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Alexis commented on iMerciv - The BuzzClip

Wonderful product and what an innovative idea! I would like to know though how this increases opportunity and/or combats stigma. Furthermore, what are you planning to do in these countries specifically with your product? Do you want to sell, gift, subsidize etc. Will you be doing product to client or will you be trying to sell to NGO's or governments?

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Alexis commented on SmartLocate

Hi Coenie,

This is a fascinating and necessary project that I can imagine will really help to enhance the quality of life of persons in South Africa. I am interested to know though how this specifically ties into the challenge's goals of combating stigma and increasing the opportunities for persons with disabilities. I think you can argue it indirectly, but your proposal will be strengthened by more explicitly connecting your dots with stigma and opportunities.

Jens, love the use of storytelling to counteract stigma and discrimination but I am curious to know how you will disseminate these stories and obtain impact with the general population. Often times the largest challenge that people within the disabilities movement face especially when it comes to stigma is changing the mentalities of those who are not receptive to the stories of persons with disabilities or would not watch or come across the work that you all seek to do. Have you all looked into how this plays out in the context of each country and how you would get your work out there to really make an impact on stigma and discrimination? I would be more than happy to brainstorm ideas with you guys since I conducted research on this in South America and formulated an anti-stigma campaign.