FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
I recently had a realisation about people and decided: gimicky and quirky, humorous and fun is the way to go if we want to get peoples attention! Seeing is believing my friends, and if we want to convince people that yes, they do need to make some drastic life changes to meet the environmental challenges we are facing as of late, it is neccessary that we SHOW and INVOLVE people!
I was particularly inspired by the rumour that WESSA (http://www.wessa.org.za/) is going to be setting up a Sustainablity Commons at their offices in Kirstenhof soon. (for a good definition of a local Sustainability Commons go to this link: http://www.ru.ac.za/elrc/sustainabilitycommons/)
When chatting about these abstract concepts, I refer often to CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology-Check it out: http://www.cat.org.uk/) a great place in UK with the ‘largest range of installed renewable systems anywhere’ – a place you only hear of in hippy farytales it seems, along with it’s incredible magical machines/set-ups that the average person’s imagination struggles to accept (eg 'Photovoltaics', 'Solar thermal' and 'micro-grid')
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
Just an idea at the moment - people I tell have all been as excited as I am!
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
I would hope that we could have an Alternative Mobility Parade in the centre of Cape Town once a year. Yes it is easily, and that's what's so great about it! I hope it inspires many mnay more!
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Get together a great team of young people interested in renewable energy and sustainable technology.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Make the Rinky-Dink. Start planning the Alternative Mobility Parade.