THE VALUE WE CREATE
We build a pipeline of grassroot innovations and innovators in clean energy and biotech in order to reduce poverty and promote tech-enabled community development in developing and least developed places.
What if more of the youth could directly benefit from the financial rewards of technology by creating their own CleanTech? Think of the impact that would have on social enterprise, the youth skills gap, and poverty reduction.
What if more of our communities could benefit from the ecological rewards of CleanTech? Think of the impact that would have on health equity and sustainable development in our local, regional, and global communities.
Disruptive tech-enabled 'innovation at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems' (INFEWS) builds wealth and drives social change. Grass-root communities with direct experience in extreme weather and environmental degradation have insight that could be harnessed for tech-enabled INFEWS--or, more simply, "grass-root CleanTech." The report, #SMARTer 2030: ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges, shows that by 2030, information and communication technology (ICT) could cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, make over $11 trillion, and connect 2.5 billion people to the knowledge economy.
UN Member States and observer entities see the value of (a) strengthening the impact of ICTs as an enabler of sustainable development and (b) addressing the digital divide so central to social and economic development. Promoting grass-root CleanTech is an elegant way to prepare for the 21st century workforce, while also dealing with health equity and sustainable development.
We build grass-root CleanTech
We harness technology for social good. Our output is a pipeline of grass-root CleanTech. We inspire community-defined, tech-enabled climate change adaptation tools to make sure all communities are equipped with technology of their own making as they promote human and planetary health.
We seed the grass-root with start-up culture
We create social solutions to climate change. Our outcome is the shift in identity among the youth: from a consumer of technology to a producer of it. By conditioning this shift in identity so that the youth can reliably create the technology the world needs, we (a) address the talent pipeline needs of private and public sector firms, (b) add value to the work of educators and students in achieving career readiness, and (c) fuel youth engagement in health equity and sustainable development.
we are laser-focused on infews
We approach our output and outcome goals with 'innovation at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems' (INFEWS) to leverage the grass-root's direct experience with problems at the food-energy-water (FEWS) nexus. We support the youth in developing CleanTech and robotics to unearth solutions from the grass-roots for health equity and sustainable development.
we apply nexus solution-making
We help youth build INFEWS with nexus solution-making, a 3-step approach we developed to create grass-root CleanTech. Nexus solution-making helps you develop your ability for nexus thinking and design thinking. If you use it, you will be able to identify a problem at the FEWS nexus, design a solution that people will actually use, and find the right technology for your solution.
Our core programs listed below support the youth in developing CleanTech and robotics that solve problems at the FEWS nexus.
#MyKnowledgeCounts is our social marketing and youth engagement campaign to transform classrooms and youth centers into breeding grounds for climate innovators. One important strategy we use is music, a very special type we call 'climate music'; for a taste, please listen to our theme song on our home page. Another important strategy is what we call 'climate films', short documentary films that tell stories of climate action and grass-root efforts in harnessing technology for social good.
We work with youth and independent artists, writers, and filmmakers to write about, sing about, and artistically express the human impacts of climate change in their communities and what they want to do about it. #MyKnowledgeCounts supports innovation thinking and drives youth engagement in SED and #EcoBot.
Sustainable earth decathlon (sED): a showcase of cleantech ideas
SED is how we discover climate innovators and social entrepreneurs. SED is a competition of disruptive ideas that awards cash prizes to the best tech-enabled solutions to human impacts of climate change. SED2018 will be held on April 2018 at a place TBD.
Climate innovations showcased at previous SED can be found here.
#Ecobot: hybrid recycled robotics challenge
The future of work in the Information Age and era of climate change will include robots. #EcoBot is a robotics competition that teaches the youth how to create eco-friendly robots that interact well with humans. #EcoBot will be held in 2017 date TBD.
innovation coaching & mentorship: a path for grass-root social entrepreneurs
Contact us for details on Venture Seed and Venture Grow.
Venture Seed supports in-school and out-of-school youth to engage in STEM fields and develop grass-root CleanTech ideas. We partner with Studica in supplying youth innovators the innovation kits they need and Tecdonor in enabling project management online.
- preparation for Demos Day (in Fall), including business planning and prototyping
- training in community research
- one-on-one mentorship and professional coaching
- internship opportunities to expose the youth to public health, environmental protection, social work, and STEM fields.
- self-efficacy and academic success
- workforce preparedness among high school and college students
Venture Grow supports early stage innovators convert their CleanTech ideas into commercially-viable ventures. In partnership with DiverseCity Ventures, we hold Demos Day in the Fall to match participating ventures with funding. We partner with Studica in supplying youth innovators the engineering kits they need and Tecdonor in enabling project management online.
We support early stage CleanTech, including those:
- before a prototype has been developed
- that still need to be market tested
- that have not begun to earn revenue
We source from a broad spectrum: from science and technology to market-based innovations, such as those:
- inspired by applied research
- resulting from innovative application of existing technology
- addressing the food-energy-water (FEWS) nexus in local communities