Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
The social impact is still to be determined but to date has achieved recognition as well as achieving some of the necessary milestones that will allow the inclusion of alternative methodologies and systems to operate and transform within the present paradigm. Examples of this include recognition through winning the Grand Prix Award for Excellence in Innovation & Sustainability in 2005 for the housing design and solution; Innovation Winner (2008) in for the “Eat-In Awards” for sprouting innovations, Publication of a paper “Organic Sprouts as a Nutritional Solution” for the 2007 International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Food Security by the FAO held in Rome, various newspaper and magazine articles, radio interviews and national TV inserts for “Proudly South Africa” and “Free Spirit,” acceptance of sprouting amongst the nutritionally challenged as witnessed by the inclusion of sprout production in the “Harvest of Hope” initiative from Abalimi in the Cape Flats. The impacts of these awards and recognitions have allowed the development of strategic relationships with other local and International technologies and technology providers as well as inclusions for projects that are designed around carbon emission reductions.
Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing
The primary problems that my innovations are addressing are the major components that make up poverty, namely, housing and energy, water and nutrition. Nutrition encompasses education, health and food security as effective solutions require effective approaches and therefore they require integration of various components and this process requires the tools and technologies that allow additional opportunities for women within the economic sector. An example of this is by educating the women into an agricultural paradigm shift utilizing sprouts as a primary input, mini greens as a secondary output, organic gardening as third tier and seed/fiber/food production as a fourth tier production. The fiber is then transformed into technically superior building materials (stronger, larger and lighter) when compared to the traditional and conventional building materials. This allows greater participation for women within the agricultural, construction, food processing and renewable energy aspects of the transformational process.
Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?
The steps I have taken to make this innovation a success include two innovations that address the primary components of poverty being housing and nutrition; while other local innovations include Zinc Air Fuel Cells, waterless toilets, roundabouts for pumping of water and International technologies provide solutions for enabling renewable energies in solar hot water, solar photovoltaic and wind turbines and fiber processing. A pilot project which is about to get underway promises to be a first in Cape Town ; a free standing energy producing fiber structure with a waterless toilet to serve the needs of a Toy Library for a Down Syndrome Day Care Center. Factors that may prevent the success and long term vision could include political instabilities, unexpected geo-physical phenomena, lack of adequate funding or entire collapse of the world’s economic systems.
Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible
Year one would serve the direct needs of the community within the context of the aforementioned day care center while also showcasing the newest cutting edge technologies that are affordable and within the scope of most sectors of our society. Year 2 will open the doorway to opportunities to develop these basic technologies into a larger replicable and scalable development of sustainable villages that transform our communities into producers of food and other complimentary products derived from co-operative ventures and year 3 will see the completion of a world’s first truly sustainable smart modern African digital eco-village that will serve as the model that can be emulated across the continent and beyond.
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?
The present Minister of Human Settlements has described the above and has indicated the days of building houses for the poor are over and that new developments need to cater to all segments of society, that they should be turn-key projects and that they should have the best technologies available and be available and integrated to serve the needs of all segments of our society and this project, with the drive and focus of women aims to precisely do this.