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February 16, 2006

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Alex Osterwalder

I met Iqbal Quadir several times now and I am fascinated by his perspective of the world. He is an amazing entrepreneur and has revolutionized telephony in Bangladesh through his start-up Grameen Phone.

His strength is connecting the disconnected in order to create change. Again he is attempting to connect local entrepreneurship with the basic need of energy! I wrote about Iqbal (though not Dean) on my blog:

http://business-model-design.blogspot.com/2005/10/innovative-business-model-design.html

I am totally convinced that this project will have a much bigger impact than most of the projects the World Bank has come up with for the simple reason that they don't totally embrace local ownership of responses to development issues!

Maurice Tremblay

I love the way Mr. Kamen thinks and the significant world problems he would like to fix such as the water and electricity .I ran filtration companies,started my own filter company,created machines to remove arsenic from water,developed and patented filter making machine so I know
if Kamen stays with it he will suceed in coming up with a disruptive technology to give
anybody clean safe drinking water.

Derek Newberry

I've been reading your blog for the last few months- you have a lot of interesting thoughts on new tech trends, particularly social media and open source, but this is the only posting I can remember on the emerging trend of businesses generating revenue by providing services for the world's poor. As much as I appreciate the efforts of guys like Bono and Jeffrey Sachs, I think the easiest way to pull the two billion people at the base of the pyramid into a higher standard of living is by harnessing the resources of private companies. I enjoyed reading this piece on Dean Kamen because it's a great example of how innovative thinkers are taking the initiative to tap into this huge market not out of purely altruistic motives, but because there is also plenty of money to be made there. Definitely hope to see you blog more on this in the future and hear some of your thoughts...

Tony Nelson

I'm in the process of finalizing the design of the worlds firdt truely effective pedal-powered-axial-flow-turbine pump. which efficiently lifts appreciable quantities of water up to 2m.
Also it is an effective & simple pico-hydro genset.

jordan Tang

GREAT IDEA ! THE POOR NEEDS TO BE EMPOWERED AND BE LIBERATED. I BELIEVE THIS SLINGSHOT APPROACH IS WORKABLE. HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED? PERHAPS THE MACHINE COULD BE BUILT IN CHINA AT VERY LOW COST. I COULD HELP EXPLORE IF MORE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE.

Cleve D. LeClair

Instead of looking for a country who builds things for next to nothing, why not get Technical Colleges, Metal Shops in standard colleges as a "term project", and yes, even high schools, perhaps as a competions??

They all have machine shops and foundry's

It IS worth a try.

Cleve D. LeClair
Eugene, Oregon
lcleve@uswest.net

Brad Meister

60 milion isnt alot of money on in the big picture. I met Bono last month riding coach on the same plane I was on. This guy could push this thing through in a flash. Rick Warren of Saddleback church could also incorporate this in his Peace plan.....I will offer my time and energy if someone will contact me with specific information on how I could help facilitate this worthwile project. in His service Brad Meister

Chriswaterguy

Interesting - though I'd like to know a lot more about them. They seem costly, but that's a pretty high water output... just as long as there's a source of free heat. Which raises the question of how efficient (and clean) the Stirling engine device is. We will see.

I've made pages on these at Appropedia (the poverty reduction, sustainability and appropriate technology wiki). So feel free to update the pages, if you know anything about these!

See Kamen's Stirling engine (http://www.appropedia.org/Kamen's_Stirling_engine) and Slingshot water purifier (http://www.appropedia.org/Slingshot_water_purifier)

And if you're Dean Kamen or any other inventor in this field, come by the site and share what you're doing!

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