Comment 51304

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted November 09, 2010 at 17:30:48

Another awesome way to kick-start innovation, especially in very low-income areas would be to look into commercial waste policies. As someone who visits a lot of offices, I know how often things like computers, copiers and desks go out - and as someone who's volunteered often, I know how much even a few of those could be worth. The same could be said of a lot of industrial machinery (especially things like sewing machines or power tools).

In-kind donations cut red-tape like there's no tomorrow, as well as reducing waste physically. Coupled with grants of free or cheap space, they would allow people to start creating things without the enormous capital outlay usually required. And if we're talking about experimental, small, community-based non-profits groups and the like, there's really no reason they need to be paying full price for such capital.

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