Promoting a specific way of saving energy may prove to be successful within an area or community, while other areas prefer a different approach of accomplishing the same goals within their specific areas. An example is the October 5, 2012 Science Magazine’s Policy Forum article in regards to various examples of active participants of energy providers and consumers for both off-grid and on-grid production within the 10 Asian countries, through various program and incentives, which goal is to assist approximately 4 billion of the world’s population living with lack of access to modern energy. Also delineated was that off-grid domestic energy production include solar and other renewable energy sources or through wood, charcoal, and dung. Once energy provider and consumer relationship has proved to be fruitful and successful, the local population provider and consumer have been quite focused on promoting the same design principles of delivering and receiving energy. Thus, energy generation within the countries varied, with each community promoting their own success.
Perhaps the 10 Asian countries can organize a working conference to explore the commonalities and successes of their various approaches in regards to off-grid energy usage. Also, this working conference can focus on establishing credibility of the most productive and successful off-grid energy approach. As Mo Ibrahim wrote in his article in this month’s Harvard Business Review drawing his experiences in establishing his telecom company, Celtel, in Uganda, Africa, within the world’s poorest continent, he was successful through the support of the Africa Union. Solid credibility, stability, and protection afforded the CEO of Celtel through a network of support from Africa Union and various members of Celtel’s board from various parts of the continent such as Tanzania, thus ensuring that the corporate operations focused on best corporate practices and common goals, and not lose hold on this focus.
Back to the off-grid energy usage in the 10 Asian countries as described in Science, drawing on examples of Ibrahim’s networking with various other professionals, perhaps the 10 Asian countries could form Off-Grid Energy Usage with delegations meeting for a working conference in order to compare and contrast successes. Through this avenue, each group can continue to promote their own pride and joy in order to establish commonalities within successful energy harnessing within continuous, stable, and most efficient method with no pollution.
This working conference will allow the 10 Asian countries to come up with their own map of success. As Moysidis mentioned in her article titled, “Setting Sail Without A Map” published on Women 2.0 website on October 9, 2012, the gut is an excellent starting point in setting sail in order to navigate the uncharted waters within the specific area currently in. Also Ibrahim has successfully demonstrated this through the successful start-up and growth of Celtel since 1998, despite lack of support due to history of African countries succumbing to corruption and political instability. Ibrahim followed his gut in 1998 and depended on his network within the business communities across various African Countries within the Africa Union. This similar approach can support Sovacool’s article since the communities within the 10 Asian Countries have followed their guts in devising the best off-grid energy deliverables for their areas. It’s time to move this up to the next level, which is unification and education.
Ibrahim, Mo. Celtel’s Founder on Building a Business on the World’s Poorest Continent. Harvard Business Review. October 2012 (accessed October 10, 2012) http://hbr.org/2012/10/celtels-founder-on-building-a-business-on-the-worlds-poorest-continent/ar/1
Moysidis, Nayia. Setting Sail Without A Map. Women 2.0 Published on: October 9, 2012 (accessed October 9, 2012) http://www.women2.com/setting-sail-without-a-map/
Sovacool, Benjamin K. Deploying Off-Grid Technology to Eradicate Energy Poverty. Science. 5 October 2012: 47-48 (accessed October 4, 2012) http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6103/47.full.pdf