In Ethiopia, like many desert countries, villagers walk miles every day to get their water. But an Italian designer, cofounder of Architecture and Vision, is changing that. His solution is simple, it creates local jobs, and provides clean water via an invention he names WarkaWater, after the local warka trees.
WarkaWater are towers about 25 feet high fashioned from bamboo and fabric and they collect water every night as it condenses, up to 100 litres per day.
You can imagine the difference this technology makes in the lives of villagers. What’s interesting is that the water was always there! It just needed to be gathered.
How symbolic. So many resources are readily available yet ignored. The sun, for one. How could early energy pioneers have missed it? It’s rather obvious, up there in the sky! Another contender for Elephant in the Room of the Millennia? Women’s leadership.
Women have wombs! They know about creating as an experience. But that doesn’t seem to count. In fact, there was a tv discussion years ago on childbirth where a woman in the audience pointed out that every panelist was a man!
While women have wombs and know something about giving birth, at least those who have had children, all of us have a feminine aspect to our being. We’re all equipped to “birth,” and there’s something ready to be born in every moment through our thoughts, words, and actions.
This Italian designer had an idea and birthed his Warkawater technology. What’s gestating in us that might likewise emerge to help others? It doesn’t need to be dramatic, in fact most of our available resources will contribute to simple expressions of compassion, appreciation… whatever the moment and those around us may require.
Helping others is an admirable quality that we can celebrate in gentlemen like this one, but it’s the essence of who we all are.