Developer: Frontier, Microsoft Studios
Collins grew up in rural, apartheid-era South Africa in the 1970s. Her childhood inspired her to focus on empowering women living below the poverty line through grassroots efforts. The Wonderbag, which was inspired by watching her grandmother cook with cushions, uses heat retention technology to cook food for 8-12 hours without the need for additional fuel. Collins witnessed the benefits African women received from using Wonderbags, reducing the amount of time they spent collecting firewood. For every bag sold, another is donated to a household in Africa, and in the past four years, the Wonderbags have found themselves in 600,000 African homes. Collins has launched the Wonderbag in the U.S. on Amazon, and hopes to sell the products via other retailers by 2014.
Addressing the environment is Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, CEU Professor and Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, along with Luis Gómez-Echeverri, Senior Research Scholar at IIASA. Taking on the economic angle is CEU Visiting Professor Dora Piroska and Matthias Thiemann from Sciences Po.
This discussion will be moderated by Andrew Solomon, former head of natural history and history at ORF, and editor of UNIVERSUM.
Since February 2019, CEU’s Borderless Knowledge series features CEU professors, leading Hungarian experts and well-known public figures discussing recent scientific findings and their direct impact on contemporary life. Previous talks from the series have covered topics of the pandemic’s preventability, imminent financial crisis, archeological mysteries, global warming, networks and research on childhood cognitive development.