Theme: Tales of Invention
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” – Winston Churchill
– Another profile of her at World Changing .
– About 2 million kids die from respiratory diseases caused by indoor smoke from burning charcoal/wood when cooking.
– Works on alternative cooking fuels to reduce this problem. Produces environmentally-friendly charcoal from agricultural waste materials. Is also working to improve access to safe drinking water by low-cost water testing and treatment systems e.g. solar water disinfection (hey AfroM).
– Her presentation had me thinking about the local Jua Kali industry and how little we are doing to scale that up and harness that.
– Focus on enabling communities to create value for themselves (donâ€™t try and design outside the community) and educating people not to stop being farmers but to stop being poor farmers.
2) Speaker: Joshua Prince-Ramus (Architecht)