Designing business processes
A few years ago I had an idea about a centralized multimedia system. So many people thought of this but in my concept there were some new and interesting parts. I went to two banks and had a conversation they thought the idea was pretty good but the business plan wasn’t. Also I wasn’t creditworthy. I also contacted Jort Kelder for information and had several e-mails. The conclusion was that I needed a rich sugar uncle to start this. It was a nice experience with the business sector.
In this water project I worked with many professionals and learned how to get in contact, how to network at your booth and how to present your idea real quick to someone who doesn’t know anything about the project. We went to Stockholm two times to the Stockholm World Water Week. We’ve learned that it is great to meet the right people. When you know the right people you can network real quick. Those people bring you in contact with several other people who can help you. The world is small you only have to find the right way. For our sponsors we had to make a schedule for one year, usually I don’t plan much further than the next week also the schedule has to be combined with a budget. And in prior of every Conference Call we had to send an update report. All those things were new for me and really useful to learn. Furthermore because we were working with Ghana we had experience with a totally different culture. When you want to bring a product to the market in a developing country I can say that’s going to be hard. You need people right there who knows how things work. Otherwise you are going to be frustrated about the amount of time it takes to do some simple things like sending an email, report, results or to hire a plumber. Also the first experiences were made with business cards and how to act formal to important people but don’t be afraid and ask what you want to know. Set yourself in the spotlight otherwise you won’t get noticed the next time. Have something to offer them or know someone he/she also knows. Yes also she, don’t forget there are so many important, smart women. Contacts are extremely important in this business world. You will be received with open arms if you know the right people.
Ideas and concepts
Innovative idea after research and brainstorming. Associative thinking because of the fire lighter we are using to generate ozone at a cheap and easy way. Instead of cleaning water only, we are also cleaning the jerry cans which are the real problem in some cases. After the basics were done I made a 3d model to help explaining it to someone not involved into the project. Our vision and goal is now to give people the tool to clean their jerry cans, but also vegetables, hands after a visit to the toilet, washing cutlery after diner. All to increase the health of people living in a world without safe drinking water.
A few years ago I was bicycling to school every day, around 30km, often alone. This was time for me to think about all day situations and how to improve them. This helped me to train the ability to analyze a situation and to think freely. Quality through quantity is not always applicable but here it could be used. Also it is great to see some ideas are not only my ideas, others have them too so the ideas are not always rubbish.
There is a lot of integrating technology what has been done to understand how we can generate ozone and how to disinfect jerry cans. I’ve read several scientific documents about electrical/ceramic piëzo elements, dielectrics, generators, ozone reactions, coatings and fire lighters. I had to discuss with experts in the water field about disinfecting and asked them for help when I didn’t understand something.