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World Water Day: Global Water Challenge and Ashoka’s Changemakers Tap Local Solutions to the Water Crisis

Global Water Challenge (GWC) and Ashoka’s Changemakers invite everyone to join "Tapping Local Innovation: Unclogging the Water and Sanitation Crisis," an online competition to discover and support entrepreneurs with groundbreaking approaches to the world’s water and sanitation challenges. Also today, director of Oscar-winning films, Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Shekhar Kapur launches a blog on Changemakers.net inspired by his latest film, Paani ("Water"), which will examine the daily struggle for water in the slums of Mumbai.

"In celebration of World Water Day, we join today all social innovators from around the world who are making access to clean drinking water and sanitation a reality," said Ashoka’s Changemakers Executive Director, Charlie Brown.

Innovators must submit their entries by March 26, 2008. The GWC is pleased to announce that upon the close of the competition, selected entries will be invited to submit proposals for funding consideration. With a gift from The Coca-Cola Company, US$1 million in grants is available from GWC to implement innovative entrepreneurial approaches that further its mission of universal access to water and sanitation.

More than 100 innovations have already poured in from 35 countries. For example, in Sudan, an innovator has launched a bartering system to exchange a local natural resource for water treatment equipment that radically reduces waterborne diseases. A Nigerian entrepreneur creates cheap, clean, and sustainable energy from human waste. Anyone can review entries and get involved through open online discussions.

"We have both the resources and the will to live in a world in which everyone can drink clean water and use a safe toilet," said Paul Faeth, Executive Director of GWC. "This competition is showing the impact that social entrepreneurs working in the farthest corners of the world can have."

Via: (Ashoka’s Changemakers)

Written by John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

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