503: Jasmine Burton: Changing The Sanitation Of The World
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is tackling something that so many people would have ignored, or left for someone else to do.
Tackling the worlds water and sanitation issues.
In 2014, her senior design team won the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize Competition, the largest undergraduate invention competition in the United States, for their design of an inexpensive mobile toilet, SafiChoo.
And along side her team at WishWash she has taken her specific design passion, and set out to improve women’s health by means of redesigning WASH infrastructure (such as toilets and menstrual hygiene products) in and for the low income communities of the world.
As according to UNICEF, 2.6 billion people lack hygienic sanitation facilities and 768 million people drink unsafe drinking water and, of these people, women and girls are disproportionately burdened by poor sanitation and water inequities.
Big bold movements towards a better way of living for so many people.
But it wasn’t always plan sailing, and as she says openly “Over the past few years, I have struggled to find my place in the fight for social justice. I have always been angered by unfairness and injustices and, in the back of my mind, I thought that I would evolve into a radical and fearless protesting activist; however, when the time came for me to consciously take strides in defining my role in this space, I was paralyzed by fear and, quite frankly, embarrassment.”
She was trapped by smallness of thinking, and smallness of actions.
But unlike so many people she found her way through the issues and now is becoming more of who she was born to be.
She is an activist, a campaigner, and lady who loves to inspire and be inspired by a world that so many of us ignore on a daily basis.
So how did she first come up with the design, and knew it was good enough to persist with even when the obstacles came her way?
And looking back, was there a key moment that allowed her to stop acting small, and become the biggest version of herself she could be?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jasmine Burton
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jasmine Burton such as:
Why the ability to connect with people on a human level is so powerful to create success in ones life.
How the creativity that she felt as a very small girl doodling, and drawing whilst laying on the floor has become the key to what lights her up inside as an adult.
Why she realised that she didn’t want to be someone that was going to be adding to the refill sites of the world, and had to design something that would be evergreen.
How she battles everyday with the concerns that her actions are not enough. There are millions of people that need her help and is she making a big enough difference.
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