November 19th, although you probably missed it, was World Toilet Day.
World Toilet Day’s objective is to raise global awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation.WTD also brings to the forefront the health, emotional and psychological consequences the poor endure as a result of inadequate sanitation.
We see it, of course, as YAIOPMAS (Yet Another Intersection Of Project Management And Sustainability). After all, the need to get 2.6 billion people access to sanitation will certainly yield projects and jobs for project managers, and the effort fits neatly into the “social” and “ecological” sustainability. Economic, ecological, and social – the three elements of sustainability.
So, if you’ll excuse our toilet-language analogy, we’re really talking about the triple bottom line.
Science Friday, a radio program from the US’ NPR network, recently covered this topic. And when we say ‘covered it’ we don’t mean that they put the seat down. We mean that they gave it interesting, fact-based, and detailed coverage. Coverage you’d like no matter who you are. But if you listen to it as a project manager, you should hear the sound of opportunity.
In fact, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is offering grants in the area of innovation for waste disposal. We suggest you have a look at this video:
The link to the Science Friday program is HERE.
If you’d like to see some of the project work that has already gone into this, have a look at this short video, showing one of the winners of the Gates grant:
In any case, hopefully this not only increased your awareness of how those many billions of people have issues about where to “go”, but also we’ve increased your awareness that project managers could have an active role in improving the situation.