August 8, 2009

Thinking Outside the Box

I recently came across a very inspirational story, one that got me thinking that even when facing complex problems - such as access to clean, drinkable water, human ingenuity seems to prevail.

Not only Michael Pritchard has invented a remarkable water filtering solution, he is also challenging the way humanitarian organizations approach the distribution of water after natural or man-made disasters. Imagine the resources currently wasted just for transporting and distributing tons and tons of bottled water in disaster zones where in many cases, all people need is a basic filtering system. The cost seems expensive at first, but if you think about all the logistical costs associated with bringing water (1 liter = 1 kg), his solution seems to make more sense. Kudos to him for his thinking outside the box.

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