Challenge[edit | edit source]
The developing world needs every tool it can get to alleviate poverty in ways that do not increase carbon emissions or further damage fragile environments. Western technologies often require considerable localization both technically and in terms of business models, and this does not usually form part of the companies business plan.
Solution[edit | edit source]
Natural Innovation, is developing a standardized Humanitarian License to reduce the overhead of a for-profit Western company or University licensing a technology to a social venture. It is intended to fill the same place for patents and Intellectual Property as the Creative Commons license fills for copyright.