Do It Yourself!
We at OSEIA believe that the more we all try to harness natural resources in a sustainable manner, the more we will respect the power of nature and appreciate the finished work of manufacturers and talented professional installers.
There are many projects that anyone - students, families, neighborhood groups, etc. - can work on to grow their understanding, build community, create energy independence and save the environment.
Below is a working definition of the Do it Yourself (DIY) movement and subsequent solar projects are archived by month in the pull-down menu to the left.
Definition of Do It Yourself (DIY) From Wikipedia
Do it yourself, often referred to by the acronym DIY,
is a term used by various communities that focus on people (called
do-it-yourselfers or DIYers) creating or repairing things for
themselves without the aid of "on-duty, work-stationed" paid
professionals. Many DIYers may in fact be off-duty or retired
The notion is related in philosophy to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many modern DIY subcultures take the traditional Arts and Crafts movement's rebellion against the perceived lack of soul of industrial aesthetics
a step further. DIY subculture explicitly critiques modern consumer
culture, which emphasizes that the solution to our needs is to purchase
things, and instead encourages people to take technologies into their
own hands to solve needs.
The phrase "do it yourself" came into common usage in the 1950s in
reference to various jobs that people could do in and around their own
houses without the help of professionals. A very active community of
people continues to use the term DIY to refer to fabricating
or repairing things for home needs, on one's own rather than purchasing
them or paying for professional repair. In other words, home improvement done by the householder without the aid of paid professionals.
In recent years, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that
covers a wide range of skill sets. Today, for example, DIY is
associated with the international alternative and hardcore
music scenes. Members of these subcultures strive to blur the lines
between creator and consumer by constructing a social network that ties
users and makers close together. There are various communities of
media-makers that consider themselves DIY, for example the indymedia network, pirate radio stations, and the zine community.