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Cynthia Wunsch

Thank you for supporting Blog Action Day and for bringing these innovative resources to light or reminding us of them. For my part, I've dugg your post!

becoming minimalist

thanks for taking the time and devoting your blog to this issue of poverty. good for you for taking a stand.

i do hope that your readers will make a contribution to a charity of their choosing.

Mykl Roventine

Great suggestions Katie! Thanks especially for mentioning Cheerful Givers. I'm proud to be on their board and a longtime supporter of their good work.

I think your point about flashy innovations taking up so much of our attention is important. If we devoted a quarter of as much time and energy to find solutions to problems like poverty, great things could happen.


Thanks for your intersting post. It is always inspiring to read about innovations that really help people. Here is another great example:The Play Pumps http://www.playpumps.org/site/c.hqLNIXOEKrF/b.2589561/k.C08/The_PlayPump_System__The_Water_Problem.htm

Lack of access to safe drinking water is a critical problem in poor countries around the world. Every year, thousands of people die from infectious diseases, brought on by polluted water. PlayPumps International has come up with a successful, creative solution to the problem: a merry-go-round that pumps water into a storage tank, while children have fun riding it round and round. What is so brilliant about this idea is its simplicity. Kids at play spin the merry-go-round anyway, so the system uses an existing resource to achieve a new objective, improving the quality of life for the entire village.

Yauhan Mehta


I was browsing through your website and exploring your thoughts on Creativity and Innovation. I enjoyed reading several of your blogs and I felt that your ideas on Innovation were quite insightful. I am an Innovation Research Assitant at The DeSai Group- a consulting firm thats focuses on the domains of Strategy-Driven Innovation™, Leadership, Learning and Execution capabilities for continuous growth and optimal business results. Feel free to visit us at http://www.desai.com

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Graham Dover

Just found this post - sorry to be so slow! I think your point about recognizing that new whizzy technology doesn't necessarily result in social innovations is really key. If you check out the most innovative charities in the UK (Guardian Awards yesterday - http://society.guardian.co.uk/voluntarysectorawards) their innovations are not driven by new technologies and are more associated with the process - encouraging participation - and a focus on fundamentally changing the way people think about their worlds and their role in it. This is not to say that new technology isn't important - the question is to what extent does it encourage critical reflection on the social systems that can fuel social problems.

In other words, projects like One Laptop per Child may need to be judged more in terms of how they facilitate different types of conversations to generate substantive social change in terms of local systems of education etc. Perhaps we need a different set of measurements around social innovations that try to capture this generative quality. Apologies if this doesn't make sense!

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