The relationship between technology and social innovation is complex. Which one drives the other? Is technology really a silver bullet? Leap-frogging existing technologies to solve critical social and environmental problems can speed up international development, but there is often a point of diminishing returns.
The social enterprise Pollinate Energy have got the balance right – rapidly growing to impact thousands of Indian communities each month. Director and Co-Founder Alexie Seller will share what it took to get to this point and the new projects Pollinate Energy are working on to continue creating sustainable social and environmental impact with technology.
Join us to hear Alexie's story and learn how Pollinate Energy use technology to power their social innovation and international development.
About Alexie Seller
Alexie Seller, Co-Founder of Pollinate Energy, originally embarked upon a career in engineering, to fuel a ravenous need to understand how and why the world was the way it was. Whilst studying and working, Alexie spent her spare time working with under-privileged communities, working with orphaned or urban poor children across central America, teaching hip hop in the Christmas Island detention centres, and finally leading the Engineers Without Borders energy hub. It wasn’t going to be long before she would see these two worlds collide, and is now bringing her expertise in project management and engineering, along with valuable knowledge in the NGO sector, to support the growth of Pollinate Energy – a social enterprise bringing renewable energy to the urban poor.
About Pollinate Energy
Pollinate Energy is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to eradicate energy poverty by providing urban poor communities in India with access to sustainable energy technologies on micro-loans.