Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth DiCesare

Elizabeth is a writer currently based in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Drones Delivering Supplies to Remote Communities

While completing summer courses at Singularity University, social entrepreneur Andreas Raptopoulos conceived a plan to deliver life-saving materials to remote and isolated communities throughout the Global South. That idea has now turned into a company that utilizes unmanned aerial vehicles (UVAs), called Matternet.

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Fishing for Change

Shipping containers are becoming important tools for development across the Global South. In some areas they have been converted into emergency shelters, and they are now being used to help combat low levels of fishing off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa. The Fish Farm, created by Alan Fleming, is the first fish farm in the world to …

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Shipping Containers Have the Potential to Deliver Homes

When natural disasters strike, thousands of people are often left homeless. Emergency shelters are always in need, and new innovations have recently allowed for many new creations, such as the Biosphere and Exo-Units. Recently, the idea of “cargotecture” has been taking off. “Cargotecture” takes shipping containers, refurbishes them, and turns them into sustainable homes. A new proposal using this type of construction is the proposal …

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Buy a Home, Build a Home

It is estimated that just over 1 billion people across the globe live in slums. To combat this housing crisis, Peter Dupis, one of the founders of World Housing, focused his Master’s thesis on the one-for-one model. This approach is inspired by TOM shoes, a venture in which every purchase of a pair of shoes sees another pair donated to …

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“Earthship Biotecture” Provides Sustainable Housing

Earthship Biotecture was founded in 1969 by Michael Reynolds, an architect, who utilizes innovative technologies to create sustainable housing developments. Based in Taos, New Mexico, the organization has now spread worldwide, and sustainable “earthships” are being used for both leisure and emergency housing. Their aim is to “evolve the way humans live on this planet by evolving existing methods of …

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E-Readers Help Combat Illiteracy

The United Nations estimates that roughly 774 million people worldwide are illiterate, including nearly 123 million children. To address this, reading programs are desperately needed in schools. One of the major problems that schoolchildren throughout the Global South face is a severe lack of access to books. These are the issues at the heart of Worldreader’s programs. Worldreader is a …

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