22Lightbulbs Podcast

Listen to inspiring podcasts about humanitarian entrepreneurs and their products.
22 Lightbulbs: The Way to Scale Development

This prolific humanitarian entrepreneur and 2-time author discusses business solutions to poverty in this podcast episode.Through his social ventures, Paul Polak has inspired a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products around the globe.  Dr. Polak is founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture that aims to help the[…]

22Lightbulbs: Simple and Affordable Oxygen

  Lifeflo CEO Dan Normand discusses what simple and affordable oxygen means and how Lifeflo can save lives, especially infants. We discuss the importance of having oxygen in any emergency situation and Lifeflo’s goals to make this happen.   Dan has 30 years of medical device experience with companies like GE Healthcare, Covidian, ThermoRespiratory Group,[…]

22Lightbulbs: Wireless Electricity

Andrew Byrnes discusses wireless electricity and the nexus between the humanitarian aid market and the outdoor industry. One is about survival and one is about privilege, but some of the design principles are the same.  Stower designs and runs wireless electricity systems for individuals and homes, delivering reliable, economic, sustainable solutions to specific power needs[…]

22Lightbulbs: Ready to Use Nutritional Foods

In this episode, we speak to two powerhouses in the ready-to-use food industry from Edesia, Navyn Salem, and Maria Kasparian. Edesia is a unique organization that manufactures specialized ready-to-use foods (RUFs) that treat and prevent malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations. Since its inception in 2010, Edesia has produced and shipped enough food to help transform the[…]

22Lightbulbs: Search and Rescue Drones

  Ivan Stamatovski, founder of Easy Aerial ,talks about search and rescue drones as “zero responders.” Ivan is a digital strategist, entrepreneur and tech aficionado, designer of flying robots. His company, Easy Aerial, provides industry specific, custom aerial solutions.  Search and Rescue Drones With eyes in the sky, drones are changing the nature of search and rescue missions as they[…]

22Lightbulbs: Solar Lending Libraries in Africa

Megan Birney is the President of Unite to Light, which aims to bring light to those in poverty. Megan is an expert in renewable energy policy and finance. Throughout her career she has focused on increasing access to renewable energy.  In this episode, we’ll talk about how solar lending libraries dramatically improves education in Africa[…]

22Lightbulbs: Modular Flooring for Refugees

Scott Austin Key CEO and Co-Founder of Good Works Studio, a social company founded by two students at Rice University that’s created modular flooring for refugees. Good Works Studio believes in the power of design to innovate and are using it in creative ways. Scott has spent a significant amount of time in refugee camps[…]

22Lightbulbs: IV Infusion Rate Monitor for Rural Clinics

Beth Kolko is the co-founder and CEO of Seattle-based company Shift Labs. The company creates simple and affordable medical devices, such as the Dripassist Infusion Rate Monitor, for rapidly growing healthcare systems, such as rural medical clinics, that are in rugged environments and lack infrastructure. Beth is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator, who blends disciplinary[…]

22Lightbulbs: Intelligent Sanitary Pads

Trine Angeline Sig is the co-founder and managing director of Real Relief in Denmark, a global organization whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of millions of vulnerable people across the globe.  Trine has 16 years of experience in aid & relief, working with UN organizations as well as NGOs. In this[…]

22Lightbulbs: A Podcast about Humanitarian Entrepreneurs and Their Products

  Where did the name 22Lightbulbs come from? The name 22Lightbulbs is derived from Chinese numerology where the number 22 serves as the destiny number of individuals who are builders and leaders. These builders and leaders are usually visionaries with their feet strongly grounded. They love world peace, are unconventional in actions and thought, are[…]

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