Avi Solomon

"The difference between winning and losing is getting up after you fall down"

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Red Chilli Powder Filled Glass Bangle...

A hollow glass bangle filled with hot red chilli powder or pepper spray for use by women in...
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Shiv Sena Women: Violence and Communalis...

Atreyee Sen's ethnographic account provides acute insight into the lives of the women...
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Make a Cob Oven Together to Build Creati...

Sculpting an earthen oven from Cob (a binding mix of clay, sand and straw) is a great way to...
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50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your...

50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) by Gever Tulley
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Young Makers

Young Makers create and present confidence-building projects at the Maker Faire
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When Kids Grow Food, Confidence is Natur...

Rachela, my 5-year old daughter, has already participated in four full tomato growing seasons....
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Generations Day: Older Persons, Younger...

On this day what if the elderly wore a photo button of themselves as young kids? And if kids...
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Imagine Yourself Old

Morph a photo of you to envision your older self
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Auschwitz Sonderkommando Photographs

In 1944 photographs documenting the massacre of Jews in Auschwitz were taken by the Sonderkomm...
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Plants in the Office

Having plants in the office makes you feel better and purifies the air of toxins.
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Isaiah Zagar's Neighborhood Mosaics

Isaiah Zagar's funky tile mosaics on South Street in Philadelphia have helped revitalize...
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Portland Fruit Tree Project

Volunteer groups from the Portland Fruit Tree Project harvest urban trees whose fruit would...
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The Roadside Shrines of Mumbai

The roadside shrines of Mumbai provide an opportunity to stop and contemplate wider perspective...
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CCO: Chief Caring Officer

The Chief Caring Officer (CCO) champions the cause and benefits of empathy to both employees...
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Earthbox

The EarthBox is a foolproof way to grow food anywhere. A nice way to promote social good while...
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Bootstrapped Design Thinking Workshop...

Use a Bootstrapped Design Thinking Workshop to Launch an Innovative Business in any Field.
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LearnUp

LearnUp is a real-time job skills training platform that connects job-seekers and employers.
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San Francisco YouthWorks

San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program that provides youth with...
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Old Hardware Fanboys

Some old hardware has fanatical followers ensuring maximal reuse
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TeenForce

TeenForce is a self-sustaining non-profit organization that helps teens (ages 13-20) gain work...
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MatchBridge

MatchBridge is a youth employment program focused on placing young people in jobs and internshi...
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Mobile Quest Game Design Summer Camp...

Mobile Quest is a week-long summer camp where fifth graders discover game design through the...
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Nature Survival School Confidence Buildi...

Nature survival school training builds confidence in tackling any life situation.
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UnCollege: Hacking Higher Education

Dale Stephens is reinventing higher education with the UnCollege movement
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Teenage Entrepreneurs on Quora.com

Teenage Entrepreneurs are asking questions and helping each other on Quora.com
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Young Makers Program

If we encourage kids to make interesting things then they won't have any problem finding...
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Matt Haughey: Startup Lessons from a...

Metafilter's Matt Haughey gives his take on running a business for the long haul.
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Adeo Ressi: The Founder Institute

Adeo Ressi is the creator of The Founder Institute, the world’s largest idea-stage incubator.
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CouchSurfing.org

Imagine having an interesting friend wherever you go. CouchSurfing is blazing the trail towards...
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TheHive by Gvahim: Helping Immigrants...

TheHive by Gvahim is a start-up incubator for new immigrant high-tech ventures.
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Eric Ries: The Lean Startup

Eric Ries provides a roadmap for startup entrepreneurial success.
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Startup Meetups

Startup Meetups are an essential ingredient for inspiration, pivots, support and success.
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Online Voting with Video-clip Authentica...

Vote online by logging into a secure government voting website. Authenticate your vote by recor...
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Credit Card Voting using Mobile Phones

Use Credit Cards to Vote Securely using any Mobile Phone.
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Indrani Medhi: Text-Free User Interfaces

Indrani Medhi has conducted some great ethnographic research on Text-Free User Interfaces
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Remote Secure Fingerprint Voting

Vote securely from remote locations using your fingerprint
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Donors Choose Detroit

Deploy Donors Choose Detroit to achieve effective interventions in the lives of schoolchildren...
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Natural Building Community

Cob, a mixture of sand, clay, and straw is a natural building material that can be hand-sculpte...
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Busycle: Human Powered Urban Transport

The Busycle is a 15-person pedal-powered bicycle-bus. It can be used to move around town on...
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My Ikiru Project

Akira Kurosawa's 1952 film "Ikiru" ("To Live") is about a lowly burea...
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Lego Rapid Prototyping Tool for Particip...

Lego Rapid Prototyping Tool for Participatory Urban Neighborhood Design (#LRPTPUND) allows...
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Bootstrapped Urban Neighborhood SIP...

Create an instant neighborhood farm on a vacant lot with DIY Sub-Irrigated Planters (SIPs)...
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Lego Serious Play for Participatory...

Lego Serious Play Kits are customized for building metaphors, creative story making and applyin...
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John Todd: Healing Waters

John Todd has pioneered techniques for treating waste water through the use of contained ecosys...
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Karen MacKay: Vertical Theory

Karen MacKay's Vertical Farms envision a sustainable approach to Urban Agriculture.
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Urbanism Manual for Precarious Settlemen...

Urbanism Manual for Precarious Settlements / Manual de Urbanismo para Asentamientos Precarios
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Design with the Other 90%: CITIES

The Design with the Other 90%: CITIES exhibition features sixty projects, proposals, and soluti...
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World of Citycraft: Games for City Desig...

World of Citycraft demonstrates how simulation games can be introduced and played in the planni...
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Mark Lakeman of City Repair: Placemaking...

Placemaking is the creative reclamation of public space. Mark Lakeman of City Repair explains...
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Mark Covington, Georgia Street Community...

Mark Covington, Georgia Street Community Garden, Detroit
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Chennai Women Auto-rickshaw Drivers...

Chennai's Women Auto-rickshaw Drivers are Engines of Social Development
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Earthworks Urban Farm, Detroit

Detroit's Earthworks Urban Farm seeks to build a just, beautiful food system through educa...
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John Gallagher: Reimagining Detroit

John Gallagher's book "Reimagining Detroit" synthesizes several ideas for urban...
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S.I.M. City Baltimore

S.I.M. City Baltimore - Urban Design Studio
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Betaville: Participatory Urban Design

Betaville is a collaborative online platform for proposals on urban design.
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Grassroots Detroit Gardeners

Grassroots Detroit gardeners are already the solution - let's support them in revitalizing...
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Martha Stewart: Simplified Hydroponics...

Martha Stewart presents Simplified Hydroponics for Urban Farming
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Naomi Davis: Blacks in Green

Naomi Davis rejuvenates decimated neighborhoods in Chicago
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Christopher Alexander: Building Living...

Christopher Alexander has remarkable insights for building living neighborhoods.
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Mumbai Train Station Bazaars

Mumbai has an intricate network of bazaars outside every local train station.
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Urbanized

Urbanized is a documentary about what makes cities work.
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Learning from Burning Man

Burning Man is a city that appears out of nowhere for a week every year and then melts back...
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Marathon Grill restaurant builds neighbo...

Marathon Grill restaurant built a farm in the Brewerytown section of Philadelphia to locally...
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Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire Detroit is an annual DIY science fair on steroids held at the Ford Museum
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Making a Living in Mumbai

The spirited people of Mumbai can provide inspiration for staying resilient under trying condit...
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Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab: Visions...

The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) seeks to identify and promote emerging technical, socia...
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Garden State Urban Farms

500 Earthboxes + Vacant Urban Lot = Instant Community Farm
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Amnesty Global Shortwave Radio Channel...

Amnesty can transit messages from families of detainees globally on a shortwave frequency.
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Photo Telepathy Experiment

Can humans communicate with telepathy? Try the Photo Telepathy Experiment and find out.
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Webcam Hat

Webcam Hat to transmit circumstances of capture
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Prison Philosophy

"Wherever a man is against his will, that to him is a prison" - Epictetus
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Matrix Interrogation

Classic interrogation scene from The Matrix
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Global Rescue

Global Rescue provides worldwide emergency evacuation and field rescue services
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Flarecaster

A Flare is a short distress message that is sent via SMS text messaging system.
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Improvised Radio Transmitter

Prisoners can make an improvised radio transmitter to signal their situation.
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Frank Warren: PostSecret

People mail Frank Warren postcards with their secrets. How can postcards convey more than what...
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James Stockdale: Leadership Lessons...

James Stockdale was the highest-ranking naval officer held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam....
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Edible RFID for Covert Location Signalli...

An Edible RFID "pill" could be ingested prior to detention to covertly signal one...
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Public Campaign to Free Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit has been held captive for the last 5 years. A public campaign for his release...
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Prototyping: Cheap & Fast

Impact Challenge winning OpenIDEATOR ponders prototyping.
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OpenIDEO Design Challenge Card

An accordion-format laminated card for instant participation in a OpenIDEO Design Challenge
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OpenIDEO Design Challenge Board Game

How about an OpenIDEO Design Challenge Board Game that can let children and offline communities...
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OpenIDEO Open Source Platform

OpenIDEO Open Source Platform for deployment by schools, universities, municipalities and gover...
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OpenIDEO Merit Patches

How about an OpenIDEO merit patch? It will bond the OpenIDEO community and start conversations.
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Ethnography is Central

Ethnography or deep empathy earned by participant observation is central to design.
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Lego Cuusoo Crowdsources Design

“Cuusoo” is japanese for “wish”. Lego Cuusoo crowdsources design concepts from fans all over...
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IDEO Design Thinking Simulation

ExperiencePoint developed Design Thinker in collaboration with IDEO. During the half-day worksh...
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Lego Serious Play Kit

Lego Serious Play Kits are customized for building metaphors, creative story making and applyin...
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Gamestorming for Social Good

Gamestorming is a set of best practices compiled from the world's most innovative people...
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Stanford D.School K12 Lab

Stanford D.School K12 Lab is focused on making Design Thinking accesible to schoolkids
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Open Source OpenIDEO Platform

Scalability is the key to maximal impact. OpenIDEO can licence it's software platform...
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Maker Faire Changes Lives

The Maker Faire connects people of all ages with a passion for making cool stuff.
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UAV to Deliver Medical Supplies

A low-cost UAV to deliver medical supplies to remote areas in Caldas
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Help Children Grow Tomatoes using EarthB...

EarthBoxes are a highly efficient, foolproof method of growing tomatoes suitable for crowded...
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Instructional Videos and Games for Calda...

Instructional videos and games could be distributed to educate, entertain and connect Caldas...
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Caldas Village Construction Set

Implement a Caldas Build of the Global Village Construction Set, a set of Open Source tools...
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Grow Edible Snails to supplement Caldas...

Protein deficiency due to poverty is a root cause of malnutrition in Caldas. Edible snails...
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Caldas Coffee Direct Exchange

A coffee exchange website to buy Caldas coffee directly from Caldas farmers
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Grow your own Coffee Tree

Bob Hyland uses sub-irrigated planters made from recycled materials to grow Coffee in his Brook...
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Natural Building with Cob

Cob building uses hands and feet to form lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw. Ianto Evans,...
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Coffee Cupping

Coffee cupping is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee.
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Johan van Lengen: Organic Brazil

Johan van Lengen founded TIBÁ (Bio-Architecture and Intuitive Technology), an institute in...
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Hesperian Foundation Health Library

Hesperian is a non-profit publisher of books and newsletters for community-based health care.
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Etsy: Eliminating the Middlemen

Etsy enables people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.
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Yogurt Mamas

Probiotic Yogurt production by the people, for the people's health
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WWOOF: World Wide Opportunities on Organ...

WWOOF links volunteers with organic farmers, and help people share more sustainable ways of...
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Square: Direct Billing for the Masses

Square is a revolutionary service that enables anyone to accept credit cards anywhere. Square...
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Napa Valley Wine Tours

Napa Valley wine tours reconnect people to their wines
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Yves Behar: Sustainable Cacao

Yves Behar came up with a sustainable hot cacao system to return authenticity to the product...
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Nintendo DS for Social Change

The Nintendo DS is a rugged device that can be adapted to deliver health and nutrition programm...
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EarthTainer Instant Veggie Farm

The EarthTainer DIY container sub-irrigated planter enables sustainable, highly productive...
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Global Village Construction Set

Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing a set of blueprints for 50 farming tools that can be built...
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Quilting With a Mission

Quilting opens possibilities for rural women
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Heliciculture: Out of Poverty with Snail...

Farm edible snails for nutrition and profit
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The Telenovela as a Motor for Social...

Even the poorest of the poor have some form of access to cable TV. Dr. Miguel Sabido provides...
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Easy Hydroponics for Healthy Food

The FAO has already developed simplified hydroponics to grow nutritious food under tough condit...
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Dharavi: Mumbai Slum as Entrepreneurial...

The spirited people and businesses of Dharavi, the world's biggest slum, can provide inspi...
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Fruit Trees instead of Fences

What if we pulled fences down and planted fruit trees instead?
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Hack Cooking to Make it Appealing

Nathan Myhrvold hacks the art of cooking!
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Use Plantcams to connect Farmer with...

Plantcams can be deployed to connect farmer with eaters. A DIY version can be rigged up easily.
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Create Instant Farms on Vacant Lots

500 Earthboxes + Vacant Urban Lot = Instant Farm
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Install Greenhouses at Train Stations

Train stations are hubs of communal attention. Installing greenhouses at platform exits will...
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Have Farmers Take and Share a Photo...

Have farmers take a photo of every meal they eat and share it to influence the food habits...
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Make Veggie Topiaries

Make veggie topiaries based on your favorite characters
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Share, Cook and Eat your best Recipe...

Share your best recipe and cook it together with local community members who like eating well
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Tweeting Plants

Plants tweet their status to you: "I'm thirsty!", "Tomatoes are ripe for...
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Make a veggie SIP from two 5-gallon...

Grow you own veggie this year using a highly efficient, productive and portable Sub-Irrigated...
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Simplified Hydroponics for the City

The FAO has already developed simplified hydroponics for urban areas, let's put the knowle...
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Thiru Kumar: NYC Dosa Guy

NY Dosas is a food cart near Washington Square Park manned by Thiru Kumar
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Alan Titchmarsh's 'How to...

Alan Titchmarsh makes gardening dirt simple in his popular BBC series 'How to be a Gardene...
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Erik Knutzen shares his Urban Homesteadi...

Erik Knutzen shares his Urban Homesteading Experience
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Maker Faire Secret Food Truck

You could only get to the Maker Faire Secret Food Truck by word of mouth.
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Mumbai Train Station Bazaars

Mumbai has an intricate network of bazaars outside every local train station.
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Rick Bayless: Master Chef who grows...

Master Chef Rick Bayless grows some of his own food using EarthBoxes on the roof of his restaur...
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Grow your own veggie this year

Grow you own veggie this year using a highly efficient, productive and portable Sub-Irrigated...
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Midwife Yatra

Midwives of the world could join together in a Midwife Yatra (pilgrimage) to provide maternal...
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QR code amulet triggers timed maternal...

A QR code amulet issued to the mom upon conception triggers delivery of timed maternal health...
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Use Backpackers to Deliver Birth Kits...

Enlist backpackers to deliver birth kits to remote villages
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Portable Maternal Health Video Library...

Make a portable maternal health medical video library available to CHWs preloaded on mobile...
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"Yo-Mama" Iron and Folic Acid...

A "Yo-Mama" iron and folic acid fortified yogurt could be locally produced and distri...
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Free Midwife Hotline

A free 24/7 hotline operated by volunteer midwives and doulas
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Yogurt Mamas

The Western Heads East project is working to establish probiotic yogurt programs in Tanzania,...
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ChildLine Counselling Service

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. How can we adapt it to impro...
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Yo-Mom! Iron-fortified Yogurt for Pregna...

Essential micro-nutrients like iron and folic acid for pregnant moms could be delivered via...
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Lokarpit Voice

Lokarpit Voice is a voice message forum to connect rural communities with medical professionals
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AI Doctor in a Phone

Put an ELIZA-like medical diagnosis tool on every phone. Even doctors are using tools like...
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Jay Parkinson: ReDesiging Healthcare

Jay Parkinson, the hipster doctor from Brooklyn, performs radical surgery on Healthcare to...
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Digital Green: Instructional videos...

Digital Green is an organization that seeks to disseminate targeted agricultural information...
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Kentaro Toyama: Putting People First

Kentaro Toyama provides a cautionary tale about techno-optimism
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Portable Medical Video Library for CHWs

A Portable Medical Video Library available to CHWs on a SD card, via online download or on...
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Grameen Danone: slipping in vitamins...

Slip in vitamins with the kid's daily yogurt!
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Gaetano Borriello: Personalizing Public...

Gaetano Borriello leads the Open Data Kit project (http://opendatakit.org) that seeks to develo...
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Melinda Gates on Maternal, Newborn,...

Melinda Gates narrates her trip to visit with new mothers in remote locations in India, and...
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Real Time Human Embryo Simulator

Expectant mothers can type in the nearest date of conception and then watch this online simulat...
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IKEA-style manuals for Pregnancy

IKEA-style manuals for Pregnancy can overcome the language barrier and localization costs for...
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Deploy a Midwife "Cloud" using...

There are many midwifes and doctors with the willingness to help mothers using Telemedicine....
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The Wisdom of a Janitor

How can we empower Janitors? By first recognizing their practical wisdom and connecting potenti...
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Ecological Toilets + Compost or Biogas...

The knowledge and networks needed to quickly raise the quality of sanitation and jump-start...
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EcoSan Ecological Toilets

EcoSan Ecological Toilets are a great way to conserve water while enriching soil fertility...
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Portable Privacy Screen

People still go out into open spaces to poop. Taking along a portable privacy screen might...
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How can we initiate compassionate conver...

What if the elderly wore a photo button of themselves as young kids? This might break the ice...
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How can we help spread adoption of effic...

Highly efficient methods of growing food locally, like sub-irrigated planters, drip irrigation...
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The Potty Project

Access to dignified sanitation is a basic human right. The Potty Project is a great inspiratio...
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Deploy Moldering Privies to Make Gold...

Moldering Privies are the most cost effective and eco-friendly solution to human waste disposal
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Let the Elderly wear Photo Buttons of...

Let the Elderly wear Photo Buttons of themselves as Kids
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Spreading Efficient Methods of Growing...

In an unstable world, efficiently growing food locally provides a true oasis of security.
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An Innovation Academy for Kid Entreprene...

India is awash in kid entrepreneurs. Help them succeed better using the IDEO HCD toolkit or...
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Let Kids Grow their own Veggie this...

Kids grow their own veggie this year using a Sub-Irrigated Planter (SIP) that they make themsel...
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Start an Innovation Academy for Kids...

Start an Innovation Academy for Kids using IDEO's HCD Toolkit
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FAO Toolkit for Setting up and Running...

Use the excellent FAO Toolkit for Setting up and Running a School Garden
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Learn to be a Gardener with Alan Titchma...

Learn to be a Gardener with Alan Titchmarsh's delightful online course.
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Grandparents are the Best Learning Tools

Grandparents are the best learning tools! Enlist them systematically to mentor small groups...
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Help Kid Entrepreneurs

India is awash in Kid Entrepreneurs. Help them succeed better. Connect them with each other....
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Equip Kids with Plant Identification...

Equipping kids with a plant identification 'tricorder' will exponentially increase...
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Teach for India

Teach for India: Shaheen Mistry is already doing what needs to be done - join her if you can.
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Let Kids make Seedballs and regreen...

Kids make Seedballs and regreen the Landscape just like 'The Man who Planted Trees'
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TEDx for Kids

Let kids organize their own TEDx conference
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Stick the Internet into Walls Everywhere

Sugata Mitra stuck internet-enabled computers into walls in India's slums. The "illit...
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Let Kids Grow their own Vegetable this...

Kids grow their own Vegetable this year using a Sub-Irrigated Planter they make from two 5-gall...
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