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Innovation, Ingenuity and Opportunity under Conditions of Scarcity (Download PDF)

In July 2009, I was inspired by working in the Research wing of the Aalto University’s Design Factory in Espoo, Finland, to launch a group blog called REculture: Exploring the post-consumption economy of repair, reuse, repurpose and recycle by informal businesses at the Base of the Pyramid*. Within a year, this research interest evolved into […]

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Labour saving African kitchen appliances: Market opportunity for product design and social innovation

After watching their Mamas spending hours over an open fire, sweating over the daily dish of ugali or nsima or fufu – the African kitchen’s favourite carbohydrate – inventors and innovators across the continent are taking the initiative to ease her burden with nifty, new kitchen appliances. While culinary details differ from region to region […]

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Invention vs Innovation from the customer’s perspective

    An invention is not an innovation until it is adopted by the users ~ John Heskett   We think that technology has all the answers or can provide that magic silver bullet.  If we can simply build that shiny, new widget or make an app for the service, customers are bound to flock […]

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