Based on this discussion, I am seeing a possible opportunity. It works like this:
- @gracia, @Ndelo_Peter and @Christina_Jordan want to establish this family transition center. They seem to appreciate the kind of cheap "hi-lo tech" popular with edgeryders because it provides relatively simple solutions for Northern Uganda, which does not have high quality infrastructure.
- @Marc, @LucasG and many others in the ER community are fascinated by the same tech, but we don't have many opportunities to deploy them, because we do live in areas with high quality infrastructure.
so, why don’t we repackage the family transition center? It could double up as a testing facilities for cheap, open source tech. We could try a sort of technology transfer (Vinay teaching peoplehow to build hexayurts; Marc, same thing but with solar trackers; Lucas with health care, etc.); at this point you guys would do some sort of serious field test, actually living in hexayurts, actually getting your power off solar trackers etc. We could then document the results of all this testing, and use them to improve the technology.
I think there would be the following advantages:
- we change the narrative. Suddenly, this project can be seen under two angles: a more traditional humanitarian one (helping dislocated refugees) and an open innovation one. The ladies using the center are also recast, from violence victims to technology experts.
- and this unlocks a second stream of funding, at least potentially!
What do you say?