer a combination that can benefit the largest number of people.

To function effectively with the present system we must question more than being partisan, or political. We must be pragmatic: to optimize the welfare state, to preserve the characteristics that characterize it, and which make it effective in order to maintain the fragile balance between freedom and equality and to perpetuate our democratic systems and make them more dynamic.

What will you be focusing on next?


‘’I will continue focusing on the contribution of mutualist movements to European societies. After examining the question of care, it would seem interesting to examine the progress that these movements have made within companies, both in terms of productivity and innovation. Simply because of their ability to join forces and share information allowing them a more effective coordination and communication between individuals.’’

Value of Care

The importance of this research is undeniable as it takes on ethical and social responsibility. Progress in care will only prevail as long as advances are remembered and practiced by new generations. The extended report of Deborah’s research will be published in an academic journal and on the SCImpulse website.

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The Past Challenges Us

History is relevant to understanding the past, defining the present and leading the future, often we fail to learn from its lessons.

Evolution of care has not been reached, nor have the final pages of its history been written. As long as there remains a thriving sense of humanity in communities and society embraces compassion and empathy care will be met by and within communities.

’OpenCare has been a terrific opportunity to explore care as an ecosystem, being able to wear different hats and challenging truths, prejudices, and the prejudice of breaking down prejudices itself. Interacting with the many stakeholders we met, so many different value propositions emerged, so many value creation hubs that are not captured by the usual health economic thinking… and above all, so many unmet needs have been discussed, that is only marginally satisfied (if at all) even in perfectly thriving welfare systems.There is enough to rewrite the books about what is care and how to deliver it. We will have work for the years to come, to fully bring to fruition the provocations that are emerging today.’’-Marco Manca



To understand care in the 21st century we must understand its historical roots and the value of the past to possess a vision that encourages to eradicate the ineffective and the conviction to create a better system that meets the needs of society.

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