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Clearing The Divide For Innovation
Divided We Stand
"As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest." - Nelson Mandela, read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/injustice.html
Innovation leads to the genesis of technology to assist humans in everyday life. One of the main criteria to enable these inventions to be created is collaboration between people. However, before the innovation and collaboration is started, the people must first learn to work together. It seems easy to us in the past, but was actually one of the most trivial questions of the past. At the Mohai (Museum of History and Industry) in Seattle, Washington, it was emphasized that equal treatment of all people of all background would greatly increase innovation. This started with the abolishment of slavery, then the many civil rights movements that continue till this day.
This equality and importance of treatment within collaboration for innovation is probably why Seattle is one of the greatest modern cities of inventing. Seattle can be referred to as a, "melting pot", of concepts, ethnicities and ideas because the ongoing liberal state of our city. Seattle is also the third most liberal state in all of the U.S. bringing more liberty to ideas and what's equal to people (from https://www.forbes.com/pictures/efke45jkjm/the-most-and-least-conse/#2d314104493d and https://alt.coxnewsweb.com/statesman/metro/081205libs.pdf).
Freedom of Speech
To collaborate with others we cannot solely rely on the voice and memory of others. With that, the freedom of speech that is an innate right of every human spreads ideas and different concepts amongst different people. During the 1800s, America faced its first and only Civil War, over power and the respect of African Americans. This was the most important and prevalent issue, but within that, this oppression suppressed people's ability to speak on certain topics. In 1867/68, after the Civil War, the first commercially used typewriter was invented by Christopher Sholes, Frank Hall, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel Soule. However, Sholes later disowned the invention as he felt like it was a failure. Still, the typewriter as a technology grew and gave the ability to everyone who could afford. Keeping in mind that it wasn't just for the upper class, to type out long pieces of works of all kinds. With this, books, poetry, and letters increased with the accessibility and if you were given the education to write and read, the easiness to type out what you want to say.
With this innovation, ideas and word spread throughout our nation. From religion, to moral beliefs, to even casual writing. In relation to, "clearing the divide", for the integration of equal rights and treatment for everyone within the USA, the typewriter gave more accessibility, professionalism in writing to everyone.
Ideas Taking Flight
With the generation of those ideas already on paper, to spread them faster than the ole' horse and carriage or cars is essential for invention collaboration. The first flight of the Boeing 247 was the first modern airliner for commercial use. This meant that for at a price, which was high, people could travel or use the planes to transport themselves or materials across the world much easier than on the ground. This made collaboration between people across the country, even the world was made much easier. Not just were the Boeing 247's used for civilian purposes, later in WW2, they were used as resource transportation and fighter pilot training planes.
Even though these modern airliners didn't bridge the gap between inequality. They did in a sense, "clear the divide", between the countries, and the world. Allowing equality in working and collaboration with others across all spectrums of backgrounds.
Death From Inefficiency (Custom Biomass Stoves)
"millions lives saved, millions of trees used as fuel still standing, and a new source of economic wealth in emerging countries" - from http://choosewashingtonstate.com/media-center/interactive-timelines/washington-innovations/
What else is important than actually uniting to collaborate is to give those who currently can't collaborate because of poverty or the need of survival support to give their ideas and concepts to the world. Within Vashon Island, Washington, Burn Design Lab with Peter Scott as the founder dreamt of a world where the problem of stove inefficiency, which was killing so many in economically developing countries from toxins and chemicals wasn't a problem at all. Poverty and lack of education can eliminate the hope and potential of a genius from a third world country, so it's important that all of us help where we can. With that in mind, the non-profit company was created to generate affordable, fuel efficient, and healthy cooking stoves for those who didn't. Their stoves, made in 2006, also use half the energy to create the same amount of heat as regular stoves, and are made with materials that are readily present within those countries as well.
Credits to Peter Scott and BURN Design Lab
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