Rating

8

Qualities

  • Eye Opening
  • Concrete Examples
  • Inspiring

Recommendation

A scrapyard, the graveyard for society’s devices, may seem like an unlikely place for innovation to flourish, but as designer D.K. Osseo-Asare explains in vivid detail, Ghana’s Agbogbloshie scrapyard is home to savvy “urban miners” who salvage precious parts and materials, tinker with them, and develop something altogether new. Osseo-Asare co-designed a social project that fosters scrapyard innovation and connects supply to demand. getAbstract recommends his story to innovators seeking new sources of inspiration.

Summary

Accra, Ghana’s capital city, is home to the infamous Agbogbloshie scrapyard. The media frequently depict it as a place where scavengers pollute the environment, for example, by burning Styrofoam and rubber tires to salvage parts and metals from used goods. While that does happen, it’s not the whole story. People here engage in “urban mining” to recover parts and metals from discarded goods. Piles of waste are so rich in precious materials that mining a scrapyard is much more lucrative and efficient than mining the earth. The salvagers supply parts and components to the thousands of technicians across ...

About the Speaker

D.K. Osseo-Asare, co-founder of Ashesi Design Lab, develops innovation centers in resource-constrained places.


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