John Barrie


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Name: John Barrie
Organization: The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Title: Executive Director
"I work with an international nonprofit (NGO) to design new affordable green technologies for low income people worldwide. We work in Guatemala and Nicaragua. In both countries we have friends and projects that are making a difference. I believe we can end poverty by creating new opportunities for low income people." John Barrie is the Executive Director of the Appropriate Technology Collaborative, an award winning nonprofit company that designs green technologies for low income people throughout the world. Mr. Barrie is an Architect and Industrial Designer; he has also been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan and faculty member at Washtenaw Community College. Mr. Barrie is currently working with “World Challenge Design Teams” - groups of engineering, design and business students from colleges and universities across the United States to develop new appropriate technologies for low income people in the developing world. John Barrie conducts workshops on sustainable appropriate technologies and technology development for low income countries.

Challenge Entries

Aug 29, 2012 / 0 Comments / in Employment, Income generation, Marketing, Social enterprise, Trade

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative (ATC) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to design, develop, demonstrate and distribute appropriate technological solutions for meeting the basic human needs of low income people in the developing world. ATC works in collaboration with our clients to create technologies that are affordable and environmentally responsible.

Problem: Most women in rural Guatemala live in poverty, leading to malnourished children and lack of opportunity—especially for girls.