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Learning from Africa: Innovation comes from constraint

Learning from Africa: Innovation comes from constraint

Quote from "Innovation in Africa tips":
"Innovation (often) comes from constraint (If you’ve got very few resources, you’re forced to be very creative in using and reusing them.)"

I liked this quote best and there is also an actionable thing I could do to start experiencing a hard constraint.

"Try living for a week on $2 a day."

I will give it a try, so expect me to be very cheap this week. ;)

2 USD translates to 1.5 EUR so this will be my goal. The first implication I can think of now is that I will have to go to work by bike as a train ticket is 1.7 EUR. Luckyly the train ticket back to Mannheim is already paid for (as I really can't walk 600km or whatever it is from Bremen). I have to admit that that's a little bit cheating.
Also, I am not sure about the costs of my electricity and water consumption ... well, I will have to think about that. Experiment starting now!

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Comment by Simon Brookes on March 22, 2010 at 10:57am
I will be really interested to see how your experiment goes agent Brumm. I was thinking of asking some of my students to try this recently. It would be great if you could try and work out how much your life costs in real terms. As you said how much does your heating, hot water, water to your home, sanitation, waste removal, school etc etc cost? I'll be watching but shout and keep me informed. +30 for courage coming your way.

Best of luck

Simon (EVOKE Mentor)
Comment by Christian Brumm on March 22, 2010 at 11:07am
Hi Agent Brooks and thanks for your comment!

I think I will keep an eye on just the "costs that I see" this week and give it some more thought and do some calculations next weekend.
Even the base costs of living for things like heating, transport, water, electricity must be more than the magic 2$ a day for most people.

Best, Chris
Comment by Fin-Jasper Langmack on March 25, 2010 at 1:45pm
Hey Christian!
It takes quite some courage to live of 2 $ a day! Hope everything works out quite good. Thanks for your vote. to which festivals have you been?
My favourite is the Chiemsee Reggae festival at the moment.
Comment by Christian Brumm on March 25, 2010 at 1:53pm
Hi Fin-Jasper, and thx for powering up!
I've been to Wacken Open Air several times and some smaller festivals, I thought of Wacken when I saw the Hurricane video. Now I am more into a little calmer music though ... never been to Chiemsee Reggae.

Best, Chris


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