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What we are - and our vision
The Institute of Ecological Technology is a distributed self-organizing research institute, with a focus on non-conventional ideas and solutions within ecological technology. It was formed in Sweden in the late 70s, inspired a lot by some ideas of the Austrian Viktor Schauberger and has undergone a series of metamorphoses (see History), but can be seen as a focus point for groups interested in non-conventional ecological ideas and solutions.

An alternative research institute
Our purpose is to be a place for discussion and co-operation for those interested in actively helping to bring about a change and making ecological alternatives real.

This can be done in may ways:
First of all by trying out which ideas work and which does not, and secondly by putting those that work into practice, e.g. by devising and spreading useful inventions. Our focus is to study presently neglected unconventional ideas, e.g. alternative water treatment devices (such as the Martin vortexer and the Grander water treatment device) and evaluate to what extent they can complement or even replace traditional approaches.

Another approach is to study and become aware of our inter-connectedness with nature and explore new perspectives (sometimes in areas where it previously wasn't even recognized that there existed a second perspective). An example is Schauberger's focus on the process of evolution and adaptation in local eco-systems where the geology and hydrology is seen as actively participating in the eco-system, and being reshaped by the eco-system. That is, adaptation and evolution, not just between species in an environment, but as a complex environment reshaping itself. The development of sand banks in rivers, and their effect on plant growth on the banks, which in turn effects sand bank formation is an example of such an extended eco-system.

A self-organizing institute
The IET focus point is a non-profit foundation and the different groups form the network we call the IET Community. The foundation IET publish quality research reports, maintain an archive and a web site with mailing lists, and participate in arranging the IWONE symposium (arranged every two/three years, and alternating between Germany, Sweden and Switzerland).

IET doesn't organize any research. Different groups set their own agendas and carry out their own projects, but we co-operate in sharing results, and the vision that this kind of activity is necessary and important.