This video is a great example of the innovation that can be found all over the world. Another example is this post from Good Magazine today. As international development workers, it’s our job to find ingenuity and encourage it. It doesn’t matter if they are building lights, inventing new irrigation systems, or preaching the word. All we can do is find a little spark, add some fuel, and hope it starts a fire throughout the communities we work in.
Intentionally be on the lookout for creativity and innovation among the people you are working with. Robert Lupton says it well in his book, Toxic Charity:
“The poor, no matter how destitute, have enormous untapped capacity; find it, be inspired by it, and build upon it.”
This concept is the single most effective tool you have in fighting poverty in a sustainable way.