Re: SOC/TECH: Greenstar <--- MUST SEE

Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 08:54:40 MDT

In a message dated 6/26/00 9:11:03 AM Central Daylight Time,

> Volume production is at odds with picking a few good projects. To support
> volume production, you'd need an easy way to find lots of good sites.
> I am highly skeptical of the economics of this enterprise. It seems
> driven by self-indulgence of rich engineers. Comparisons across poor
> countries, regions, and individuals almost never show any substantial
> health effect of variations in medical spending or water and sanitation.
> And the idea that random isolated villages could recoup $100K investments
> via ecommerce seems just ludicrous, even if the equipment isn't just

Actually, I think the e-commerce cost-recoupment idea is also impractical.
It seems like "window dressing" for the core idea of making a modular
power/water/net/clinic unit.

As for the job of picking good sites, there's probably no shortcut around
that. However, there are lots of do-gooder First Worlders who volunteer to
work on things like this. My enthusiasm for the idea of making a robust,
simple, modular "infrastructure" module for use in the Third World is

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