Bashar Humeid: Freedom is a greenhouse on your rooftop

Bashar Humeid: Freedom is a greenhouse on your rooftop

What’s on the roof of your house? How about on the rooftop of the building where you work or go to school?

If you’re like me (and much of the world), your answer is “nothing”. Your rooftop is largely unutilized space. But what if your rooftop heated and cooled your house? What if it did that for free, and collected your water and produced healthy, organic food for you and your family? In Jordan, buildings are steadily adopting a simple greenhouse unit that can do all of that, and more.

Bashar Humeid is the founder of Meezan, a nonprofit social enterprise in Amman using affordable technological innovations to address a lack of energy and water in Jordan.

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Azam Hisham: Inspiring Small-Scale Sustainability at Biji-Biji

Most people would walk into an office covered in trash and see a mess. Azam Hisham sees an opportunity to change the world.

Welcome to Biji-Biji, one of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s fastest-growing maker spaces and sustainability initiatives. Founded by 29-year old Malaysia native Azam Hisham and three friends–Gurpreet Singh Dillon, Rashvin Pal Singh, and Zoe Victoria–Biji-Biji is on a mission to create and inspire.

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Gayatri Datar: Improving health and living conditions in Rwanda, one floor at a time

Gayatri Datar: Improving health and living conditions in Rwanda, one floor at a time

Imagine having to clean a dirt floor. I ask myself, is that even possible? Dirt is inherently dirty, so how can it be cleaned? Well, 80% of Rwandans face this challenge every day. To tackle this issue, Gayatri (Gaya) Datar is providing clean, durable, earthen floors to low-income Rwandans through her social enterprise start-up, EarthEnable.

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Jan Guštinčič: Gamifying Climate Change Response

Jan Guštinčič: Gamifying Climate Change Response

Jan Guštinčič is a half-Slovenian Italian social entrepreneur living between Trieste, Italy and Zurich, Switzerland. On top of his native tongues, he speaks English, Spanish, and a bit of Swedish, French, Croatian, and German. What unites these disparate countries, tongues, and people? The threat of climate change.

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Salima Visram: Empowering Kenyan students using solar energy

Salima Visram: Empowering Kenyan students using solar energy

Salima Visram grew up in Kenya, right beside a village where 22,000 people live below the poverty line. Throughout her childhood, Salima worked on projects supporting her community, spending a great deal of time in schools and with youth. As she grew older, she became driven to find a way to help alleviate poverty and break down the barriers to education.

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Hemant Chanrai: A social entrepreneur bringing solar power to Indonesia

Hemant Chanrai: A social entrepreneur bringing solar power to Indonesia
“Nothing I do is really special or proprietary to me. I took an interest, collected some money, and went out and did what I thought was important. It’s not only well-connected people that can do this. Anyone can do what I’ve done.”

A recent study by the United Nations found that one in six people living in Indonesia did not have adequate access to energy. Consider a neighborhood without power: Students cannot read after dark. Business owners cannot charge any of the electronics that connect them with information on markets. The streets aren’t lit, and often less safe as a consequence, after dark. Families use cookstoves to prepare meals, which generates smoke that can impact respiratory health. I could keep going.

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Maite and Federica: Using Innovative Design to Improve Access for People with Disabilities

Maite and Federica: Using Innovative Design to Improve Access for People with Disabilities

Maite Sánchez Mancebo and Federica Flores Cadenas are the founders of Tashnika, an agency of designers in Uruguay seeking to solve tough problems through design. By working together as a small team and contracting required skills through their large professional network, Tashnika provides its clients with a full suite of design services, from product design to industrial and visual design. In all of its products, Tashnika aims to solve social and environmental problems through innovation and creativity.

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Lucia Cardozo and the first sustainable school in Latin America

Lucia Cardozo and the first sustainable school in Latin America

About one and a half hours east of Montevideo, just outside of a well-known vacation town called Punta del Este in Uruguay, there is a beach-side town called Jaureguiberry. During the summer, this area of Uruguay is crowded with both Uruguayan and foreign vacationers. Otherwise, Jaureguiberry is a quiet place. It is also home to a very unique construction site: right alongside the main highway, there is a high-spirited team putting the final touches on Latin America’s first sustainable school.

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