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This is Research; Tranum: CleanCube Project

Tranum, Sarah This is Research; Tranum: CleanCube Project. OCAD University Office of Research & Innovation.

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The CleanCube Project is built on a holistic model designed to provide an accessible, affordable source of clean water to people who need it most.
Currently in the prototype stage, the CleanCube product is a dissolvable cube made of natural plant-based material that can be added to stored drinking water to kill 100% of E. coli bacteria. This product is part of a larger system that includes small batch production, community-based education, alternative marketing and distribution strategies, and appropriate pricing that fit the realities of CleanCube’s target users.

The image on the left above is from a community-based education event. The CleanCube research team developed a narrated story that was projected onto a backdrop. Using storytelling, music, traditional dance, and magic tricks, the success of this pilot event proved that this approach is a powerful medium for education and capacity building within the community.
The image on the right above is from a children’s activity book created based on this same story. The book is part the CleanCube Ambassador Kit. Meeting with women in their homes, Ambassadors demonstrate safe water handling practices including how to use the CleanCube product to remove bacteria from water. Ambassadors connect daily water usage to sacred traditions and underscore the importance of clean water.

The goal of this systems approach is to create a fully sustainable model that can create social and economic impact. The CleanCube model is designed to reflect the local community while also allowing to be adapted and implemented in other communities to order reach measurable scale over the long term.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: community based education, clean water, women's empowerment, systems design, participatory design, human-centered design
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 21:35
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 21:30
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2924

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