Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Escape Pods for Humanity
Explain your idea in details:
EPs are a new type of vehicle/shelter, based on the following parameters: - A simple, battery-powered vehicle for one person that converts into an enclosed cot sized area for sleeping. - Light-weight tubular frame similar to a bicycle with 3-4 wheels for stability. - Solar panel roof enables self-recharge capability. - Estimated Cost $1000 to $5000 each - Weather tight against wind and rain. - Sleeps one adult comfortably dry. - USB recharging for portable electronics. - Enhanced Security. The vehicle can be locked and secured. - Durability each unit should remain serviceable for at least one year. - Available space to optionally include a portable toilet at the user/owner's discretion. - Top speed limited for safety. - No license required to operate. - Optionally EPs should be collapsible to minimize dimensions for easy shipping to Disaster Areas. - Optionally tracking devices could be installed to encourage theft reduction and to facilitate management and oversight of large numbers of EPs. EPs provide: TRANSPORTATION for One Person plus some possessions. ACCOMMODATION a dry, comfortable place for 1 adult to SLEEP and SIT. ELECTRICITY The ability to power personal electronics. PHYSICAL SECURITY- Increased personal safety while sleeping. ECONOMIC SECURITY - Personal items can be secured. (a BIG PLUS for us homeless).
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Wherever there is sun... Wherever there are homeless souls... Wherever there are disasters displacing human beings... Escape Pods for Humanity can not only save lives, enhance security, provide electricity and transportation - they can restore human dignity. People, no matter how poor, can have a home of their own, decorate it to their tastes and move as their needs dictate without asking anyone's permission - Freedom! Building Bridges between people on the move and neighbors With acceptance and infrastructure in place, many Young Urban Professionals will also choose to live at least part-time in similar, independently produced, upgraded versions. Avoiding the commute, many YUPs will spend some overnights in the city, returning to their homes only on weekends. This will reduce congested commutes and blur the lines between housed and homeless. This will reduce the stigma of homelessness and promote a minimalist, less resource intensive lifestyle. This is a humane solution for the chronically homeless that costs far less than any other proposed solution. For less than 5k per person per year, many homeless people can be provided shelter, transportation, security and freedom of movement. These pods are ideal for disaster areas where transportation, electricity, accommodation and personal security are effected. These pods also provide an option for a more minimalist lifestyle for those not experiencing emergency or homeless issues, such as Young Urban Professionals looking to live cheaper, simpler, less resource intensive lives.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Implementation is relatively simple. Host a design competition. Select a design appropriate for the intended climate. Give one to every homeless person capable of benefiting from it. Escape Pods also provide emergency temporary housing, transportation & independent power sources in disaster areas.
About me Gary Frans At the age of 19, I became an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. I learned to love being able to carry everything I needed on my back. I never had a home, but I never felt homeless. In my 30's, I was a computer guru and was very successful. In my 40's something went wrong. I suffered a debilitating mental illness. I was unable to work. My life fell apart and I became homeless. I am now 59 and have been living on the street, the lowest level of homelessness, for many years. I do not want to even begin to describe the horrors, the debasement and devaluation I have endured. I know what homeless people need. Transportation without a ticket taker. Accommodation without a minder deciding our hours. A safe place to secure our meager possessions. The freedom to move away from bad neighbors Contact Information Gary Frans No phone No address Email: [email protected]