Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging:
Review: Garbage Dreams
Carissa Bluestone reviews "Garbage Dreams," a documentary about three boys in Mokattam, Cairo's largest "garbage village," which should really be called a "recycling village." The film showcases the enthusiasm and ingenuity of the younger generation that live and work in almost every megacity. The movie's larger significance is in its revelation of the missed opportunities inherent in globalizing waste management...
The End of Cheap Oil as an Opportunity
Claude Lewenz, author of "How to Build a Village," writes here about how we invented modern forms of habitation based on cheap oil, and how we can view the end of cheap oil as an opportunity rather than a disaster...
Shadow Cities and the Urbanization of the World
James Cascio discusses the new urban world and squatter communities, and Robert Neuwirth's book "Shadow Cities"...
Well, I know you are not talking about developing countries here, but your post, and the subject line reminded me so much of this thing I witnessed when I was in India that I had to share it. I was told by a friend about this organization that was trying to rebuild an entire village by helping them gain 24 hours access to power and water, which would make their basic occupation of farming easier. They succeeded in doing that, and they build the only village in India that has it. This is amazing!
Then I heard of another organization, which takes discarded clothes from cities and stuff, and recycles it and gives clothes to the rural poor. Also, sanitary napkins for village girls.
And the most amazing part is, these both organizations are connected in a very special way. They have both been recognized as forefront innovators in India.
I was searching for some link, or photographs or something and I came across these below. Take a look!