Newsletter: Understanding Water, Grey Water Courses in New Mexico
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Dear Systems Design Enthusiasts:
Ecological systems design differs from most conventional professions in that its focus is on the web of interconnections.
If I'd followed in the footsteps of my school comrades to become, say, an engineer of smart bombs, the most essential part of my job would be ignoring the connections between my work and everything else.
Web design is one of the few mainstream occupations where consideration of interconnectedness is recognized as fundamental to the job.
These last four months I've switched hats and have been pouring systems design effort into our web site e commerce.
It has been very new and interesting to mind-meld with collaborators who are highly skilled at systems design, but know little or nothing of it's application to the physical world of soil, sun, water, plants.
It's been like going to a different country and discovering that what at first appeared to be a foreign language is, in fact, a dialect of my native tongue...
Here are a few highlights of what we've done:
- Shopping cart which looks up real shipping charges for several shipping options (instead of flat rates for two options)
- Electronic checks now supported
- Fulfillment house which ships orders the same or next day (instead of waiting for us to get back from backpacking)
- Digital files available for immediate download after purchase (instead of waiting for us to e mail them)
- Hardware, books, and digital downloads can all be in the same order (our old shopping cart couldn't do this)
- Customer service service (featuring people who aren't working in Mexico when you need them)
- Automated newsletter subscribe/ unsubscribe system (hopefully more accurate than the old manual system)
- Wholesale order form automated, web-based wholesale ordering in beta testing
Why work on this? The point of our e commerce system is to create a gravity flow spring of money from designs we've already developed, so we can spend more time making new designs (and/or having a life!)
Test out the new system if you like. I especially recommend ordering Flow splitters (hardware) or Claves, which we couldn't even sell retail before because we couldn't prevent our shopping cart from trying to ship them book rate.
If you are interested in these solutions for your own site, check out the Web design page (I'd say the appropriate volume for this setup is $1000-$10,000 a month in sales).
We'll approach the topic from a wide range of perspectives: hydrologist, microbiologist, plant physiologist, chemist, backpacker, and wild nature spirit. If you can track across this whole spectrum you'll get the most out of it...
The class was an eye opener for me. It was such a pleasure to share this body of information I can't believe I've been sitting on it for so long. If you'd like us to prioritize work on the Understanding Water book/ CD-ROM, please cast a vote at the Vote for new books & articlespage. Meanwhile, there are a few hours of interesting reading linked from the Understanding water class course description page.
I'll be sharing my perspectives on Water Systems for Natural Building and Structurally Sound Cob at Ianto Evan's Cob Building course in Coquille, Oregon, August 5th-10th. Contact the Cob Cottage company for information on their course.
I'm planning to give a long awaited water and greywater systems design course in October 2003, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information contact Amy Pilling at Ecoversity, 505 424-9797 x2#, and see Gray water workshop for more info.
I'll be presenting the Water Systems for Natural Building information again sometime during the Natural Building Colloquium, October 5 11, 2003 at the Black Range Lodge in Kingston, New Mexico. For information, e mail Catherine Wanek.
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