Urs Riggenbach Webdesign, Consulting, Renewable Energies

My Time

Open Access to Renewable Energies

Since 2012 I've been working with GoSol.org toward initiating a global wave of solar enterpreneurship.

Practical Tools for Change

Building web-platforms and systems with purpose that connect actors, empower people and facilitate change.


Curriculum Vitae

I am a Web-Designer, Sysadmin and Renewable Energy specialist. I'm a UWC and COA graduate, Farmer, Human Ecologist, Open Source Enthusiast, Techno Peasant, Biker, Longboarder, Scout, Hiker, Junglist and Salsa dancer.

My mantra is Global Collaboration - Local Production.

I bring an international Baccalaureate from the United World College, India and BA in Human Ecology from the College of Atlantic, US.

Chief Operating Officer

June 2012 - now
Launch of innovative platform for the spread of solar thermal energy solutions.

Solar Fire Concentration Ltd, Finland
Chief Operating Officer

June 2012 - now
Solar thermal technology solutions in the humanitarian and industrial sector.
- Technological development, project management, IT consulting, web and communication.

Autodesk Inc, San Francisco
Pier 9 Impact Residency

February 2017 - May 2017
- Industrial CNC machine training (Waterjet, Lasercuting, 5 axis CNC)
- Rapid prototyping using state of the art CNC machinery

Oekozentrum Langenbruck, Switzerland
Swiss Civil Service

August 2013 - February 2014
- Support in research and development.

WWF Switzerland
Swiss Civil Service

February 2013 - July 2013
- Development of exhibition on renewable energies.

Sustainable Design/Build, Yestermorrow, USA
Semester course in sustainable design and building practices

- Instructors from the fields of architecture, construction and joinery/Carpentry
- Application of principles of sustainability and sustainable design in the architecture of a "tiny house" of 227 square feet.
- Project planning and management with different build milestones.
- Construction of entire tiny house, see it in New York Post "Tiny House 227".
- Study and implementation of HVAC systems.

College of the Atlantic, USA
Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology

September 2008 - June 2012
- Relevant Coursework: Agroecology, Economic Development, International Water Resource Management, Physics II, Collaborative Leadership, Fieldwork: Seminar in Community-based Research, Documentary Film Making, Webdesign, Fixing Food Systems, Sustainability, Local Production - Global Collaboration.
- Senior project in Nepal installing renewable energy framework at rural school
- Spanish proficiency during project-stay in Yucatán, Mexico
- Davis UWC Scholar: full scholarship awarded

United World College, India
International Baccalaureate, IB

September 2006 - May 2008
- International Baccelaurate (IB) with major biology and economics.
- Course language English.
- Extended essay: Sugarcane Cultivation in the Mulshi Valley, India.
- Full Scholarship from the Swiss Association for UWC




OpenLabel: Product Information from the Crowd

Posted Saturday 12 September 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

I’ve been waiting for an open platform where people can share the "what to know" about any product. When I buy something I want to know what impact it has, on my health, the workers, the planet.

I want to know this information from people I trust, not from the corporations themselves that don’t want me to worry about "what kind of aerosol is in that deodorant and it’s climate impact" but rather "how this is going to increase my sex-appeal."

Finally the platforms that help us gather and use consumer sourced producer information are emerging. With OpenLabel, https://theopenlabel.com/, and www.wiki-products.org (German) we are entering a buying culture where if I have the choice between two products and I happen to care about animal rights I can make a better choice. Better might not be good, but if we’re sticking with consumerism let’s send the right signals up that chain.

When advertisement and mass media lose their power, we will probably stuff this void with real information. I’m looking forward to that.

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Unattended Upgrades on Debian

Posted Wednesday 24 June 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Unattended upgrades on Debian allow to sync/update any repository and install the upgraded packages automatically. This makes sense for packages in the security repository.

The following commands enable unattended security upgrades on Debian 7 and 8. Note that it is not enough to just install the "unattended-upgrades" package.

apt-get install unattended-upgrades apt-listchanges
dpkg-reconfigure -plow unattended-upgrades

By default it runs daily, sends a mail to root. Follow the Debian Wiki for further teaking: https://wiki.debian.org/UnattendedUpgrades

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