Free rice for those who need it, thanks to a Vietnamese rice ATM.
Finding humanity in a pandemic
When we started this research, we set out to conduct interviews and fieldwork to track how inclusive innovation is advancing productivity, and more broadly, striving to benefit society in Vietnam. Our fieldwork in 2019 revealed amazing examples of this happening around the country.
Since February 2020, our interviews have become virtual (usually conducted over Skype), and the focus of the innovators and social entrepreneurs we interview has shifted to stop the spread of the virus or to alleviate the social impact of lockdowns.
Over the past seven months, we’ve been struck by the range and speed of innovations, and awestruck by the people and companies who are working for the greater good. This pandemic is harrowing for all of us, and it’s important to stay up to date on daily figures on infections and deaths. But each interview we have conducted in Vietnam has also reminded us of humanity’s virtues. These heartening examples of solidarity can help us all get through this crisis.
This article was originally feature in The Conversation, you can read it here.
Free masks have been a significant feature of Vietnam’s coronavirus response. They are distributed with various means, from simple boxes, as shown, to remotely operated dispensers. Luong Thai Linh/EPA
BusMap uses government data to help people avoid COVID-19 hotspots in Danang. BusMap
Free rice for those who need it, thanks to a Vietnamese rice ATM. Luong Thai Linh/EPA