Curated Archive 2017

Academy for Systems Change
2017 Catalyst Program

The online, open-source Systems Change Fieldbook will make tools and practices accessible for those leading deep, systemic change and developing this field of knowledge. This multimedia resource will build capacity for an expanding network of leaders to practice awareness-based systemic change for the wellbeing of communities, economies, and ecosystems.

Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP)
2017 Catalyst Program

Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform is a transnational STEAM*-powered, intercultural/interclass stellate design initiative to transform the materials processing and recycling zone of Agbogbloshie scrapyard typified in global media as the world's biggest e-waste dump meme into a human-spatial network for distributed manufacturing and digital fabrication to drive a global circular economy.

Airponix Ltd
2017 Catalyst Program

Our mission is to further develop our technology to help eliminate world hunger. The optimum Airponix soilless agricultural system uses nutrient containing water fogs (not mists) to grow food crops in low-cost climate-change resilient protective enclosures, minimising environmental impact with radically improved yields (20 times) and water savings (85%).

ayzh
2017 Catalyst Program

Our mission is to bring simplicity and dignity to women's health worldwide. We manufacture and distribute low-cost, high-quality products carefully designed to meet the unique needs of women in low-resource settings, comprehensively targeting the entire Continuum of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) for intergenerational well-being.

Bhungroo
2017 Winner

The Sustainable Green Initiative Forum has designed Bhungroo (in Gujarati, “straw” or “hollow pipe”), an innovative technology that can filter, inject, and store storm water up to a depth of 300 meters in the subsoil.

Boston Ujima Project
2017 Catalyst Program

THE BOSTON UJIMA PROJECT is a democratically governed multi-stakeholder organization, building a community-controlled business and finance ecosystem in Boston. We are challenging poverty and developing our communities by pooling our investment, consumer and political capital, to grow local wealth and ownership while meeting our own needs.

BoxPower
2017 Catalyst Program

BoxPower seeks to facilitate off-grid electrification in low-income rural populations by providing consumers with hybrid renewable microgrids. Our hope is that our energy systems plug-and-play units built around standard 20 ft. shipping containers will help lay the foundations for a sustainable future, starting with the most economically vulnerable populations.

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
2017 Catalyst Program

In an effort to make our rooftop farms as ecological as possible, the Brooklyn Grange team will design and build a water capture system that collects and stores rain and irrigation water on the roof surface, rather than letting it go down the drain.

Built for Zero
2017 Catalyst Program

Built for Zero, an initiative of Community Solutions, works with 70 communities across the United States to help them end chronic and veteran homelessness.

Buoyant Ecologies Float Lab
2017 Catalyst Program

Buoyant Ecologies is a collaborative research platform that synthesizes architectural design, marine ecology, and digital fabrication to explore new approaches to constructing resilient waterfront structures. The project's ambition is to develop compelling strategies for designing and fabricating scalable resilient coastal structures that enhance the biodiversity of the surrounding ecology.

Cambridge Crops
2017 Catalyst Program

Together with MIT and Tufts University, Cambridge Crops has developed an innovative biomaterial coating that is able to dramatically extend the shelf life of perishable foods by up to 50%. Our coating technology can reduce food waste from the farm to table in both developed and developing countries.

Coral Vita
2017 Catalyst Program

Coral Vita farms corals to restore dying reefs. We grow corals up to 50x faster while strengthening their resilience against climate change. By revitalizing biodiversity, boosting fisheries, sheltering shorelines, and strengthening local economies, we can help preserve coral reefs and the valuable benefits the provide for over 1B people globally.

El Ingenio
2017 Semi-Finalist

El INGENIO is an interdisciplinary model that creates the necessary conditions for youth and children to be capable to transform their educational context and their communities through Music, Literature, Design, Architecture, Science, Technologies and Creative Industries, changing the way people learn and break the poverty cycle by creativity and innovation.

Empower Generation
2017 Catalyst Program

Empower Generation (EG) seeds and supports women-led clean energy enterprises serving Nepal's energy poor. We envision a world where women lead the clean energy revolution, reducing deforestation and fossil fuel use. Our entrepreneur network enables clean energy technology suppliers access to remote markets where their products are in high demand.

Fruit Futures Initiative Gary
2017 Catalyst Program

Fruit Futures (FFIG) re-imagines post-urban Gary IN, with multipurpose plantings of fruiting trees. As a critical alternative to sustainable (re)development, cooperative landscapes link the region's geography to the biochemistry of fruit, engaging citizen scientists to reboot soil, study microclimate, and explore favorite and forgotten small fruits towards resilient cultural futures.

GOONJ
2017 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: New Delhi, India

SUMMARY: GOONJ is challenging traditional models of treating old household material as charity instead turning it into powerful tool for social change and a new currency for rural development. Instead of charity this material is given as reward, with dignity to rural communities solving their problems with their own wisdom.

HiveMind
2017 Catalyst Program

BeeTech leverages powerful bioremediation modalities to remedy denuded, toxic, and radioactive sites. Our platform is low-tech, but exponentially effective, scalable to global scope, and two orders of magnitude less expensive than conventional methods. It's also congruent with indigenous cultures such as the Navajo Way of Beauty.

Ignitia
2017 Semi-Finalist

Ignitia is the first highly accurate, highly scalable tropical weather forecasting company. We developed a weather model tailored for the tropics that creates GPS-specific forecasts that are twice as accurate as existing models. We send these to farmers via simple SMS so they can make better farming decisions.

International Indigenous Design Charter
2017 Catalyst Program

The primary aim of this policy/systems design project is to develop an International Indigenous Design Charter. Its mission is to guide designers (indigenous and non-indigenes) on the appropriate use of Indigenous knowledge and culture in communication design and associated areas of design practice.

Jibu
2017 Catalyst Program

With a unique social franchise model, Jibu has developed a holistic solution to health, employment and infrastructural challenges of the developing world. Jibu equips and finances aspiring entrepreneurs to make drinking water and other health-improving products accessible and affordable to entire communities.

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