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Dear Joy,

Very powerful idea, congratulations! As this is essentially dependent on a widespread 'mindset shift' around the use of crop residues, I would be interested to hear more about how you approach the issue of the necessary large scale attitude-behaviour change for this to hit scale. I am also interested in if (and if so, how) beneficiaries are playing a genuine role (being co-creators, rather than 'just' consulted in this initiative from the beginning.
As a disclaimer I have very little technical knowledge or understanding of the field but I would urge extreme geographic focus in the beginning for a prototype / pilot phase (working with one small community and very deeply engaging local stakeholders in the design and refining before thinking about scale)

I also came across another entry in this challenge with a similar theme below! focushttps://challenges.openideo.com//challenge/bridgebuilder2/beneficiary-feedback/developing-rural-livelihood-and-reducing-carbon-emissions-through-decentralized-biomass-upgrading.


I also came across another entry in this challenge with a similar theme below! focushttps://challenges.openideo.com//challenge/bridgebuilder2/beneficiary-feedback/developing-rural-livelihood-and-reducing-carbon-emissions-through-decentralized-biomass-upgrading.

Hello Kelly,

Regarding Q1 I would absolutely encourage you to think about scale in terms of 'scaling your impact' rather than thinking about scaling your organisation 'Found in Translation' and think about how to who would be your ideal replication and dissemination partners. HOw can you move beyond the 'direct service work' which is of course vital but which is very difficult to scale. Check out some resources around this on https://www.ashoka.org/en/program/ashoka-globalizer. Some interesting models who have opted to open source their trainings and tools include Kaboom! and Aflatoun. Q)2 I don't have the specialist knowledge for I'm afraid. For Q3) Check out Phineo's Social Impact Navigator https://www.phineo.org/themen/social-impact-navigator for looking at the depth / different levels of outcome to measure, it might provide some inspiration.

Good luck!

Hi Kevin! Love this, very thoroughly thought through with global relevance for the bottom of the pyramid. A couple of people from our Ashoka network I would recommend checking out: http://www.dazin.org prototyping some interesting work around converting biomass into a safe alternative to black carbon : Also https://www.ashoka.org/ja/fellow/martín-ascacibar : using cross-capital participation. I don't feel in a position to look into the technical elements of your 3 unanswered questions but I would be fascinated to see you elaborate more in this submission the human side of this, how could decentralised and cooperative models also be used to give the smallholder farmers more ownership. What creative partnerships can be developed with community groups and organisations to empower farmers beyond modest financial gains?