A crash course in changing the world.
Problems Are not always Obvious From afar--
This is a really important aspect of social innovation. Those of us who live in urban, wealthy areas need to know WHAT problem we need to solve. If you bring aluminum bottles to a place where there is little available clean water, you have done little more than spend a lot of money, and take up space. In this situation, it would be best to go to the country, and examine the daily challenges that locals face. This will ensure a viable social innovation, and a difference in the community. A groups at our school had to experience this the hard way. We went to India bearing fancy, aluminum bottles, only to find that what they needed was a device that purifies tap water, such as a Lifestraw.