Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurship’ Category

Sugata Mitra: Can kids teach themselves?

September 7, 2010

Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest.

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Imagine Leadership

October 27, 2009

Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership

World Food Programme

October 16, 2009

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How we can make a difference…

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UTPMP Guatemala

December 17, 2008

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a volunteer in “Un techo para mi Pais” and I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

More than one hundred volunteers showed up for the event.  Our objective was to build 20 wooden houses for the people of Palencia, Guatemala. In order to achieve this we were dividend in two camps and then divided into teams of 5 to 6 persons. Each team was responsible of building their house with the new home owners, who welcome us to their ordinary house and treated us like another family member.

They shared their amazing stories about their lives, their work and their family…truly exceptional people who can teach us a great deal about life and who deserve a worthy home.

Now I want to share some gratifying moments:  

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Blue Ocean Stategy

April 11, 2008

Blue Ocean Strategy is a business strategy book that promotes a systematic approach “for making the competition irrelevant.” Check it out:

 

 

Gorlov Helical Turbine

March 3, 2008

The Gorlov Helical Turbine (GHT)developed by Alexander Gorlov, a Russian civil engineer, is a newly developed technology that provides a reliable source of electricity by extracting kinetic energy form flowing water.

 Whats most important is that GHT is not as expensive as wind or hydro turbines. Also, has great advantages:

  • No flooding from dams
  •  Minimal obstructions of water flows
  • Reliable
  • Low cost, etc.

It is a great alternative!  Take a look at this example:

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 Project Goal: Use Tidal Energy to generate electricity.

Scenario: In the amazon, rural residents are not able to access power lines due to their locations. The only options available to the are solar panels and diesel generator.

 Equipment Needed:

The Helical Turbine rotates on a shaft with a pulley that runs an alternator by means of belt. The alternators chargers batteries when used off the grid.

Results:

  • Accessible Technology
    • About 90% of Tide Energy stations can be built using locally available labor, materials, and equipment.
    • Only the technically refined helical turbine blades are outside components

Benefits:

  • Sufficient to meet basic need of 10 households.

Betting on Green

February 18, 2008

Going Green

Venture capitalists have been investing billions of dollars into green-energy start up companies. In the first nine months of last year, US venture investors invested $2.6 billion into clean-energy start ups, more than the $1.8 billion invested in such firms in all of 2006, according to the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Financial.

Some clean energy companies:

Googl.org

January 30, 2008

Google.Org 

Google.org aspires to use the power of information and technology to address the global challenges of our age: climate change, poverty and emerging disease. In collaboration with experienced partners working in each of these fields, we will invest our resources and tap the strengths of Google’s employees and global operations to advance five major initiatives.

Develop Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal (RE<C)

Create utility-scale electricity from clean renewable energy sources that is cheaper than electricity produced from coal. More information

Accelerate the Commercialization of Plug-In Vehicles (RechargeIT)

Seed innovation, demonstrate technology, inform the debate, and stimulate market demand to foster mass commercialization of plug-in vehicles. More information

Predict and Prevent

Identify “hot spots” and enable rapid response to emerging threats, such as infectious disease and climate risk. More information

Inform and Empower to Improve Public Services

Use information to empower citizens and communities, providers, and policymakers to improve the delivery of essential public services such as education, health, water and sanitation. More information

Fuel the Growth of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Increase the flow of risk capital to small and medium-sized businesses in the developing world. More information

REVA Electric Car

December 6, 2007

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REVA Electric Car Company Private Ltd. (RECC), based in Bangalore, India, was established in 1994 as a joint venture between the Maini Group India and AEV LLC, California USA, to manufacture environment-friendly and cost-effective electric vehicles. Seven years of R&D earned the RECC recognition in the form of 10 patents and a globally accepted product. REVA, India’s first zero polluting Electric Vehicle for city mobility, was commercialized in June 2001. The success of commercializing REVA at affordable prices stems from the support it has received from The Maini Group. The Group has been committed to producing zero-pollution transportation equipment and automotive components since 1984. RECC is guided by the “zero principle” of the Maini Group. Zero defects, zero time delays, zero inefficiencies and zero pollution. This is achieved through Zero Wastage and Zero Compromises.  The vision of RECC is to establish a tradition of excellence and leadership in environment friendly urban transportation by offering the best value and highest quality electric vehicles for city mobility.

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India’s Rural Poor- How can we learn from them?

November 16, 2007

SRISTI is a non-governmental organization setup to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity and developing eco-friendly solutions to local problems. SRISTI was set up provide organizational, intellectual and logistics support to the Honey Bee Network, which was founded by Prof. Anil K. Gupta in 1998. Honey Bee Network is an online database of rural innovation that can range from everyday rural problems, like a bicycle used as a washing machine to herbal treatments handed down over generations. Honeybee has catalogued more than 50,000 innovations by rural entrepreneurs. They help them license their technology and to patent their inventions. It is a way of empowering rural people to develop their ideas, create business partners and make connections. As Mr. Gupta says:

“We don’t want a system where you first create a lot of growth and try to create a lot of Corporate Social Responsibility programs as a nod to the poor; you include them as stakeholders right up front.”