Big results from small solutions?
It seems counter-intuitive, but take a look around and notice that some of the world’s mostÂ widespreadÂ solutionsÂ stem from theÂ simplest of ideas. Believe me, I know this-I’m a Bangladeshi.Â My country, a developing nation with a per capita income of $1400 (as compared to global average of $10,200), has spearheaded the invention ofÂ the globally recognized Microcredit and theÂ Sono ArsenicÂ filter.Â I’mÂ certain the inventors,Â Dr. Muhammad Yunus and Â Dr. Abdul Hussam respectively, along with the world, triumph over the simplicity of these solutions. They really are that simple.
For those unaware, microcredit is the granting of very small loans to poverty stricken communities/people that show potential in repayingÂ it through entrepreneurship. There’s no need to explain the economic implications ofÂ suchÂ financialÂ innovationÂ because the results speak for themselves. From worldwide women’s empowerment to the sprouting of new industries,Â microcredit has proven to drastically improve the quality of life for millions of the impoverished. Similarly, theÂ Sono Arsenic filter,Â withÂ it’s simple design and $40Â cost, can filter water of fatal impurities for 2 families. What was once aÂ critical arsenic poisoning crisis in Bangladesh, is no longer. This is incredible!Â
- Dr. Yunus
As my first post, I want to emphasize the importance of small actionsÂ inspiring huge results. Sort of like a Jolkona (water droplet) creating ripples in a pool of water.Â You can be the small dropÂ that brings ripples ofÂ changeÂ in your community, in your world. Take a look at the projects the Jolkona FoundationÂ has listed on this site, and you might just find your opportunity.
I’m excited beyond belief for my upcoming trip to Bangladesh! I hope to witness more examples of what I call, the Jolkona Effect. What are some other examplesÂ that you know of today? How are they simple?Â How are they widely effective?
But more importantly, what are your ideas and visionsÂ of small solutions providing widespread change?Â Who knows…maybe we’ll speak of you one day!