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Jean Pain

I have chosen Jean Pain of Provence, France as my hero. His innovation with biogass and compost are exactly the type of ideas I want to implement in Africa.

You can view his videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHRvwNJRNag&feature=player_embedded

The idea that you can use wood to heat water without a single flame or coal is phenomenal!

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 9:04am

Understanding people, culture and norms to achieve Social Upliftment

While the many tips and hints are all right on the mark, the two that stand out for me are;

Know and understand the community you are trying to help.

Any social project needs to be economically sustainable.

It is pointless embarking on any social project if you do not have first hand knowledge and understaning of the community you seek to assist with a social project. It would be futile to invest time…


Posted on March 5, 2010 at 8:30am

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At 4:35pm on March 5, 2010, David Perner said…
Hi Dion, thanks for getting back to me!

I've been bouncing around an idea lately for a company in South Africa, but since I don't have a real feel for the country I'm not sure how feasible it is. I talk about it in the IMAGINE1 post I did, but it's a company based on the Better Place/electric car charging infrastructure model with the difference being that there would be two business segments. The first would be the standard services expected in Europe and the US for electric vehicles, which would be geared towards the wealthier segment of SA society. The second would be the social innovation segment where the renewable energy infrastructure built to power the vehicle charging is also built large enough to power the host community. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of deals could be struck with poorer communities that would be mutually beneficial and the like, so I'm guessing I'm asking if poorer communities would want a service like this, especially if it gave them access (via something like a community owned truck) to access markets for their goods that were previously too far away.

Thanks and let me know your thoughts!


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