US philanthropist aims to build 1 million Toilets
The number of US philanthropists with a passion for sanitation has now doubled. Following in the footsteps of Bill Gates who launched Reinventing the Toilet, “Chief Toilet Hacker” John Kluge aims to provide 1 million toilets in the developing world. To kick-start this endeavour, Eirene, a company that Kluge co-founded with fellow toilet hacker, Michael TS Lindenmayer, is launching a global Sanitation Hackathon in December 2012.
For the Sanitation Hackathon, Eirene is teaming up with the World Bank’s Water Practice and ICT unit and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), which hosted the successful Water Hackathon in October 2011. Other partners supporting this initiative include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gensler, IDEO.org and Columbia University.
At least 1,000 toilet hackers from across 9 countries are expected to join in.
We have dug into the problem at the most local level and have asked some of the greatest global minds to also tackle the issue as well. These toilet hackers come from allkinds of backgrounds. Engineers, material scientists all theway to street artists, micro-entrepreneurs and inventors ofall stripes are all becoming toilet hackers.
Forbes has identified John Kluge (29) as one of“philanthropy’s up-and-coming faces”. He is the adoptedson of John Kluge Sr., “once the richest man in America,and is is committed to ensuring 95% of his late father’sassets go towards philanthropy”. His company Eirenefocuses on tackling problems like sanitation that affect atleast 1 billion people. Kluge is also a resident fellow at theEastWest Institute and a member of UNICEF USA’s Next Generation Steering Committee.