The husband-and-wife team of Jim and Debbie Aung Din Taylor started small in 2004, but today the founders of the socially responsible company Proximity Designs work together with Harvard and Stanford Universities. 2012 was their most successful year ever, as they were able to better the lot of Burmese farmers with over 500 projects.
Those include foot-powered water pumps, simple-to-construct irrigation systems and mobile reservoirs which are both inexpensive and built to last. Products like these are the secret to success for the social entrepreneurs and their Rangoon design studio.
Xinhua News Agency (Mar. 8, 2011) A UN food study has determined that the adoption of ecological agriculture in poorer nations could double their food production within a decade. The study draws an explicit connection between ... watch video
AP (Apr. 1, 2014) A conservation group says Chinese logging and demand for monkey bones are threatening a rare monkey species in northern Myanmar. The Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys were recently captured on video for the ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 31, 2014) Tiny hair-thin muscles in the skin of batwings give the creatures unprecedented control during flight, according to researchers in the United States. The scientists hope to improve the aerodynamics ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 1, 2013) Researchers at Stanford University are looking to one of nature's most agile creatures - the hummingbird - for design tips as they build the next generation of aerial search and rescue vehicles. ... watch video
Reuters (Feb. 8, 2012) Israeli scientists have developed a small-scale method of analyzing microclimates using satellite images, to improve prospects for better farming. The researchers say the system could boost yields ... watch video
AFP (May 13, 2013) The UN's Food and Agriculture organization has called on Western consumers to get over their disgust of insects as they are a great source of protein. In many countries around the world, people are ... watch video
France 24 (June 21, 2013) Florida represents the second largest agriculture industry in the US and is also one of the leaders in orange production. Seventy-five percent of oranges produced by the Sunshine State are consumed ... watch video
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June 30, 2015 Using the nation's weather radar network, two doctoral students have developed a technique for forecasting something other than the weather: the orientation behavior of birds as they migrate through ... read more
June 30, 2015 Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause ... read more
Aug. 12, 2013 Designing products for the developing world can be a hit-or-miss endeavor: While there may be a dire need for products addressing problems, such as access to clean water, sanitation and electricity, ... read more
May 14, 2013 A truss design devised to help workers process space shuttles continues to find new uses as a space shuttle engineer-turned-entrepreneur adapts it to everything from a solar-powered electric ... read more
May 9, 2013 Often, it's not what you know, but who you know when it comes to business and research success and that still applies even in the age of online social networking, according to new ... read more
Oct. 27, 2010 General intelligence is not enough. Practical intelligence can mean the difference between entrepreneurial success or failure. Psychologists have identified multiple kinds of intelligence, but a new ... read more