Category Archives: Grassroots Innovation

Grassroots Innovation | Humanitarian Design and the power of change


Abject Object is a design enterprise that supports homeless individuals and shelters through the design, production, and sale of retail accessories made from reclaimed materials. A hands-on rather than handout model for social and economic empowerment, Abject Object teaches valuable … Continue reading

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Eco hero in the most unlikely place – Brazilian city dump!


Lucy Walker’s Waste Land, which is part of this year’s lineup on Independent Lens, opens this Friday, October 29 at the Angelika Film Center in New York. The documentary tells the extraordinary tale of the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and his journey … Continue reading

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There’s an app for that… and having TALENT helps big time


iPhone’s ad “There’s an App for that…!” has become a popular catchphrase. And as long as there’s talent out there, the creativity to create new apps and use existing ones with a new chutzpah will continue unabated. So, what happens … Continue reading

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Grassroots Innovation | Alleviating poverty one SMS at a time…[6]


Examples of human ingenuity and grassroots innovation abound! All you need is to look around you and observe (and yes, you can do all that online, in the comfort of your armchair, thanks to the internet). BodaPhone [L], a moniker … Continue reading

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Grassroots Innovation | Alleviating poverty one SMS at a time…[5]


Again on Jan Chipchase, former ethnographic designer & researcher for Nokia, who explores an interesting topic on Shared Cellphone Use habits in Africa. It’s from 2007 (as is the accompanying TED Talk 2007), so it’s rather old, but the underlying idea … Continue reading

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Grassroots Innovation | Alleviating poverty one SMS at a time…[4]


I stumbled upon a piece in Afrigadget.com that describes the topic of cellphones and development TO A “T”! A story about Jan Chiphase, Executive Creative Director of Global Insights at the San Francisco office of Frog Design – a global design and … Continue reading

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Grassroots Innovation | Alleviating poverty one SMS at a time…[3]


Still on the same subject of making change with the cellphone for BoP (Bottom of the Pyramid) communities across the world. Mobile phones have the potential to contribute significantly to economic growth in the developing world, in both the private … Continue reading

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