• Topic: If an innovation doesn’t appear to be wholly sustainable, but has a strong beneficial component, is it still eligible for a nomination?

    • October 28, 2015 5:41 PM EDT
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      If an innovation doesn’t appear to be wholly sustainable, but has a strong beneficial component, is it still eligible for a nomi

      Yes. As an example, Professor Amelia Naim Indrajaya from IPMI Jakarta shared that her students were discussing Shakti. While this was an innovative initiative reducing poverty and deaths in the region from dysentery, it has also meant that Indian women discontinued using natural herbs for their washing. Now they are consuming petroleum-derivatives or chemical products. They have to spend money instead of getting herbs for free, and the plastic wrappers are new waste they didn't have before. The question was: Does such an initiative qualify? There are pros and cons.

       

      There are no 100% perfect initiatives, and it may be good to identify stakeholders and mark down how many of the stakeholders are winning and whose interests are disregarded or at a loss, then compare the results to make a decision.

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