This TED talk was quite different. Mr. Marishane is obviously a brilliant young man and has won many accolades to prove that. His determination to create this product, a bath without the use of water, is incredible. He researched using a simple cell phone and a highschool education how to create a product that hadn’t been tried before. Again on his cell phone, he wrote a business plan and a patent for this product. I know of very few people my age who would write a 40 page business plan on a laptop, but much less a cell that didn’t even have a qwerty keyboard. Mr. Marishane came up with a product that could truly make a difference in the lives of everyone around the world. He made a product that would make cleanliness more accessible to poor people and that could also help the rich conserve water usage. But even with this accomplishment, Marishane isn’t trying to pretend like that was his goal all along. He claims the idea came out of not wanting to take a bath. That kind of humility is amazing too. It makes me wonder what other ideas could come out of seemingly silly thoughts of people that wouldn’t have ever gotten a second glance by investors. But if one young man in South Africa could accomplish this innovation with little resources and a whole lot of drive, then what should stop others from using their ideas to benefit the world? Ludwick Marishane challenged his audience with that thought at the end of his talk, and I think it is definitely something to remember. I hope he gains support in his product, and I would love to see it become a mainstream amenity in developed nations for the health of the envionment and given as a resource for the health of people in developing areas.
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