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One Earth Designs Aims to Save a Billion Lives

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One Earth Designs CEO Scot Frank tells host Sarah Todd the story of his decision to develop a solar powered cooker to help save a potential billion lives in China, India and Southeast Asia. Rural villagers in these areas have no access to electricity and many are dying of pollution from the solid fuels they must use. One Earth's SolSource solar cooker weighs about 20kg and can boil a quart of water in 10 minutes. Costs for rural villagers the company targets will be largely supplemented by government and other organizations.

While it started as a nonprofit, One Earth leaders Scot Frank and Catlin Powers quickly realized that to reach the huge areas they were targeting, a for-profit model was needed to sustain outreach. If it meets it goal of $45 million in sales within just a few years, One Earth Designs could save almost a billion lives with its products. Since its founding,

One Earth Designs’ work has been recognized by the Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, MIT $100k Competition, Clinton Global Initiative, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Yunus Innovation Challenge.

Scot also discusses his evolution as a leader of social change enterprises.  His designs have won many prestigious awards for innovation since  he graduated from MIT as an electrical engineer. He holds three patents, has founded three companies, and worked in IBM’s India Research Laboratory, led MIT Development Lab’s China program, administered the MIT Global Village Project, and advised on renewable energy projects for the Clinton Global Initiative and Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room. He has been listed by Forbes as a 30 under 30 entrepreneur. 

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