The success story of how William Kamkwamba had overcome adversity to build windmills in his small Malawian village has been a favorite research inspiration in past OpenIDEO challenges. Seeing how this story is especially relevant to this challenge, I
Packaged goods that can be easily found in local marketplaces can be retrofitted to carry basic hygiene and sanitary kits. By repurposing the packaging and distribution networks of consumer products, we can get more sanitary supplies into the hands o
When SARS broke out in 2002, face masks were quickly adopted to prevent the spread of the life threatening respiratory disease. At first, the scene of crowds wearing identical white and blue face masks was unsettling reminder of the ensuing epidemic.
In 1988, while stationed as a British Aid worker in Zambia, Simon Berry noticed that it was easier for locals to get their hands on a bottle of Coca-Cola than was for them to gain access to clean water or other basic need items. Noticing this, Berry
Bottles for Smiles is a one-for-one program that works to transfer the positive impacts of consumer recycling to benefit the needs of low-income families. It is widely understood that recycling has a positive long term impact on the environment by re
I recently had a chance to sit down with Mona Zhao and learn a little bit about her experiences in working with young scholars at the Meritus Fund. Mona was a past Meritus Scholar, a current Meritus Board member, and also a recruiting professional.
This week, I had a chance to grab lunch with Patrick from Minds Matter SF (MMSF) and learn more about his work with the mentees. Both Patrick and I have been working with MMSF for some time now. While I work more with external partnerships, Patrick h
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a San Francisco Youth Employment Coalition (YEC) meeting at the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). Having previously corresponded with YEC's co-chair, Justin Brown, I was given an opportunity in the
A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to sit down with Jeff from BUILD to gain a better understanding of his successes in working with his entrepreneurial mentee team from Woodside High School. Jeff and his fellow mentor havejust led their mentees to t
A while back, I came upon a great article in the Harvard Business Review Blog that featured a piece from Glenn Llopis on how adopting an "immigrant mindset" can bring about success in both business and life. Glenn Llopis is a recognized Cuban-America
One of my favorite inspirational movies of all time is The Pursuit of Happyness. I won't leak too many spoilers about the story line for those that have not yet seen this great film. Instead, I wanted to highlight an insightful scene that is particul
Hal Lasko is a retired 98 year-old graphic designer who discovered a new career creating amazingly beautiful images with Microsoft Paint. Hal's grandson, Ryan Lasko, introduced him to Microsoft paint during the late 90's. As Hal's eyesight worsened d
This is a simple idea to deliver fun and refreshing reminders to people's mobile devices on a routinely scheduled basis. Recycleminder would prevent reoccurring encouragements to recycle from becoming repetitive and mundane. The original reminder mes
After Hours Homefronts is a grassroots program to make local streets safer at night by working with shop owners of low income urban areas to setup informal community spaces where women can gather after working hours. The After Hour Homefronts are out
"If public spaces are safe, then the home and everywhere else will be safe" - Huairou Commission
I came upon this great article that was published by the Huairou Commission on how grass root women organizations around the world can work to build s
Meaning "Collective Light," Foroba Yelen is a portable street light system that was developed to improve the lives of Mali's rural villages. In Mali, access to electricity from the grid is available to only 45% of the population. After a two year sta
Amnesty International launched the "La Mariposa," Butterfly of Hope project to mark the 50th anniversary of their global campaign to protect women and girls against sexual violence in Nicaragua. Beheld as a symbol of hope, the butterfly was described
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