22Lightbulbs: Taking the Portable Light Industry by Storm

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with LuminAID founder Andrea Sreshta. A duo of aspiring young women sit at the cornerstone of LuminAID. Our guest, Andrea Sreshta, and her co-founder Anna Stork, have embarked on a mission that incorporates humanitarianism and sustainability within the portable solar-light industry. LuminAID was conceived in the wake of the Haitian earthquake[…]

The Level Market Testitmonies

Sourcing Aid Supplies: 7 Featured Case Studies from The Level Market

The Level Market has helped a wide variety of customers around the globe source supplies for their humanitarian programs. The following case studies illustrate just some of what The Level Market is capable of. Discover what companies like yours have to say about finding success with TLM!  Lighting up emergency shelters While building its signature[…]

EcoZoom

22Lightbulbs: Eco friendly cooking with biomass

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk with EcoZoom founder Ben West.  In 2011, Ben launched EcoZoom, a company that designs, manufactures and sells biomass cookstoves and solar products, primarily in developing countries. In 2015, Inc. 1000 named EcoZoom one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Ben opened offices in Mexico in 2011[…]

Serve Every Day the Way Nelson Mandela Did

  “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela Today marks Nelson Mandela Day. Scores of people in every corner of the earth are inspired[…]

Find The Right Aid Supplies

How to Choose the Right Product for Your Micro-Enterprise Program

Thousands of humanitarian enterprises are providing first-time access to vital technologies including solar light sets, clean cookstoves, and water filtration units through micro-enterprise programs all over the world. They can come in many forms such as micro-franchise and micro-consignment models. If you’re setting up a micro-enterprise or poverty alleviation program that provides products that can[…]

Un Sustainable Development Goals

How TLM Supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  The UN Sustainable Development Goals present an ambitious global call to action to improve living conditions throughout the world. But it’s not sufficient for civil society alone to push toward the 17 goals. Businesses have particular opportunities and responsibilities in advancing the SDGs. It’s no longer a question of whether the private sector has[…]

Aid Work In Silicon Valley

3 Silicon Valley Giants Innovating in the Humanitarian Sector

The continuous innovation that races through Silicon Valley affects lives on a global scale. But this mecca of tech that is constantly building and continuously growing has not always been accepted into the humanitarian aid community. Some critics say that there is a lack of empathy amongst these tech stars and question if the tech[…]

Madidrop on 22Lightbulbs

22Lightbulbs: Cleaning Water With Madidrop

In this episode of 22Lightbulbs, we talk to David Dusseau, the CEO and CoFounder of Madidrop, a product that is revolutionizing the water and sanitation industry. With this small tablet that fits in the palm of your hand, 2,000 liters of water can be treated over the course of 6 months providing families and communities[…]

Humanitarian Work

Five Travel Essentials for Humanitarian Work

Humanitarian aid workers are an indispensable part of the efforts to mitigate disasters, crises and help people get out of poverty. They travel the world serving humanity, often at a moment’s notice.  And after our many (many, many) years traveling, we know it’s important to have some go-to essentials to stay safe and secure in sometimes[…]

Built in Colorado: The Level Market is Revolutionizing The Humanitarian Aid Industry

Built in Colorado is a rapidly growing online community that publishes news about Colorado start up companies and publishes data on the tech scene. April Bohnert interviewed The Level Market Founder Stephanie Cox, about the idea for a marketplace for aid and relief supplies. Check out the article below.  ________________________________________________________ In 2004, aid worker Stephanie Cox was on a[…]

Zero-based Design

8 Key Steps To Zero-Based Design for Development Programs

Definition: starting from scratch to create innovative products and services tailored for the very poor, armed with a thorough understanding of what they really want and need and driven by what Polak Polak calls “the ruthless pursuit of affordability.” Eight Key Steps to Zero-Based Design –  Paul Polak There are eight keys to applying zero-based[…]

Paul Polak Scaling for Development

22 Lightbulbs: The Way to Scale Development

This prolific humanitarian entrepreneur and 2-time author discusses business solutions to poverty in this podcast episode.Through his social ventures, Paul Polak has inspired a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products around the globe.  Dr. Polak is founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture that aims to help the[…]

Lifeflo Oxygen

22Lightbulbs: Simple and Affordable Oxygen

  Lifeflo CEO Dan Normand discusses what simple and affordable oxygen means and how Lifeflo can save lives, especially infants. We discuss the importance of having oxygen in any emergency situation and Lifeflo’s goals to make this happen.   Dan has 30 years of medical device experience with companies like GE Healthcare, Covidian, ThermoRespiratory Group,[…]

The Level Market Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelters: There’s No Place Like Home

With more than 60 million people displaced by internal conflict, post-disaster emergency shelters are in high demand. For those impacted by a disaster or crisis, many times there really is no place like home because there is no “home” anymore. While these shelters are a temporary solution, a good quality shelter can help life go on[…]

Celebrate Earth Day with 5 Products that Make the World a Better Place

Today marks the 47th annual Earth Day. We celebrate the ability of science and technology to help protect the planet and the people on it. Join us as we review some of our favorite environmentally-friendly humanitarian aid supplies that save lives and elevate the quality of life for people all over the world. Wonderbag: Lightweight,[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast Stower Energy

22Lightbulbs: Wireless Electricity

Andrew Byrnes discusses wireless electricity and the nexus between the humanitarian aid market and the outdoor industry. One is about survival and one is about privilege, but some of the design principles are the same.  Stower designs and runs wireless electricity systems for individuals and homes, delivering reliable, economic, sustainable solutions to specific power needs[…]

Search and Rescue Drones

22Lightbulbs: Search and Rescue Drones

  Ivan Stamatovski, founder of Easy Aerial ,talks about search and rescue drones as “zero responders.” Ivan is a digital strategist, entrepreneur and tech aficionado, designer of flying robots. His company, Easy Aerial, provides industry specific, custom aerial solutions.  Search and Rescue Drones With eyes in the sky, drones are changing the nature of search and rescue missions as they[…]

Refugees Stats

Refugee Stats And The Supplies Needed

Millions of refugees around the world are looking for a safe place to stay – simply for a fighting chance to survive. War, protracted conflict, and extreme climate change are driving people from their homes at a rate not seen since World War II. We wanted to cut through some of the political rhetoric surrounding the[…]

Didinomica

Diginomica: The Level Market is Tech for Social Good

Reporter Cath Everett from Diginomica examines how technology is being used for social good around the world. She highlights three companies that are doing it right including The Level Market. Check it out below. __________________________________________________ Set up in 2008 by Nominet, the official registry for UK internet domain names, the Nominet Trust has since invested[…]

22LightBulbs Podcast

22Lightbulbs: A Podcast about Humanitarian Entrepreneurs and Their Products

  Where did the name 22Lightbulbs come from? The name 22Lightbulbs is derived from Chinese numerology where the number 22 serves as the destiny number of individuals who are builders and leaders. These builders and leaders are usually visionaries with their feet strongly grounded. They love world peace, are unconventional in actions and thought, are[…]

10 Humanitarian Engineering Schools You Should Know

Humanitarian programs at some of the top schools in the U.S. are gaining in popularity. We’ve compiled a list of our ten favorite colleges that offer humanitarian engineering programs. Students from each of these schools are tackling profound humanitarian challenges and completing projects that will have a lasting positive impact on millions of people worldwide.[…]

Reset.org

E-commerce Platform is One-Stop-Shop for Aid

From Reset.org ____________________________________ For development practitioners in the field, one great challenge is finding suitable and timely emergency aid supplies that they can then dispatch to the areas of need. E-commerce platform the Level Market is addressing the issue head-on, thus helping aid organizations focus more of their time on delivering emergency supplies, rather than[…]

BusinessDen

E-Commerce startup wants to become ‘Amazon for aid’

From BusinessDen _________________________________ In the middle of the 2015 Ebola outbreak, Stephanie Cox’s search for water filters was coming up dry. “I was making a lot of phone calls, Googling, calling the experts and no one really knew what to do,” said Cox, a 17-year veteran of the humanitarian aid industry who was trying to[…]

Treehugger

New e-commerce site for humanitarian aid products

From Treehugger.com ___________________________ The Level Market wants to make the procurement of humanitarian aid and development products as easy as shopping on Amazon. By streamlining the research and pricing process for lifesaving and life-changing humanitarian aid products, The Level Market aims to not only make it easier for organizations to find the right products they[…]

We Festival

33Voices Share’s The ‘Ah-ha Moment’ That Inspired The Level Market From Founder Stephanie Cox

From 33 Voices and the We Festival. Stephanie shares her inspiration to create The Level Market and how she validated the product before launching. Watch The Level Market founder, Stephanie Cox, explain her “ah-ha” moment.