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Dear Marcela,

Thank you for your great contribution.

We have evaluated in a recent project the social dimension of sustainability on women involved on seweing. That information could be used to assess the potential implications of NETIncome.

In order to perform this assessment our plan is to use the UNEP protocol for SLCA (see below the reference we are using).

UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. Guidelines For Social Life Cycle Assessment Of Products. 2009. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 15.07.2009.

What do you think?

Yours
A. Santos

Dear Luisa,

I read the Om´s idea for transforming the situation of women in an area of Kathmandu. One particular aspect of that idea would be interesting to borrow to the NETIncome Idea: bringing women to share their knowledge, their stories. The NETIncome System does include training activities in order to enable women to add further value on their income generating activities. Inspired by Om´s idea we believe that we could integrate on the system a communication platform that enable women to share their experiences and stories. Even on the lown income families women is already used to web-based social networks (e.g. facebook). Thus, one possible scenario is a communication platform associated with the network of modules. This communication platform might require a communication device implemented in each module, enabling them to communicate in real time with other owners of NETIncome modules on the same region.

Regarding the steps to move forward with the envisioned idea we would need definetly to:

a) map the existing technical competenciess among women on the pilot community;

b) map potencial demands for orders on services and products on the same region;

c) to design a prototype of the NETIncome module: it has to consider the range of technical competencies required by the companies in the region and, also the range of existing competencies among women;

d) to design the services associated with the NETIncome modules;

d) to scale up the production of the NETIncome modules: this phase involves setting up a platform of communication to be added on the infrastructure of the NETIncome Modules..

The proposition consists of a Product-Service Sytem (PSS) that includes both the physical module, with a properly designed working space, and the services to enable income generation which includes training, communication, logistics and module maintenance. Hence, this PSS could be sold both a aervice directly to women or through companies, NGOs and government. It would specially be beneficial to those initiatives in the government to generate local employment among women. Orders from government, industry and society in general are agregated and distributed throughout the local network of NETIncome modules, enabling that even those women without the possibility of leaving their homes (e.g.: disability) to be able to get some extra income.

This is just a concept at this stage. I have discussed the idea with partners from industry, NGOs and government. The feedback has been quite positive. We also investigated if there is similar system elsewhere in the globe. We saw some ideas on working space modules, but none of them were directed to work as an interconnected net of modules on low income settings.

We have been working at the Design & Sustainability Research Center with low income families in the past 20 years in Brazil and this idea comes from the realization that despite that the majority of women do some income generation activity inside of their homes, that work is under valued. Due to that, they have to find jobs outside of their community. It is clear for us that solely providing physical modules for better working spaces will not solve the problem. We definetly need to design the services associated with that as well as co-designing it with the community throughout the entire process. We have already a low income community nearby Curitiba that are ready to be the pilot application of this concept.