From TEDGlobal 2014: When you grow up in a developing country, notes innovation strategist Navi Radjou, you instantly learn to get more value from limited resources and find creative ways to reuse existing materials. In India, people call this type of frugal innovation “jugaad” — and it’s a problem-solving mindset across much of the global South. For example, in some parts of Africa, entrepreneurs can recharge low mobile phone batteries from a bicycle-powered generator. In Peru, students modified a giant billboard to convert air humidity into purified drinking water.
Inventions like these are inspiring, and they could be plentiful worldwide. TEDGlobal calls for action: it’s time for the global North to start co-creating with the global South as partners in frugal innovation.