Who changes the world?
No matter who you are, everyone has the equal right to freedom of imagination and the chance to change the world. "Design For Freedom" acts to prove this along with grassroots innovators. Most innovators are born into families with few resources and receive little formal education. However, their innovations enhance their family's standards of living and create positive repercussions for society. Truly, this is proof that "anyone can change the world."
People's innovations such as steam locomotives, motor cars, TV, and ipod, changed our lives especially since the industrial revolution.
We discover inconceivable future when fantasists brought things to us.
Naturally, most of such leading-edge innovation yields in countries of developed economy. (It is natural to think like that, and we also believe this is do true.)
However, many innovation took shape in developed countries cost a lot.
Therefore, too intense price competition will lead firms to hire people from developing countries with low wage.
Also they use limited natural resources randomly to excess for increase of their productivity. (not sure what this line tries to convey, need reviewing )
For those consequences, people in developing countries cannot get the benefit of innovations
and always threatened by those innovations as they provide enjoyment to people in developed countries mostly.
E.F.Schumacher, the author of “Small is Beautiful” warns this exaggerate irrational industrialization, and advocates alternative innovation.
"We should not demand technological innovation can turn back destructive actions to people's live.
So what should we demand to scientists and engineers? My answer is this. Means and tools of science and technology should be 1.cheap so that everyone can obtain 2.can be used in a small scale 3.things which people can display their imagination. " (p44, Scumacher 'Small is Beautiful')
I think there are several pivots to achieve innovation in the developing countries. Environmental friendly, maintain freedom of work of employees, people equally obtain benefit from economic activities, and construct sustainable systems to resolve problems and social needs. They are already proven as essences of innovation in developing countries.
Innovation created from Grassroots will change the world. Sooner of or later, the day will come. Most of the people just wait, expecting such future will come by itself, but it will never come to us unless someone take action towards.
If we can prove that people in "poverty" have imagination and energy to change the world, those people will become more active enough to believe that "I can change the world".
And this validation will link to corroborate economic models and distributed -type of manufacturing originated in grassroots. Moreover, this will awaken the world enough to cognizance cognize developing countries as a new significance.
Thus, we leave our future to this project.
In Sri Lanka,
April. 2012. Takuto Motomura
Twenty-two years ago, Anil Gupta founded the Honeybee Network, creating a movement of grassroots innovation. Since then, the organization has taken innovative products produced by bottom of the pyramid/the grassroots level s to the world at large to be used to improve the living standards of all. These innovations are introduced to the world via their publication into in six different languages. The Honeybee Network contributes to the documentation, value-addition and intellectual property protection of these technological innovations.
Imagination and creation are core aspects of what it means to be human. The future we imagine and seek to develop in the present has infinite potential to change the world. So fundamental to the nature of humanity, Grassroots Innovation is distributed all throughout the world, and finally the nations of the world from Brazil to Nepal, Vietnam to Kenya have began to take notice and support this movement.
During his travels throughout India for the past twenty plus years Anil Gupta has been not only a thinker and educator, but also a pioneer in discovering grassroots level innovation. These small steps have sent ripples throughout China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Philippines and countries within Africa, as has his leadership in establishing foundations and working with national institutions. His work is supporting grassroots innovations, and has collected an astonishing 600,000+ different ideas so far.
How many people have though this and taken action? Only very rare people are actually moved to action, people who respond,"I am one who will change the world. "We have met many kinds of reformers and heroes in different times and places; they are the ones who take on problems as their own and use their firm beliefs to overcome the prejudices of the world. We are moved by these innovators.
Some inventors actualize the future and life that people could not imagine by converting into innovative products through many of the ideas of its own failure.
Some politician brought peace to his people by reforming collapse government confused society and by keep telling his own thoughts and idealism. (Need Reviewing by the writer)
Some entrepreneur devised innovative business model that open a crack in some vested interests some portion of prople benefits and eliminate people's inconvenience by incorporate a mechanism that will benefit all people involved.
Some revolutionary considered someone's problems as his own, and won people's freedom which has been constrained by leading massive advocates and resisting maladministration considered injustice.
Those heroic stories wins our hearts and minds, cheer us up, also feel as if we are one of the member of changing history and the world.
Then, how do you react if you meet people who can be those innovators?
How you can retain your excitements if you can commit to the story of "change"?
And how do you take facts that there are 1600 thousand innovators are in India?
Everything started by a person I encountered in India in 2011.
And some philanthropists protect people's dignity by providing innovative model that provide visual acuity lost in the malnutrition to poor people.
His name is Anil.K.Gupta, educator and philosopher who contributes to maximize the value of innovation from grassroots which he find in India by foot since 20 years ago..
Later on, his activities bear enough to influence not only the Indian government but also many countries in the world supporting the grassroots innovators.
And more surprisingly, more than 1600thousads innovations are found in India.
I actually visited some grassroots innovators introduced by Anil.
Still impacts they are making is small, but they are actually fulfilling certain people’s need which the governments and international organizations cannot. I believe that their possibilities are still growing.
Most of innovators are rarely educated, and living in a low standard.
However, their experience and technologies are practically used to invent innovation. They are converting weakness to strength.
They create tools from their living environment, and keep improving them by evaluating themselves as a user.
This process does take time, but innovators overcome every difficulty and achieve to make products and system that other poor people enable to purchase. As a result, they win the “new freedom”.
It should be noted that innovators produce products in very cheap price so that people live in same economic level cab buy.
In India in fact, many innovators invent new economic model which based on distributed production system, and most of them are creating social impact then economic impact.
Yet, corporation toward this possibility is not enough. Anil has been poured his funds to prevail grassroots innovators for long time and finally became a reality.
There are problems we should lead this project to success. Innovations we excavate from grassroots are not always perfect. We have to change and improve products to commercialize. Thus, we need expert designers and engineers to reach. However, such human resource is still insignificant, and researches to understand the results and social impacts that those innovation might provide to the market is still in process of developing.
Our answer to the first question is this.
They (grassroots innovators) become the main actors to change the world.
To achieve this, we construct platform to provide “resource” they need.
Local problems only can be solved by the local people with their imagination and creativity.
It might sounds like anti-globalization or capitalist.But I do not care what people think since it is impossible to resist toward tide of the world.
I and my fellows are excited about the possibility of innovations coming from grassroots. Typically in the current world, developed countries support developing countries. However, sometimes developed countries system and economic development deprive freedom of imagination from people in developing countries, and forced the values of one-sided.
When I visited Anil, he told me that
“Small wisdom which poor people has is the most important resource to solve problems”
We would like to be involved in this great project with paying respect to Anil’s activities.
And I would like to say that I will bet my life to challenge on this project
Design for Freedom aims to:
1) Scout, design, and promote Grass Roots Innovations (GRI)
2) Develop and spread awareness about GRI throughout the world
3) Speed up the rate of change through publications and GRI events
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A clay refrigerator that uses zero electricity
An inventor deciding his life to innovation
An innovation that took advantage of a handicap
The background of the practical application of regenerated energy
Daisuke Namiki（tetol creative）
Atsushi Hyogo（TONARI Co.Ltd.）