Simple technologies made accessible for all

coolasas
Posted March 6, 2016 from Philippines
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I always believe that the new is a product of the old and there's nothing to be afraid of if it makes your current work load easy. As a therapist, I also do that when I am handling people, I try to do the new techniques that was developed from the principles and foundation of the old techniques making my way of handling physical problems easy for both me and my clients.

The same for technology, sometimes you just have to embrace the new to give way to making it more profitable for you personally and sometimes economically.

When I was in East Timor I attended a fair and met a Japanese guy selling an open water container, a regular black jerry can but with a twist ... on each side it has a transparent cover that prevents the water from spilling out. The purpose of the design was to ensure that the water inside the jerry can can be exposed to the sun and get treated, heated by the sun. I was impressed. Then I met the guy again and told me that his company designed and developed together with his wife is meant to provide developing countries around the world simple and practical technologies that is often not available in the remote parts of the world or would need specialist to prescribe -- he was talking about the adjustable eye glasses powered by water and the user can make the adjustment however they want it and I saw it being used by people I met when I attended a meeting in Mongolia in the early 2000.

Now my friend's company has evolved and now they use their company as both profit and non-profit. The proceeds of the products they sell at their company, which by the way is called Kopernik are returned back so other small organization can get the technology and eventually earn from it.

I would assume that some members here have heard of them, seen their products, used them and even profited from it. They have distributed over 70 thousand technologies around the world, helped families have clean dirinking waters even if they live in the remotest part of the region, provided new born baies with warm birthing kits and improve maternal and child care overall, have provided easy to use container to transport water who otherwise are only carried as little as a litter from a far away well.

The company has almost anything you need -- basic technologies that can help improve living conditions in remote places, in small cities, of small income families. It can even generate in come to small organization who otherwise would not have the resources to continue existing.

I believe in what Kopernik do. I believe in what my friend did and his vision is ever so big and yet he make it simple and accessible. I believe that technology, innovative that is are here to help us meet our needs and make life easy for us and our families.

Check out the website KOPERNIK, it will give you the procedure on how technology can help you and how you can help others. Listen and watch their videos to see how it is changing your neighbors lives and maybe you get inspired and be changed and be the change for others too.

This is one example of Technology and Innovation link to Economic Empowerment!

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BuzzingBee
Mar 07, 2016
Mar 07, 2016

Thank you so much for sharing your post.  I was enlightened both literally and figuratively that someone so obviously talented is willing to devote so much time to making sure that every person on this planet has access to tools that can make their lives easier.  I am familiar with the self adjusting glasses and in fact bought a pair for my son when his wait for his lens prescription was lost by the eye doctor and he couldn't see the board in class for 2 weeks.  One pair of glasses now acts as a back up for our entire family.  How marvelous that something like this exists and how incredibly special that someone like you took the time to share about your friend's accomplishments.  Thank you for doing so.

coolasas
Mar 11, 2016
Mar 11, 2016

I knew that one or more members here have encoutered the simple technology Kopernik carries and it's true it may be simple but it ties the loose ends like with your kid when he needed to read better at school and now you understand the importance of it.

I am glad you're here to give testimony that simple technology can go a long way, thank you BuzzingBee :)

KathyG
Mar 09, 2016
Mar 09, 2016

Thank you for posting the two videos and telling us about Kopernik. Before joining World Pulse I did volunteer work with Engineers Without Borders in Ecuador. In volunteering I learned a lot about appropriate technologies and the learnings over the years of the development agencies in how to solve real long-term on the ground problems and at the same time grow sustainable local economic opportunities as well to service the simple technologies. (Filters and batteries need to be replaced. Parts and service help is needed.)

However, what touched me the most in the TEDTalk video was how Kopernik had connected so much with its partners around the world, that when Japan suffered it's horrific earthquake/tsunami they received the emotional support back from the communities it had helped. This is what I seen daily working in the World Pulse offices. We can solve so many of the world's woe's through connecting and working together! Inspired yet again... thank you!

coolasas
Mar 11, 2016
Mar 11, 2016

I am happy you find the videos interesting. Yes, you experienced it first hand and sometimes makes you think why is the world getting more complex and complicated when we all need is a simple inexpensive devices to make life easier. We just need to become innovative and take advantage of the latest technology to work for us rather than the other way around :)

And I agree with your, we connect, we work together, we get stronger here in World Pulse and beyond.

Nice to meet you Kate and thank you.