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Speaking

“The failure of large scale poverty alleviation programs is not an excuse to do nothing, rather it should inspire us to try new strategies and create a new paradigm where poverty cannot exist.”  –  John Barrie

John Barrie is an energetic, articulate speaker who presents a compelling vision of a future without poverty.  Using examples of his successful grass roots programs Mr. Barrie shows us how the world’s poorest people are our greatest resource for creating a sustainable and equitable future.

Many of Mr. Barrie’s  successful programs are collaborations between students, professionals and local populations in the world’s poorest communities.

Technology Design

“There are thousands, possibly millions of people designing technologies for the richest of us but only a handful of people working full time to design new technologies for the poor.”

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative is a concept, a program, and a place where people from all walks of life come together to create a shared vision of a better future.  We work in collaboration with our clients to create break-through technologies that are affordable, sustainable and create opportunity.

Programs

“Programs and education are the software that make appropriate technology work.”

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative has created several programs to educate people and distribute new technologies.  Without programs even the most brilliant tech. will remain just ideas, or worse, broken and resented artifacts of the well-intentioned but poorly informed.

Mayan Power and Light is an example of a program that grew out of our technology development. Using solar power to replace kerosene lamps and candles in rural homes is affordable and it provides multiple benefits, but rural populations have little knowledge of the technology.   More Information:  Mayan Power and Light

Comments – Testimonials – Programs

  • A message of hope jb

    Creative development based on collaboration with the people we serve.  Employing a deep knowledge of local conditions we create grass-roots programs that empower women, youth and small-holder farms.  

    Programs

  • profoundly important jbHundreds have participated in our workshops in Guatemala, Nicaragua and India.  We work with local talent to solve local problems.  Our Volunteer Travel Technology Workshops are 1 – 2 weeks in length with a defined focus, often working with solar power or renewable energy.  Check out:  Volunteer Travel

     

    Volunteer Travel

  • your work is brilliant jbWorkshop participants want answers.  Global poverty has resisted solutions, and billions of dollars have been wasted.  Find out what works and why we are optimistic.

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  • A message of hope jb

    Creative development based on collaboration with the people we serve.  Employing a deep knowledge of local conditions we create grass-roots programs that empower women, youth and small-holder farms.  

    Programs

  • profoundly important jbHundreds have participated in our workshops in Guatemala, Nicaragua and India.  We work with local talent to solve local problems.  Our Volunteer Travel Technology Workshops are 1 – 2 weeks in length with a defined focus, often working with solar power or renewable energy.  Check out:  Volunteer Travel

     

    Volunteer Travel

  • your work is brilliant jbWorkshop participants want answers.  Global poverty has resisted solutions, and billions of dollars have been wasted.  Find out what works and why we are optimistic.

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Technologies and Projects

U of  M Treadle Pump

1. Treadle Pump 1 & 2

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MSU Solar Vaccine Refrigerator sm

2. Solar Vaccine Refrigerator

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Study By Small Scale Solar Light - Copy

3. Small Scale Solar

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Girls Carry Water 2

4. Water for Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan

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Natalia Owner of Solar Business at Solar Demonstration SQa

5. Large Scale Solar

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Justin in Guatemala Kitchen, Old Cookstove

6. Clean Cookstoves

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