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allAfrica.com: Africa: What Can 'Frugal Innovation' Do for Development? (Page 1 of 4)

allAfrica.com: Africa: What Can 'Frugal Innovation' Do for Development? (Page 1 of 4) | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience (RT @ColleeninLondon: Africa: What Can 'Frugal Innovation' Do for Development?
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Economist Honors Embrace with Innovation Award | Public Interest Design

Economist Honors Embrace with Innovation Award | Public Interest Design | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
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"The team behind infant warmer Embrace–and the for-profit arm, Embrace Innovations–will be honored with The Economist’s Innovation Award on December 3rd in London. Jane Chen, Rahul Panicker, Naganand Murty andLinus Liang will receive the Social & Economic Innovation Award for their work in tackling this staggering statistic: “20 million premature and low-birth-weight babies are born around the world each year and four million of them die within the first four weeks of life – about 450 per hour.” Their commitment to underserved communities around the world is especially notable.

The nonprofit organisation Embrace has now set up 20 programs in 10 countries to distribute the warmer. It has hired local staff and established partnerships around the globe, including Afghanistan, Uganda, China, Guatemala and South Sudan. Recognizing that technology alone is not enough to solve the problem of hypothermia, Embrace integrates the warmer into public health education programs to have a deeper and more lasting impact on the communities it serves."

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Enter India's amazing world of frugal innovation

By Arion McNicoll, for CNN 

Indian inventors recycle old technology to solve local problemsInventions include amphibious bicycles, wind-powered irrigation systems and tree-climbing machinesFrugal innovators around India have patented their inventions and received awards

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"In 2001 a huge earthquake shook the state of Gujarat in India.

2,000 people were killed, 400,000 lost their homes, and countless more lost their businesses in the devastation.

One young entrepreneur, Mansukhbhai Prajapati, lost everything, but found an innovative way to get back on his feet. Prajapati designed a low-cost clay fridge which required no electricity and continued to function in the event of major catastrophes or blackouts such as the one that devastated his village.

Prajapati's invention is part of a growing trend in India that has become known as "frugal innovation" -- below-the-radar inventors across the country devising low-cost solutions to local problems, often borne of necessity, using bespoke technologies of their own creation.

The Mitticool Fridge was developed and launched by Indian engineer, Mansukhbhai Prajapati (pictured), in 2006. Made entirely from clay, the device costs roughly $50 and uses no electrical power. It can keep items of food fresh for up to five days and has been a valuable addition to rural communities in India."

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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives.
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"The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.

The infographic (click on the image to see the full PDF) was created by Kim Saxe, director of Nueva’s iLab, and one of the champions of design thinking. "

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Extreme By Design The Movie | A film about students building a better world . . . one product at a time.

Extreme By Design The Movie | A film about students building a better world . . . one product at a time. | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

"About The Film:

Extreme By Design is the story of three Stanford students who design low-cost products that meet basic needs of the world’s poor. During a 6-month d.school course, Design for Extreme Affordability, they travel to Bangladesh and Indonesia and race to build life-saving breathing devices, IV medicine infusion pumps, and fresh water storage systems."

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Pay As You Go Sunshine: How Solar Energy and Mobile Phones are Powering the Developing World

Pay As You Go Sunshine: How Solar Energy and Mobile Phones are Powering the Developing World | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

"In today’s special edition of “Digital Diversity”, Olivia O’Sullivan, interviews Simon Bransfield-Garth, the CEO of Eight19, the company providing pay-as-you-go solar energy system which provides clean and affordable electricity to off-grid rural communities."

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"Interview by Olivia O’Sullivan

Hi Simon. Can you tell us exactly what Eight19 does?

What we’re trying to do is find novel ways to bring solar power to emerging markets, trying to get over some of the problems that have occurred in the last ten years when people have tried to take solar into those markets.

What we did was to combine mobile phone technology and solar technology. This allows us to create what we call “pay-as-you-go solar.” So just in the same way as you buy a scratch-card for your mobile phone every so often, you buy a scratch-card which enables your solar power to work for a period of time – for example a week or month, whatever it may be. (...)"

Check out at : http://www.eight19.com/

 

 

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10 Cases of Appropriate Technology

10 Cases of Appropriate Technology | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
The goal of Appropriate Technology (AT) is to increase the standard of living for the developing world without condescension, complication, or environmental damage.

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Wonderful inventions! Have a look at them ! Among them, the Hippo roller, a simple tool for transporting water from water-holes to homes, an alternative to the traditional barrels-on-heads. 

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Embrace: Spread The Warmth

http://embraceglobal.org Embrace is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing maternal and child health by delivering innovative solutions to the world..".

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Beautiful new video from  @embracewarmer. If you're not familiar with embrace, check out this 02:46 mn video. Such a great organization!

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The Empowering People Award - Innovators await decision on low-tech award - SciDev.Net

The Empowering People Award - Innovators await decision on low-tech award - SciDev.Net | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

"The “empowering people. Award” aims to identify simple and appropriate technological solutions and to make them visible and accessible to everyone. These innovations enable the sustainable improvement in the supply of basic needs in developing countries." "The criteria used for selection include the “smartness of the technological solution and its social impact, business potential in developing countries and environmental effects”.

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Technological solutions such as a low-cost prosthetic knee and an all-terrain wheelchair are among the inventions shortlisted for an award funded by a charitable arm of German engineering and electronics giant Siemens.
The 23 low-tech innovations shortlisted for the Empowering People Award for their potential to improve the lives of people in developing countries were unveiled last month (16 September). The three winners will share nearly US$137,000 and will get business support
The first call for entries to the award was made in June 2012 at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil.

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Jugaad: Lessons in Frugal Innovation | Innovation Management

Jugaad: Lessons in Frugal Innovation | Innovation Management | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
Resourcefulness amid serious constraints is known in India as ‘Jugaad.’ In this article, Accenture’s Mitali Sharma suggests this simple concept — which gave birth to a $2,500 car, a $12 solar lamp, and a life-saving incubator made from car parts —...
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"Jugaad is a Hindi colloquialism that refers to constraint-based innovation. While it may also be a way of life in India, where “inventing what you need by using only what you have” is an imperative, it also has been the source of breakthroughs that have improved the lives of millions beyond India in the developing world.""Frugal innovation and Jugaad principles are especially important in today’s economy."

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How To Create Products For People Living On Less Than $4 Per Day.

How To Create Products For People Living On Less Than $4 Per Day. | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

FOR BRINGING A DESIGN ETHIC TO THIRD-WORLD HEALTH, D-Rev products--including a revolutionary new prosthetic knee-- are making a huge splash in the rest of the world. No affordable solution for the poor didn’t yet exist 

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"D-Rev is a non-profit design product development company whose mission is to improve the health and incomes of people living on less than $4 per day. They work or have worked in India, Haiti, Nepal, Ecuador, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Bangladesh and Iraq. Some of their products include a cost-effective device called Brilliance to treat new-borns with jaundice that sells for $400 (rather than $3,000, which is what competing products cost) and helps hospitals save over $200 per year on costly bulb replacements, a low-cost, high-quality artificial knee called the ReMotion Knee, a solar starter kit that costs $50 dubbed Rise Solar, low-cost methods to pasteurize milk and using affordable devices to improve lives of farmers."

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BioLite Stove, or how to convert cooking waste heat into electricity ! Cheap and desirable for the people who need it most.

BioLite Stove, or how to convert cooking waste heat into electricity ! Cheap and desirable for the people who need it most. | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

"BioLite develops and manufactures advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean safe and easy as modern fuels while also providing electricity to charge cell phones and LED lights off-grid. We feel a strong sense of responsibility not just to develop products that work well but also to create businesses that make a positive contribution to the global community.."

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"The BioLite Home-Stove converts waste heat into electricity while cooking. This stove is being used in pilot programs in India, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda."

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Designed with PTC Creo: Lifesaving Infant Warmer Wins Top Award

Designed with PTC Creo: Lifesaving Infant Warmer Wins Top Award | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) recently awarded one of its top prizes to the Embrace Infant Warmer. This portable incubator looks like a sleeping bag, but it includes technology...

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Creating a Product to Maximize Impact

Creating a Product to Maximize Impact | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
If you live on less than $4 per day and have lost your leg, it is likely not from conflict or a landmine. Rather it was a vehicle accident: you were riding a moped and were hit by a truck, or hopping
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"At D-Rev we believe the knee – and all the products we develop – should be distributed and scaled through the market. The ReMotion knee will retail for $80 - compared to other high performance polycentric knees that retail at $1,400-$20,000 or more! We've seen lower cost knees ($120 and less), but the trade-off is functionality and performance; most are donated.Using the marketplace - selling not donating our products - requires our product to meet the needs of our customers (in this case, clinics) and users and holds us accountable as designers. It also means that we want our products to be economically self-sustaining to so that it can reach everyone who needs it - not rely on donors. "

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A life-saving warmth: Embrace

A life-saving warmth: Embrace | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
Four graduates from Stanford University tackle infant mortality head-on by offering a cheaper alternative to the standard incubator
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"Over 40,000 infant warmers have been sold after it was launched in 2011, in India and in 14 other countries, including Afghanistan and Uganda. Two of the founders have since returned to the US to pursue other avenues, while Chen recently shifted to the US to help with the company's international expansion. Panicker says Embrace is also looking at developing other products in the maternal and infant health space."

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WHO | Emerging economies drive frugal innovation

WHO | Emerging economies drive frugal innovation | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

"A host of new and reliable low-cost medical devices specially adapted to needs of low- and middle-income countries is on the way, driven by increased demand for cost-effective health care. Ajanthy Arasaratnam and Gary Humphreys report." 

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"Medical device use is similarly concentrated in high-income countries, with just 13% of the global population accounting for 76% of global medical device use."

“Low-cost medical devices have enormous potential to reduce the gap between the developed and developing worlds, and to reach the ‘last mile’ of people in the most innovative ways.”

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The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship in Business Schools - Inspiring better leaders for a better world

The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship in Business Schools - Inspiring better leaders for a better world | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

"Inspiring and connecting better leaders for a better world, through media and global events.Twenty years ago, on two different business school campuses a continent away, the seeds of social entrepreneurship were planted."

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"MBA programs today are minting not just captains of industry, but also crusaders for social good. Any program teaching business skills needs to train their graduates to serve both companies and society. This means equipping would-be entrepreneurs with an understanding of multiple bottom lines and equipping would-be corporate professionals with intrapreneurial vision to connect business interests to social value. Steeped in both social and business principles this new breed of MBAs will be able to navigate complexity and create opportunities to sustain the world we live and work in."

 
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World's best frugal innovations | The Alternative

World's best frugal innovations | The Alternative | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
With the current high consumption rates, there's a need for better choices in usage of resources and a frugal mindset. Here is a list of some of the world's best frugal innovations.
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David Kelley of IDEO talks “design thinking” on 60 Minutes | TED Blog

David Kelley of IDEO talks “design thinking” on 60 Minutes | TED Blog | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
What makes a great designer? According to IDEO founder David Kelley, the key characteristic is empathy.
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"He explains, “The big thing about design thinking is it allows people to build on the ideas of others. Instead of just having that one thread. You think about it, I come up with an idea, and then somebody from somewhere else says, ‘Oh that makes me think we should do this and then we could do that.’ And then you get to a place that you just can’t get to in one mind.”

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1.6 Billion People In The World Don't Have Electricity — So Here's A Cool Solar-Powered Light Called 'Luci'

1.6 Billion People In The World Don't Have Electricity — So Here's A Cool Solar-Powered Light Called 'Luci' | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it
Flexible and light.

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"MPowerD was founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York. They currently have seven full-time employees and have raised $1.6 million from friends, family and the former CEO of Hasbro Toys, Alan G. Hassenfeld." "

"The question is will they buy it? The Luci retails for $14.95 and Piverger, the CEO and co-founder of MPowerD, believes his little light will help change the world. He told CNBC his company has already sold more than 100,000 lights with backorders for 100,000 more. 

Piverger told CNBC "We feel as many as we can produce, we can sell, and we're trying to augment capacity to 200,000 a month within the next two to three months,"

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“Empowering people. Award”. Shortlist

“Empowering people. Award”. Shortlist | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

"Discover the profiles of the 23 shortlisted submissions for the “Empowering people. Award”.

 on October 30th, 2013 at the Award Ceremony in Nairobi!

 

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"Over 800 technical solutions for basic supply problems were submitted to the Siemens Stiftung. All entries underwent a rigorous selection process by our experts (see International Jury) and the 23 most promising submissions were shortlisted for the "empowering people. Award". 

 

 

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Design Thinking for Social Innovation (SSIR)

Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world.
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"Design thinking crosses the traditional boundaries between public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors. By working closely with the clients and consumers, design thinking allows high-impact solutions to bubble up from below rather than being imposed from the top."

"Systemic Problems Need Systemic Solutions. Many social enterprises already intuitively use some aspects of design thinking, but most stop short of embracing the approach as a way to move beyond today’s conventional problem solving. Certainly, there are impediments to adopting design thinking in an organization. Perhaps the approach isn’t embraced by the entire organization. Or maybe the organization resists taking a human-centered approach and fails to balance the perspectives of users, technology, and organizations."

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Entrepreneur Helps World's Poor While Turning a Profit

Entrepreneur Helps World's Poor While Turning a Profit | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

A privately held, for-profit social enterprise that designs and manufactures low-cost drip irrigation systems for small-plot farmers in the developing world.

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One of the  stanford 'Entrepreneurial Design for the Extreme Affordability' student is Peter Frykman who came up with a way to help small plot farmers in rural areas where the water supply is limited. He started a company called DripTech. Based in Mountain View, it now serves small farmers in India and China.

Unlike most irrigation systems, this one doesn't require filters or electricity -- only a bucket and a way to manually control the flow of water.

"We've made it more affordable," said Frykman. "We've made it simpler to install and maintain. It runs on lower pressure and we can manufacture it locally."  

The cost of the irrigation system runs about $150 per half-acre. (25% of normal drip irrigation system). Most small plot farms have less than five acres.

Crops grown using Driptech’s product have brought some farmers 50%- 150% higher market prices,  it helps them boost their field productivity by 40%.. The cost of a system is usually repaid within 6 months through yield increase and water and labor savings.

http://www.driptech.com/index.html

Six hundred million subsistence farmers lack irrigation water leaving them locked in poverty. A full third of the world’s population suffers from water scarcity.

 

 

 

 

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Frugal innovation [Wikipedia Article]

Frugal innovation or frugal engineering is the process of reducing the complexity and cost of a good and its production. Usually this refers to removing none...
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A Youtube video about Frugal innovation [Wikipedia Article]. "In May 2012 The Financial Times newspaper called the concept "increasingly fashionable"."

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Should Your Business Be Nonprofit or For-Profit?

Should Your Business Be Nonprofit or For-Profit? | Frugal innovative design in social economy | Scoop.it

Social entrepreneurs often grapple with the decision of whether to establish their organizations as nonprofit or for-profit in order to reach their goals. But what if you don't know which model to use, or which would best suit your mission? I've stood at this crossroads myself, and share my own experience here in the hopes that it will help inform other social entrepreneurs facing the same decision.

When I was a graduate student at Stanford University in 2007, a team of students and I first conceptualized the Embrace Infant Warmer — a low cost way to regulate the temperature of vulnerable newborns, without the need for constant electricity, and at a fraction of the cost of existing solutions. We were eager to take this product to the disadvantaged communities who desperately needed it. We needed to build an organization by which we could carry out this vision, and inevitably, the question arose: Should we be a for-profit or a nonprofit entity?


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