People who are elderly, poor, or not white have new ideas too


Those of us who are poor, disabled, or from a minority race or ethnic background have valuable insights. Too often, however, we miss the potential to translate them into new solutions – what I like to call “innovation from the margins.”

Disabled activists and their allies protested this injustice, and since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has mandated that all public buildings have entrances that are accessible to everyone. There’s more at stake here than just offering new ways to help those less fortunate in our society. Take the case of Aurolab in India. They tackled avoidable blindness, which affects millions mostly due to cataracts, by developing affordable treatments and technologies.

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