Sustainability demands that we quickly understand what makes new kinds on national leaders who deeply love community empowerment and ending poverty. This thread invites you to log up details that may help undesrtand commonalities or differences between Yunus, Obama or indeed anyone shaping a Nation's capacity to end poverty and support millennium goals within and beyond its borders
DR Yunus chooses 5 of his favourite authors- from Forbes
I admire Tagore for the lyricism of his novels, poetry and music, and especially his depictions of the natural beauty of Bengal. At the same time, I admire him for his deep humanism and commitment to uplifting of the masses through self-help and education. He challenged orthodox systems of learning and translated his vision of education into reality by setting up a learning center in Santiniketan.
Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
I admire the simplicity of Sharat Chandra's writings about Bengali rural life and society. One thing that I found striking in his writings was an affection and deep respect for Bengali women. Sharat Chandra, like Tagore, was also very vocal against social discrimination.
In addition to his many short stories, my favorite novel by Manik Bandopadhay is Padma Nadir Majhi, in which he depicts the struggles of the boatmen on the Padma River. Having risen from poverty himself, Manik was acutely aware of how it affects behavior, and in many of his stories, he writes about the complicated psychology of ordinary rural people that contrasts with the serene natural setting in which they live.
I admire Zola's work, such as the powerful Germinal, because it rails against the exploitation of the many by the few. But his message is not one of despair. Instead, it shows humanity's capacity for compassion and hope.
Dickens is memorable not only for the vividness of his characters but also the intricacy of the plots in his stories. I enjoyed Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and other books because they are not simply stories but also powerful social commentaries.,hr>
On Nov 12 Dr Yunus receives California's primary technology awards for humanity
, spanning countries such as Senegal, Peru, Hungary, Canada, Namibia, Germany, Egypt, India, United Kingdom, Laos, and the United States. The selected Laureates’ projects address multiple humanitarian efforts including narrowing the digital divide, expanding renewable energy, improving multilingual education and empowering women in developing countries
. Here are companion laureates in renewable energy fields:
NComputing, Inc.: NComputing, based in Redwood City, CA, taps the unused power of a standard PC and redistributes it to multiple users, helping organizations in developing countries save on deployment, maintenance, energy, and replacement costs and thereby narrowing the digital divide. www.ncomputing.com
The Portable Light Project: The Portable Light Project, based in Boston, creates new ways to provide clean energy. Portable Light textiles with embedded flexible solar materials and solid state lighting enable people in the developing world to create, own, and benefit from energy-harvesting blankets, bags and clothing in an open source integration model. www.portablelight.org
Solar Electric Light Fund: Washington D.C.-based Solar Electric Light Fund developed a solar power drip irrigation system to help farmers in rural Benin, West Africa, cultivate their crops. The technology eliminates the need for fossil fuels and battery use used in irrigation methods in developing countries. www.self.org
Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) Biotechnology, Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.: Using genetic engineering, NUE technology reduces nitrogen fertilizer requirements that are among the highest-polluting components of farming, while maintaining crop yield. www.arcadiabiosciences.com
Biomass Energy Project, Cheetah Conservation Fund: Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Bush Project is a biomass processing plant that uses a high-pressure extrusion process to convert invasive bush into a clean and economically viable alternative to existing products such as firewood, coal, lump charcoal and charcoal briquettes used for cooking fuel and barbecues. www.cheetah.org
Renewable Energies Promotion Fund, Practical Action: Using locally manufactured and assembled equipment, The Renewable Energies Promotion Fund of the Latin American Regional Office of Practical Action in Lima, Peru, has developed a system for the construction, finance, and management of decentralized micro-hydropower in remote mountain villages that would otherwise not have electricity. www.solucionespracticas.org.pe
Sunlabob Renewable Energy Ltd: Laos-based Sunlabob rents large central solar charging stations to village entrepreneurs, who in turn rent out rechargeable exchangeable solar lamps to local villagers. These solar lamps provide not only light, but also a source of power for mobile devices such as telephones. www.sunlabob.com
Kudos to this year’s laureates for a job well done. For more information, visit www.techawards.org