Solving problems from the insider's perspective while empowering the innovation of an undervalued population.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
A wise old somebody once said, "Feed a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and you feed him for life." Well, doing one better would be to give them access to a world of knowledge & communication with a community that is experiencing similar environmental pressures. Humans have proved to be resilient & our abilities to innovate and invent solutions are only improved by impending disaster/the need to survive.
I propose outside funding for computers, internet access & a safe structure to house the computer in (concrete building on high ground). Create a Wiki that is shared internationally among slums, make most of the interface visual (install a camera & a way to submit hand-drawn diagrams), & use Google translate plus voice-to-text so that people can contribute their ideas despite language barriers. Make the default purpose of the computer for tracking the weather using GPS and satellites, but allow the people to search for, share & create solutions. Problems will only change with time, so create a way for problem-solving to evolve.
Also, make their innovations copyrighted: investors can buy them and thus invest in slum development/support inventors.
Primarily, the people of the slums benefit.
Secondarily, innovation that originates in the slums can:
1) create new technology that can be shared worldwide
2) set a new precedent for how banks and corporations interact with slums
3) possibly help decrease poverty and unemployment in slums
4) inspire an unlikely group of inventors/engineers from an undervalued population
-and if the ideas that come out of the slums are truly inspiring, the world may benefit from their solutions.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
The idea of using a worldwide, shared collaborative platform to solve ever-changing challenges that accompany climate change is an idea that allows for flexibility (with smartphones, information can be shared anywhere), can be used by any gender/age (equal opportunity), makes working WITH the people a necessary element in its success, & is a simple enough concept that anyone can grasp it.
It also considers that these people have something unique to offer; they live in an environment many First World Country city-dwellers don't understand. Because of that, they have a perspective that is unique, problem solving skills that are used on a daily basis (because I'm sure there are many things they must fix/repair themselves), & incentives that are meaningful: create shelter/find food/purify water... or die.
But during even the best of times, if they invent something that could be bought, profiting from those inventions could get them out of the slums or even transform the slum itself.
I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
A recent applied-anthropology graduate, I have less experience than I'd like doing field work. I've travelled to Himachal Pradesh and have seen what little villagers have to live on, but also noticed how well they solve problems. Waiting for a chance to collaborate & put these ideas into practice!