Providing Win / Win Energy Solutions in Rwanda

By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Electrical energy is something that is difficult to imagine life without in a first world country, because so much of our daily lives revolve around machines that use it. Computers, phones and light-bulbs all require it and we need countless other hidden electrical machines to live our comfortable lives.

Developing nations like Rwanda also need energy and with global warming a threat to everyone, the challenge is to get nations like Rwanda electrical energy without adding to the problem of a warmer climate. This is where projects using renewable energy are important in the balance of energy supplies.

This article from Virgin shows the work that is currently being done in Rwanda and it shows how legends are always looking for win / win opportunities. The article's author Kelly Carlin explains;

"It [the energy solution] needs to be both low cost and sustainable for their sake and for the world’s sake."

For example, renewable energy is now becoming not just a nice method of supplementing the main electricity distribution network but it is actually the preferred choice for rural villages. The falling cost of batteries and solar technology now means that it is cheaper to provide the renewable solution than to extend the traditional grid. This is showing that there is a win for the environment as well as for the people in these communities.

How do you think win-win like a legend?

"Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying. We both get to eat the pie, and it tastes pretty darn good!" 

- Stephen R. Covey, Author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The main thing is to focus on what is best for everyone. There is little point in helping a nation to build a power supply that also ruins the planet for the people it is supplying! This is the type of thinking that legends like Richard Branson and Elon Musk have developed over the years and why they have so many companies that work together. For example; Mr Musk started Tesla electric car company to prove that electric cars are practical and has launched the energy company Solar City. Both these companies combine their aims to provide motorists with virtually free travel. Thinking about what solution is best to support everyone is what leads to discussions with many different organisations to make sure that the benefits to everyone are clear and uncompromised.

If you'd like to apply and find the 'wins for everyone' in a challenge you have, then have a read of chapter 4, 'Think Win-Win or No Deal' in Stephen R. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

If you need help in applying it to your life, then email me here...


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