Bringing charcoal briquette producers together to become more informed ambassadors for sustainable fuels
MIT D-Lab is working with The Charcoal Project to host a five-day convening for a small group of charcoal briquette producers. The Advancing Sustainable cHarcoal Enterprises at Scale (AScHES) convening will be held in Naivasha, Kenya from October 1 to 5, 2018.
In communities around the world, entrepreneurs are producing fuel briquettes from waste as an alternative to wood-derived charcoal. With many organizations involved, there is a need to coordinate and formalize as a sector. Some organizations struggle with challenges that others have succeeded in overcoming. However, there are few opportunities for exchanging approaches and experiences, and there is a need for alignment in measuring and reporting impact to attract more support for this sector.
We hope to strengthen the charcoal briquette sector by bringing people together to become more informed ambassadors for sustainable fuels, with knowledge and inspiration for advancing their technology and business, and to cultivate a community of practice so that briquette businesses can be more sustainable and communities can be served with better products.
Goals of AScHES
- Cultivate the community of at-scale charcoal briquette producers for an exchange of knowledge and best practices and formation of new partnerships.
- Equip charcoal briquette producers to be more informed micro-ambassadors for a formalized and connected industry.
- (Re)Inspire charcoal briquette producers with new ideas and tools for alternative business models, entrepreneurship skills, leadership skills, and production methods.
What do we expect after the convening?
At AScHES 2018, participants will co-design our community of practice. A community of practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. After the convening, the AScHES community will gather regularly, to share information in response to our community's needs, including facilitated sharing of new advances, best practices, guest speakers, and updates from working groups. We expect participants to bring new ideas to the table that unify the community of practice and provide more producers with access to knowledge. We hope the convening will catalyze useful collaborations and initiatives between participant organizations as well as with MIT D-Lab and the Charcoal Project.
How can I be involved in AScHES if I cannot attend the convening?
If you are unable to attend the AScHES convening, we would still like to keep you involved and updated in the community of practice. Please send an email here and we will add you to the listserve.