Petra Zlatevska
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Let it shine: how a hand-held LED solar lamp is bringing light to the billions without it

Berlin, Germany Cultural March 3 @ 7:54am

Berlin-based Icelandic artist and former WEF speaker Olafur Eliasson is adamant that art is a form of activism. At the 2012 Davos World Economic Forum in 2012 he spoke about how through the launch of Little Sun, a high-quality solar-powered LED lamp which Eliasson co-designed with Danish engineer Frederik Ottesen, he hopes to bring power to the 1.2 billion people around the world without it.

Through an interview with Little Sun's creator and artist, this story focuses on some success stories since its 2012 launch. There are now over 210,000 lamps that have been sold and distributed worldwide. Of those, over 85,000 have already been delivered to off-grid areas (places without electricity), specifically in the key eight African countries with local distribution partners: Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa. There’s also retail outlets and online shops in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Little Sun is perhaps one of the world’s most successful examples of that untapped intersection between art, business and social business.
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