Billions in Change: Ideas That Will Save the World
Manoj Bhargava is the mastermind behind the energy drink, 5 Hour Energy. Unlike the majority of corporate minded individuals, he takes typical corporate ideologies and throws them out the window. Manoj once had a net worth of around $4 billion, but has since donated 90% of his wealth to charities and to developing ideas that will change the world as we know it.
Manoj Bhargava, who is one of the most brilliant philanthropist entrepreneurs in the world today, has this revolutionary stance:
“The solutions are here: great inventions that create clean energy, that make fresh water, that improve our health.”
In the documentary Billions in Change, Minoj’s concepts are completely spelled out.
He identifies a definitive need, or rather three areas of need. These are major issues the world is currently facing. They are answers to the issues of the clean energy crisis, long-term health, and shortages of water.
Ravi Sajwan, Chief Technical Officer of the medical project Renew states: “Our goal is to deliver products which can directly impact humanity.”
Currently 1.3 billion people are without any electricity. Those without access to electricity must burn wood or other materials to create heat and light. This is turn keeps them from progressing out of poverty and drastically pollutes the air.
Manoj and his team of engineers have created a perfect solution. Introducing project Free Electric.
This revolutionary design takes a streamlined approach. Project Free Electric uses hybrid bicycle design to generate electricity and store it in a battery for use all day. One hour of pedaling on the recumbent design equates to 24 hrs of electricity. This will bring the rest of the world with no access to electricity up to speed, rain or shine, night or day.
Billions in Change Solution: Free Electric Overview
Manoj plans to donate a thousand of these to areas of India with no access to electricity very soon. However, that’s just scratching the surface. Once the energy crisis is overted other large scale issues can be addressed. Such issues are the current views on healthcare, and ways to cast a large scale net of aid where it is needed most.
Proper blood circulation is a crucial element to longevity in health. The human body is able to properly defend itself against diseases when blood flows efficiently. In hindsight, when circulation is hindered health problems such as cancer, dementia, diabetes, blood pressure issues, and most commonly heart diseases can develop.
The medical engineering team working with Manoj has taken an approach to health that opposes modern healthcare. They plan to focus on prevention instead of treatment. Project Renew is a fundamental starting point for achieving long term good health.
Project Renew is what’s known as an external counter pulsation device (ECP). It can also be describes as an ‘auxiliary heart’.
Billions in Change Solution: Renew Overview
Overwhelming evidence exists that backs the fact that using an ECP makes people much more healthy. 300 published peer reviewed studies on the benefits of ECP have been posted but the idea never made it into the mainstream, until now. In simple terms, Renew enhances circulation. It’s nature with a technological twist. When people are healthier, they become stronger and there’s less disease.
Manoj puts it best: “The idea is not to treat illness, it’s to treat wellness. It’s to make wellness better, that’s how you treat illnesses”.
In the documentary Chief Scientist of A*Star, Sir David Lane adds:
“We tend to think of ourselves as being well or being ill, but the reality is that it’s a continuum. What we should be aiming for is great wellness and no illness. I think what we tend to do is think we’re well until we’re ill and that’s the wrong way around. We need to be thinking about maintaining health as a much more proactive process. Everybody wants a shortcut so maybe I take this vitamin and I’ll be better but what we need to do is think about fundamentals. So what is the fundamental? The fundamental is the blood, the circulation, the heart. So clearly poor circulation is the basis of a lot of illness.”
Additionally the HANS Foundation exists to distribute Manoj’s inventions to the areas that need it most. As all of these endeavors grow, the spectrum of those being positively affected grows. There is also a large scale plan in the works that involves building two hospitals in India in an obscure location without medical facilities.
With the recent intense droughts in California, water conservation has seen a huge amount of attention lately. At its most basic level, water is the world’s most fundamental resource. There is a constant need for high quality water, for use in agriculture and obviously for hydration purposes. Water is literally the most crucial substance for human survival.
Yet, the nearly 700 million people in the world still lack access to safe water. That’s where Majon’s brainchild,the Rain Maker, addresses a simple and direct need.
Rain Maker is a simplistic machine that simulates nature. It heats seawater until it becomes water vapor, takes the associated moisture into series of compartments. It then distills the vapor and the end product is clean water. It’s that simple.
Billions in Change Solution: Rain Maker Overview
The simplicity of Rain Maker is perhaps the most brilliant thing about it. There are no consumable parts, no filters, no screens, and no parts that need to be constantly replaced. Rain Maker seamlessly created 1000 gallons of drinkable water per hour out of seawater. That equates to about 17 gallons of water per minute!
What’s even more remarkable is that Rain Maker creates any level of purified water. Current machines are still too salty for agricultural use, but Rain Maker doesn’t even stop there. The hope is that the machine will soon be able to turn salt water into pharmaceutical grade water at the same impressive rate.
These machines have a cookie-cutter design which makes it easy to mass produce them. The long term goal is to be able to fill barges with thousands upon thousands of Rain Makers which will be able to constantly create fresh water in areas of the world that are in need.
The evolution of sustainability is something that is always progressing. That is precisely what Manoj and his incredible team plan to accomplish. They are generating a progressive movement. These ideas are simple at their cores and work full circle, as are the rest of Manoj’s ideas, but they transcend and in turn will widely benefit humanity.
Ravi Sajwan ties everything together by saying “A single person with a small team can affect close to 5 billion people.”
Be sure to watch Billions in Change in its entirety.
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