Innovation, The Thirsty Crow, and Micro Drip
[This is summary of my presentation at Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Summit (YLES) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Jan 21, 2010. The theme of the summit was Sustainopreneurship and I presented story of Micro Drip – one of Acumen Fund’s portfolio companies. I’m part of Micro Drip team working on market development project]
Innovation means new answers to old questions. And Micro Drip is providing the innovative answer to this centuries old question of survival and prosperity.
Let me tell you a story to explain what I mean. But first tell me if you have heard the story of The Thirsty Crow?
Well, I’m going to tell you the story of the crow’s great grandson. He is searching for water in a hot summer noon. And he finds a jug with very little water and lots of stones. Obviously so, because all his grandfathers have been drinking and throwing stones in this same jug. So this crow too, following his grandfathers, brings some stones and puts them in the jug. The stones drink whatever the little water was left in the jug and crow dies thirsty.
Point is that dynamics of a problem change over time and so should solution.
Continuously sinking aquifer is a clear signal that water in this jug is becoming less and less. To which farmers respond by throwing the stones of more tubewells. They are deepening their bore wells to pump from the aquifer. They are not far from facing Thar like situation where the tubewells are sometimes run for only few minutes a day because there is not enough water underground. And this would be the stage where crow may die thirsty.