I have been "shadowing" Vinay Gupta via twitter for a while now. He is the creator of the hexayurt, a durable structure that a family can live in comfortably for about $100. The Hexayurt Project's "Six Ways to Die Model" - too hot, too cold, hunger, thirst, illness and injury, is used to guide thought and action toward ending poverty with open hardware. The Hexayurt project has been gettin some attention since the earthquake in Haiti, and hopefully they will see Vinay's creations appear after some rigorous testing.
Be sure to check out the hexayurt project site at http://hexayurt.com/
Anyone wearing a hat other than a baseball cap just has to be alright in my book ;) And a tip of the had to the Afrigadget folks... yes, I'm watching you too!
Yep. I love the "six ways to die" model.
It splits things up nicely: "bad things happening" cause either "death" or "lack of comfort" (including of course mild inconvenience up until unbearable pain, lack of political freedom, fear from an abusing husband, etc). And "death" is an indicator, easy to measure and compare with other locations, of "lack of comfort".
But then there's the outer layers, with infrastructure from local to global. Local is the clothes you wear against "too cold". Global is the insulin that doesn't come if Island sends you an eruptive cloud that stops your planes from travelling and protect you from "ill".
And "swadeshi" means having backups at every level, with emphasis on "local", so that people, including people in Haiti, can stand on their two feet and be friends with the world cos they want to, not because they need to.
Or something along those lines! ;-)
(Climbing down from soapbox now.)