About John Barrie


John Barrie
John Barrie

“We looked at a number of impressive designs, but this one really stood out … RMI believes that this extremely promising technology can break through the cost barrier “

Kendra Tupper
Senior Consultant
Rocky Mountain Institute
Judge, Boston Innovation Prize


John Barrie is the Executive Director of the Appropriate Technology Collaborative, an award winning nonprofit company that designs low cost sustainable technologies that provide opportunity for the world’s poorest people.  Mr. Barrie is an Architect and Industrial Designer; he has also been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Barrie is currently working with groups of professionals, students, and volunteers from across the United States to develop new appropriate technologies for low income people in the developing world.

John Barrie conducts lively and inspiring workshops on appropriate technologies and technology development for low income communities.

John Barrie CV:  Curriculum Vitae

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative (ATC) creates new sustainable technologies that promote economic growth and improve the quality of life for low income people worldwide.  ATC designs, develops, demonstrates and distributes affordable technological solutions that empower people and create jobs. ATC works in collaboration with local talent in developing countries to create market based solutions that are culturally sensitive, environmentally responsible and locally repairable in order to improve the quality of life and reduce adverse impacts on the environment.

MPL Student Installing Solar Hardware
Mayan Power and Light Student Installs Solar Controller

In 2013 ATC began the Mayan Power and Light (MPL) program to teach young at-risk Mayan women about electricity, circuits and solar power.  Graduates of the class are invited to start solar businesses and ATC provides business incubation services.  The first Mayan Power and Light business was incorporated in Guatemala in early 2014.  The Mayan Power and Light program is designed to scale into more Latin American and Caribbean countries and beyond.  All MPL teachers are Guatemalan, and most are women.  MPL teachers are mentors and role models who inspire young Mayan women.

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