The developing world faces many everyday challenges where innovation could help, but they lack access to creative innovators. At the same time, there are many creative innovators all over the world who would like to help, but don’t have access to local challenges.
So we created BeLocal.
THE BELOCAL PROCESS IN FIVE STEPS
Let's start by asking people what they need.
Listen directly to the local population to intimately understand their daily challenges and cultural context. Meet with villagers to annotate data-rich everyday life stories of the local population in video, audio and text.
Let's define the challenges together.
Crowd-source the identification of challenges described or observed in the collected data. Form problem statements that address the most compelling and greatest number of challenges.
Let's find smarter solutions, together.
Crowd-source solutions that fit the local situation and can be self-sustaining. Satisfy local needs for performance, cost, materials, infrastructure, maintenance, environment, and culture.
Let's try it out together and refine it.
Test and refine solutions with the initial engaged population and beyond. Rank the solutions based on performance and degree of adoption.
Let's make an impact. Together.
Achieve self-sustaining impact by allowing local entrepreneurs or any willing organization to produce, market, and distribute the solution to local population. Work with village resources to enable local manufacturing and production.