Grassroots Innovation for Societal and Environmental Transformation

Innovation usually means “dope Jetsons-type shit” in the minds of most.

So what is Grassroots Innovation?

  • Small in scale and regional in the application.
  • Not easily commercially viable through conventional methods.
  • Not reliant on scientific discoveries and principles.
  • Low cost and using extremely basic technology.
  • Self-generated, with no organization on a larger scale.

Examples of Grassroots Innovations

Why Most Grassroots Innovations aren’t spreading

  • Lack of any systematic platform for communication between innovators, financial support, or research.
  • Disinterest by the scientific community because of the lack of documentation associated with these types of innovations. Less funding = less ability to spend time on documenting the technical specifics.
  • Inherently local nature of the products and creation.
  • Lack of inventor marketing skill and ambition to scale.

Solutions…?

  • The democratization and globalization of venture funding.
  • Government-sponsored contests similar XPrize in rapidly growing countries such as India, China, and Africa.
  • Widespread implementation of makerspaces, or spaces with resources where people can invent and explore ideas. Imagine how much people would be able to innovate on a small scale if makerspaces were as common as a library?

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Systems Social Impact + Web3 Economics + Personal Development & Spirituality. Any questions? Hit me up afrench@designunity.one

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Systems Social Impact + Web3 Economics + Personal Development & Spirituality. Any questions? Hit me up afrench@designunity.one

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