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TEDxGateway - Illac Diaz - Can we change the world using a plastic bottle?

lllac Diaz is an entrepreneur working in the ASEAN region empowering communities through the use of sustainable construction and appropriate technologies.Through the MyShelter Foundation, several pioneering programs in the country in rammed earth, bamboo, and PET plastic bottle construction. Because of these works, he has been awarded the Ernst and Young Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year (Phil) , Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the world by the Jaycees International. In Manila's poorest districts, a revolution in zero-energy grassroots lighting is taking place. Beginning with one solar bottle light in April 2011, the program of MyShelter Foundation has now installed more than 15,000 solar bulbs in 20 cities around the country saving already millions of pesos to the beneficiary with savings off their electricity bills. The best part is the foundation produces very little of the production of the bulbs as its made in the community, by the community themselves out of waste that is normally thrown away. ---In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)http://www.tedxgateway.comhttp://www.ted.com
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