The Starting Point: ‘The Leap – Solutions for Humanity’
We launched the first edition of ‘The Leap- Solutions for Humanity’ in March with the aim to support entrepreneurs to develop their Covid-19 related projects free of charge. Some of the projects that participated also got the opportunity to attend the Changemakerxchange summit supported by partners such as Ashoka, Ship2B and Yunus&Youth. Below three of the Solutions for Humanity entrepreneurs share their projects and experiences.
1. A Purpose-driven platform for education
Avasarshala is an education platform that helps children discover their interests and talents and utilize them to build self-confidence, get recognized and grow into well nurtured personalities of tomorrow. During the COVID-19 Lockdown, Avasarshala launched WhizKids Club, a community for parents where daily challenges are given to children to keep them entertained and engaged and learn something new through tasks presented in a story telling model. Co-founder Sandeep explais more:
create a resiliency of change. We can only achieve this by introducing lessons of entrepreneurship, real life problem solving, innovation, self-awareness, exploring mind and body connections, acquiring life skills, importance of mental wellness and so on.
‘At the summit I connected with young people who were creating impact even at the face of adversities. Some of them were re-inventing their business model, some were helping others find new ways of doing business, and I met a few who began building solutions especially when the rest of the world was battling with the “new normal” in the business world. More than ever I felt a connection. I felt that we are all in a way united by a global problem, and local solutions can be adapted to fit each of the environments we interact with. There are fellow changemakers from whom I can seek help, and most importantly, I can extend my help too. How amazing it would be, if I can extend my support through the globally placed changemakers and create happiness in the lives of people I would never have otherwise known of.’
2. Access to Healthcare for sustainable development
3. Creating a Marketplace for Digital Healthcare
This society challenge affects over 12 million patients in Tanzania yearly leaving behind almost 2 million patients dying every year because of lack of faster, effective and transparent digital healthcare services as well as there is less doctors compared to the number of patient with the ratio of 1:5,000.’
Reginald also participated in the Changemakerxchange summit:
‘The Changemakerxchange summit i learnt that during and post Covid situation – people should be ready to take their time and energy to be very empathetic to others by connecting and engaging virtually through sharing the current struggles and opportunities with other to deliver a win-win situation. We looked at innovative solutions that will help to channeling creativity during Covid 19 and the most amazing part of this discussion was based on creating telemedicine services, student volunteering mobile applications and creating content for children that will enable them to learn while playing in order to ensure children are sharpening their brains and skills.’
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4. Supporting students through mentoring
5. Upholding health and Human Rights of children
Crosswalk is the flagship program at the startup HumanQind, where children get an agency to define their needs and co-create safe and democratized access to schools, build momentum in communities and influence the government to implement change in India. The project engages with children through 9 design thinking modules so as to enable & empower them to express their emotions, reimagine their spaces, learn about their rights and co-design a safe and compassionate access to their schools. Founder Ruchi Varma tells us more:
‘In India, children located in urban areas account for 34% of the total population. Children between 5-14 years are at a heightened risk of road injuries (30 die everyday) and have a high exposure to toxic air and noise pollution, especially when they go to school and play. Crosswalk is a movement to create compassionate neighborhoods one school at a time. Throughout the process, Crosswalk supports young emerging leadership and change agents that trigger urban innovation and create long term change in communities.
The foundation of our work upholds the health and human rights of children in their everyday life. It has been long since they have been considered small, forgotten and invisible and our systems have failed to recognize road injuries as a public health issue. As we shape a new normal, giving children a voice, visibility and agency as equals will not only empower and save lives but also create physical spaces of compassion as a tool to bridge inequities and create lasting happiness.’
6. Building the future of work
Jeff Regino participated in the Leap program in December 2019 and will be launching his project PlatformX a revolutionary solution aimed at the new normal of the job market in the near future. It will be the world’s first worker led, focused, and owned online job platform legally structured as a cooperative social enterprise. It’s an online marketplace where we match businesses and clients with online workers worldwide. Jeff explains more:
‘As an online worker for 8 years, I’ve directly experienced the stress, exploitation, scams, and frustration that thousands or millions of online workers go through regularly. And so I’m creating PlatformX, an online job platform I wish we had when I started. My initial ambitious goal is to create at least 100,000 to 500,000 better-paying jobs in 10 years or so. My ultimate goal is to create a Mondragon Corporation-like federation of social enterprises, cooperatives, and other job-generating enterprises.
The main challenge has been getting funding, and more specifically, ethical funding. I’m looking for grants, repayable grants, no-/low-interest loans, or revenue-based financing. Taking such funding would allow me to share more profits or surplus to PlatformX’s community and less to investors.’
7. Improving Standard of Living for the elderly population
Thanks to RecallPill, users will have a perfect daily pill intake routine, with the only need of remembering the meaning of the pillbox and wristband notifications. Its main purpose is to improve users’ health and therefore their standard of living. Some of the most important RecallPill’s advantages are: improvement in the treatment adhesion, reduction of errors in the process of preparing and supplying medication and the opportunity to take the pillbox wherever the user goes.
Besides, this control of the intake will help the relatives to live peacefully. How is it related to Covid-19 solutions or shaping a new normal? The product allows the users to be more independent on their daily pill intake routine, avoiding unnecessary contact with other people. As the pillbox is divided into compartments for each pill, there is no need for the user’s SPDs to be refill in the pharmacies, as they can buy the medicines and refill the pillbox themselves, avoiding insecure handling of the pills.
8. Encouraging ‘buy rural’ decisions
Miguel Martínez Tomey participated in the ‘Hackaton Rural’ initiative by El Hueco which partnered with Bridge for Billions to find solutions to support rural communities during the pandemic. He created The Rural Economic Network (REN -RER in Spanish-) made up of providers of goods and services based in rural areas. All of them would be registered in an online platform through which purchasing decisions of companies, professionals and even NGOs and local authorities can be channelled to other rural suppliers…
‘The project aims at boosting the turnover of rural businesses by encouraging “buy rural” decisions by rural businesses, improving the attractiveness of their products and services in relation to urban-based competitors. Over time, the network can develop its potential by facilitating the establishment of links and even stable commercial alliances between companies in the rural environment, expanding to new rural partners and markets, stimulating collaborative economy formulas, organizing collective purchases to offer goods and services under more advantageous conditions, building customer loyalty and attracting new ones in both rural and urban areas.
By establishing a system of preferential rural buying and selling, a rural-rural flow of production and demand is generated which helps to sustain the volume of business within the economy of rural areas, in many ways more vulnerable and potentially less competitive (especially in more remote areas) than the economic fabric of urban areas. It would help “shore up” rural businesses that are now suffering from the COVID-19 crisis but, in the context of the new normal, it could serve as a tool to boost their competitiveness and set up new and sound collaborative economy links.’
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