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Honeybee Network
Jeremy Faludi, 25 Mar 05

Another great find from the Doors of Perception conference in Delhi: the Honey Bee Network, here in India. It is a network of people designed to find hackers and inventors from the countryside, the sort of people who don’t have two pennies to rub together but invent a coconut-tree-climbing machine so they can work better, or a man who had never been to formal school but heard on the news that government researchers were spending millions to built a mobile robot, and built his own to (supposedly) perform the same tasks. Another memorable example was a shock absorbing bicycle which has a gear which translates the impact of hitting a bump into turning the wheels, speeding you up instead of just inconveniencing you. (And with the roads around here, that could be quite an advantage--or send you headlong into disaster, I’m not sure which...)

The network works to connect these innovators to other people in other villages who can use their ideas, as well as companies that might license their inventions to provide them an income from their creativity.

The network includes or is affiliated with several groups: www.nifindia.org, sristi.org, gian.org, scai.org.in, and indiainnovates.com.

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All the off-site URLs in the article:

"The network includes or is affiliated with several groups: www.nifindia.org, sristi.org, gian.org, scai.org.in, and indiainnovates.com."

are wrong, since they've somehow got a "http://www.worldchanging.com/" prefix.
*t


Posted by: Tomas Pospisek on 26 Mar 05

The Honeybee Network link above is no good, either. It was meant to be this one, I think, but I can't get through there for the moment, either. Try this SRISTI link.


Posted by: Brian H on 2 Apr 05

The Honeybee Network link above is no good, either. It was meant to be this one, I think, but I can't get through there for the moment, either. Try this SRISTI link.


Posted by: Brian H on 2 Apr 05

I am involved with setting up a similar type operation in the 'States.

I'll post a report when I have some progress.


Posted by: M. Simon on 3 Apr 05

There is also a fledgling UK affiliate, which is focusing on practical grassroots innovation. See here for more


Posted by: Nick Temple on 7 Apr 05



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