Young World Inventor Profiled on PBS Newshour!

Jodie Wu to Appear on “Agents for Change”

If you have been following Young World Inventors, you’re probably familiar with Jodie Wu, founder of Global Cycle Solutions (see video below!). Thus, we couldn’t be happier at camp YWI that the entrepreneur we’ve gotten to know so well over the past two years will soon appear on “Agents for Change,” a series to be broadcast on PBS NewsHour. “Agents for Change” traces the stories of motivated individuals who respond to entrenched social challenges like poverty, food security and access to basic amenities. These entrepreneurs come up with innovative solutions that go beyond short-term fixes to create sustainable solutions that change the system, improve the local economy and impact people’s daily lives.

Jodie, winner of the prestigious Echoing Green fellowship, is no stranger to tackling the social challenges of the developing world. At GCS, she’s gotten to know the struggles and successes of running her own social enterprise in Tanzania. What started as an idea at MIT’s D-Lab has quickly developed into a company that produces simple and effective products to make life easier for folks in Tanzania and beyond. “We are creating technologies that help smallholder farmers take their first step out of poverty, without any dependency on electricity or fuel,” noted Wu in a recent interview. In fact, items in the GCS inventory include adapters for bicycles that can be used to thresh corn, bike adapters that charge phones and solar-powered lanterns and chargers. Adds Wu, “Working in Tanzania and watching people’s faces light up at village (product) demonstrations only motivates me to spread the work of Global Cycle Solutions across the globe.”

[Read the full interview with Jodie here]

We’d like to congratulate Jodie on her profile on PBS and are excited to watch where she takes her ideas next!


Young World Inventors

Young World Inventors is an international webisode and multimedia series: up-close serial videos of high and low tech startups trying to make it in a digital world. Will offer videos, funding resources, interactive blog (with funding) using new partners for distribution and broadcast of stories in four countries. YWI's first dozen stories profile girl power in East Africa -- as startups learn to survive, thrive and inspire change.

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