Pecha Kutcha's night for the intro of "Micro Industry"

It all goes to fast! No time for reflexion, let alone for discussion about these issues with friends. So I deplore simplification and unclear description where that occurs.

However this is a splendid opportunity to go for it: introduce the idea of 'Micro Industry'. I'll do so in my Pecha Kutcha talk of tonight. I'll do so within a week in the new site www.microscaleindustry.net.

And very shortly, I'll do it now. Realise and/or imagine: industry is about making things with specialised tools. Tools made or programmed for that purpose only. Yes, such tools, like robots and huge presses for forming car body parts, they are typical for industry.
But also smaller scale industry, like sweat shops use specialised tools. Think of the templates for cutting cloth, think of the 'tools' that is the sweatshop manager that knows all, while the worker knows only its own little part of the whole.

Now think of the position of that worker: always the same, all over the world: lowest pay and easiest disposal of the job. Not so nice this and a key problem at the root of deep poverty.
But on the other hand: industry makes such nice stuff: all shops filled with smart things! Undoable by hand, undoable without the organisations that is or was behind the initiative.
Now imagine that I found today a Social Franchise, that is an organisation that could do the R&D for things that could be made by poor people with what they have plus what they then still miss?

Then what would be missing:

  • the real smart design that has a proven value in the present market,
  • this design, not only smart and useful market-wise, but also very specially designed to be produces WITHOUT INVESTMENT THAT WOULD CAUSE RISK! That is the crucial difference. Industry uses the big tool of investment of capital. Poor people do not have that and poor people can not get at it, without great risk for later.
  • a way to assist poor producers that work independently through the support of my (new, still imaginary) Social Franchise.

So this is the first step: I show you at PK-night a design that is in line with the above. Nice, useful, it has a market, it has special innovative features. And -that's what I want to test soonest- with the templates and instructions that I prepared and make available on the web- poor people can start producing. For their own income, in the time they have, start with it when they like it, stop with it when a market is satisfied. Then start with something new that another Social Franchise will offer.

Will there be such 'other' Social Franchises? Yes, there are so many initiatives that might be succesful if they only get a good feedback from their 'Bottom of Pyramid'-producers.

This is a complex and many sides initiative. Similar as my foundation Demotech works up to now, also with new elements that could help a lot to be successful.

Imagine you were still a child, would you not like to read that exiting book after dark? That's what the NightReader is for! Demotech's first example of what a Social Franchise can achieve that promotes Micro Industry for countering deep Poverty.