Sustaining Frugal green innovations: a new paradigm of empathetic and evocative ecosystem

Frugality is not just about affordability. Even i had not stressed enough about circularity ( that is, cradle to cradle approach of not developing a waste oriented economy) in my earlier talks and writings. Though it has been a core issue in the Honey Bee Network philosophy for the last twenty five years through a eight Es sieve that we use to screen opportunities: ethics, empathy, excellence, efficiency, equity, education, entrepreneurship and environment. While pursuing the innovations for the communities at so called base of economic pyramid, we commit several basic mistakes: a) treat poor people as sink of advice, assistance and aid rather than as a source of ideas, innovation, and institutional values, b) focus on short term at the point of consumption affordability to the neglect of effect on environment, ethics and empathy in society, c) don’t support young people who wish to develop solution for inclusive development where they are, that is in situ support, or incubation, distributed, diversified, decentralised and de-bureaucratised; d) incubation model relies on too much control, too many rules, too many boundaries, i propose that we need to use sanctuary model for providing support to start ups, in incubator, chaos is outside, order inside, in sanctuary, it is opposite, chaos is inside and order outside, and e) most venture funds neglect and ignore very early stage ideas at the inception or sometimes just at proof of concept stage. We need to correct these mistakes, build reciprocal and mutually accountable connections between corporations and student startups, communities, informal sector grassroots innovators and also self inspired and self triggered social innovators. We need a new paradigm of empathetic and evocative eco-system which will encourage young people to share more, balance collective and private individual goals, share benefits appropriately, and embed concern for perfect strangers and nature in entire supply chain.


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