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Cross-pollination: Honey Bee Network (India)

Anil Gupta seeks to enhance the inherent creativity of grassroots innovators, inventors and eco-preneurs while exploring a fresh paradigm for poverty reduction which celebrates inclusive development.

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      Gupta's Honey Bee Network aims to collect and cross-pollinate various local innovations – from clay fridges to pest control, pedal-powered washing machines to health drinks. They document widely sourced innovations – often from far-flung villages – and sometimes incubate and assist with marketing.

     I interviewed Gupta for Design Observer last year: "Most models of development are centered on what the poor don’t have rather than what they have. Some position the poor at the bottom of the economic pyramid, but this does not equate to a lack of knowledge, values and social networks. I prefer to see the poor as a provider than a market — with their limited material resources driving knowledge-intensive, informal innovation." Gupta's work addresses many issues – the need for local solutions to local challenges, inclusive development, economic and environmental sustainability. Check out his inspiring TED Talk:

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Nice one Eric! That cycle washing machine could solve the obesity problem as well ;^)

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