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Mothers of Invention: D.C. Greens

Toyota and Women in the World honor Lauren Shweder Biel, co-founder of the D.C. Greens, as a Mother of Invention.

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Making the Change They Want to See

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The 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention honorees redefine innovation and entrepreneurial spirit with creative responses to natural-disaster relief and inner-city issues.

Even though the 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention may lead very different lives, they are all master problem solvers.This year’s Women in the World Summit brought together big names from around the globe dedicated to shaking up politics, nonprofit and media. But everyday women like the Mothers of Invention continue to prove that sometimes all it takes is a simple idea to incite change.“The summit has shown us that there continues to be no shortages of challenges in the world today, ones that transcend gender, ethnicity, age, nationality and race,” said Flaurel English, vice president of marketing for Toyota.

Light Em Up

LuminAID: Toyota Studio

Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, cofounders of LuminAID Lab, show off their solar-powered inflatable light, an innovative illumination solution born out of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Soccket Mom

Jessica Matthews: Toyota Studio

Jessica Matthews really harnesses the power of play. Here, the founder and CEO of Uncharted Play demonstrates a jump-rope and soccer ball that convert kinetic energy to electricity.

Getting There

Asenath Andrews: Toyota Studio

Thanks to Asenath Andrews, principal and founder of the Catherine Ferguson Academy, young mothers can thrive and become educated, a chance she had as a first-generation college student.

Day One’s Alchemy

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Addressing one of the most-pressing issues of disaster relief, Tricia Compas-Markham gets it done. Elizabeth Barr reports from the Women In the World Summit in New York.

What began as Tricia Compas-Markman’s thesis at CalPoly has become a major, viable breakthrough in disaster relief. After a tsunami hit Japan and Katrina slammed the states in 2005, the then-civil engineering student began exploring methods for quicker and more-efficient means of delivering clean water to victims of disaster. She knew Proctor & Gamble had created a robust water-purifying system in a portable powder, yet gathering and transporting the water to those in need remained a challenge.

H2O YEAH

Fresh Water: Toyota Studio

Tricia Campos-Markman, founder and CEO of DayOne Response, Inc., demonstrates her revolutionary new Waterbag, which is currently filtering water in crisis areas around the world.

Science!

Day One Response Performs Alchemy

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Addressing one of the most-pressing issues of disaster relief, Day One Response gets clean water to victims.

What began as Tricia Compas-Markman’s thesis at CalPoly has become a major, viable breakthrough in disaster relief. After the world had seen a tsunami hit Japan and Katrina hit the states in 2005, the then civil engineering student began exploring methods for quicker and more efficient means of delivering clean water to victims of disaster. She knew Proctor & Gamble had created a robust water-purifying system in a portable powder, yet gathering and transporting the water to those in need remained a challenge.

DayOne Tackles Disaster Relief

Toyota and Women in the World honor Tricia Compas-Markman, CEO of Day One Response and co-inventor of the DayOne Waterbag, as a Mother of Invention.

LETTUCE UNITE

DC Greens: Toyota Studio

Executive Director and Cofounder of DC Greens stopped by the studio with actress Maggie Gyllenhaal to talk about making communities healthier and raising awareness for the cause.

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Mothers of Invention: LuminAID

Toyota and Women in the World honor Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, co-founders of the LuminAid disaster-relief lights, as Mothers of Invention.

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Disaster Relief, Refreshed

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Tricia Compas-Markman tackled the biggest challenge of disaster relief. For that, she's honored by Toyota and Women in the World as a Mothers of Invention.

In times of disaster, clean drinking water becomes a rarity, but a necessity. Engineer and designer Patricia Compas-Markman dedicates her work to addressing this need, innovating technology that will give disaster victims, soldiers, or anyone in distress with purified water. As a part of with Engineers Without Borders, she worked on creating water treatment system for a rural village in Thailand.It was 2005, a tsunami had struck South Asia and Hurricane Katrina hit the U.

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D.C. Schools Get a Green Thumb

Locally grown food isn’t just for the Washington elite. D.C. Greens is shaking up the sustainability game by educating classrooms on all things nutrition.

For proof that necessity truly is the mother of invention, look no further than D.C. Greens. The community-driven strategy behind the Washington, D.C.-based organization brings families what they are sorely missing—healthy, sustainable, and affordable nutrition. Executive director and co-founder Lauren Shweder Biel first took note of the abominable obesity statistics for D.C. youth in 2009, but also saw all of the functional, farmable land and farmers’ markets around the District, and wondered: why the disconnect? With D.

Women in the World: Chicago

Leymah Gbowee Speaks at WITW

Replay our live interview with the Liberian firebrand from today's Women in the World: Chicago. Also, meet two female inventors who are bringing light to the powerless, and a Chicago woman changing a neighborhood, one punch at a time.

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LuminAID Brightens In The Darkest Hours

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When a class project turns into a product that helps when infrastructure fails

Anna Stark beams when describing LuminAID, an inflatable and rechargeable light source she and fellow architecture classmate Andrea Sreshta invented as a class project. "I think innovation is synonymous with impact," she says, and by her definition, LuminAID has exceeded all expectations. The lightbulb first went on after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Stark and Sreshta recognized that most disaster-relief aid focused on providing shelter and food, leaving victims in the dark.

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Leymah Gbowee Wows Chicago

Leymah Gbowee 's fearlessness has shaped her country's history. The Nobel Peace Prize winner recalled the horrific conditions she faced during the Second Liberian War. View photos from the Chicago salon.

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Giving New Meaning to 'Girl Power'

These women have built social networks, developed schools, and designed energy-generating soccer balls. What global issues are these Mothers of Invention tackling next?

DayOne Tackles Disaster Relief

Toyota and Women in the World honor Tricia Compas-Markman, CEO of Day One Response and co-inventor of the DayOne Waterbag, as a Mother of Invention.