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Can solar power help eradicate extreme poverty in the developing world? Many social entrepreneurs think so, and are investing their time and money in a variety of technologies. Here are a few more seeking funding…
Get some exercise while charging your phone battery, shelling nuts, or making a margarita? That’s just a part of potential of pedal power… lots of projects to try in this “list of lists.”
As we prepare for another year of publication (and the celebration of our 10th anniversay), we’re taking a look back at what topics and posts did well during 2012.
We often refer to our homes as “the roof over our heads”… but, unless it needs repair, we generally don’t give much thought to our actual roofs. That’s often not the case in the developing world, where makeshift roofing of materials like corrugated tin often provides minimal protection in normal conditions… and often none when disasters like hurricanes strike. The SodaBIB system addresses some of the most common problems with roofing in the world’s poorest areas.
Lower-tech forms of shipping could open up whole worlds of economic opportunity… and with marginal environmental impact, if done right. The creators of the Greenheart Project are trying to accomplish those goals with the development of a simply-designed, solar and sail-powered ship created specifically for use by some of the world’s poorest people.
Appropriate technology not only creates efficiency, but also liberation and empowerment for the developing world’s women.
Clean cooking stoves address multiple problems created by traditional indoor cooking in the developing world: they reduce the amount of smoke and soot that leads to respiratory disease, they cut deforestation rates, and they lighten the carbon impact of food preparation. Canadian social enterprise Novotera has added a further benefit to this technology: its PlanetStove also creates economic opportunities for users because it creates charcoal from the wood users “burn” in their stoves.
Hand washing your clothes is a greener option in the developed world; in parts of the developing world, though, it’s the only option. The Up-Stream is a cheap, human-powered washing machine that could make laundry more efficient for the world’s poorest people.
Wonderbag, the clean insulating cooker, is partnering up with Microsoft to develop robust data on the distribution of its signature product, and the carbon savings realized by their use.
Product distribution ain’t sexy, but it’s critical. Dell Social Innovation Challenge winners Essmart has developed a system for ensuring that necessary products are distributed to the communities that need them most.
Technologies like solar-powered LED lights may seem like cool gadgets to those of us in the “first world”… but they’re necessary tools for combating poverty and poor health in the developing world.
The zeer pot is a simple, low-tech device that can keep food and drink cool without electricity. They’re also really easy to make…