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[…]

How Peace Fights Poverty

With record numbers of displaced people and man-made and natural disasters already putting strain on the international community, 2017 has been chaotic, violent, and unpredictable.  As we head towards 2018, inching closer to our 2030 milestones, it’s important to remember peace. This unassuming noun seems to become more and more fleeting as nations around the[…]

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[…]

WakaWaka Solar Energy

22Lightbulbs: WakaWaka Shining Bright for Africa

In this episode, we chat with Camille van Gestel, the co-founder of WakaWaka.  (And we also talk Shakira). Camille brings 20 years of experience in product development and manufacturing to the company’s vision to create safe, sustainable solar power and lighting. He’s passionate about solving energy poverty.  In 2013, Camille delivered a TEDx speech on his mission[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Detroits Sustainable Brands

Solutions That Save Lives & Support Development

What better way to use the power of technology than to create solutions that save lives. Technology is on the front lines of changing the way humanitarian organizations approach the needs of the poor, conflict-affected and the vulnerable. Disaster relief, agriculture and education programs are arguably more successful today because of the advancements of technology. Innovative[…]

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[…]

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.