Mitra Ardron's Natural Innovation blog
Hi, and welcome to my website - a place where I've collected writings both current and past.
I work at the interfaces of Sustainability, Community and Technology.
I'm passionate about sustainability at scale; about taking solutions to those less able to afford it; and in particular in developing countries. Currently that means supporting Innovators working in, and for, developing countries through Natural Innovation .org.
In the past that has included building a solar company that pioneered large scale community purchasing in Australia, and co-founding the Association for Progressive Communications.
I am the Executive Director of Natural Innovation .org
Natural Innovation works to support & mentor innovators in, or focused on, developing countries. To help them get their idea completed, and scalably distributed.
I started this because I realised that the best ideas weren't able to raise finance, typically because the idea was unprotectable, or their market was poor, or they were based in developing countries. Venture capital wouldn't touch them because the profit didn't justify the risk, and philanthropic money wasn't prepared to take a technical risk.
While Natural Innovation .org is my main project, I've always got a few other things I'm involved with.
These currently include business development advice to Urban Ecological Systems and Consulting on clean tech investments and strategic planning for clean tech companies.
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I write an occasional blog about topics that I find interesting. Including: Clean Tech; Renewables; Climate change; etc - Most of my briefer and newer writing takes place there.
Contact information for Mitra Ardron
After a long stable spell in San Francisco and Berkeley I'm traveling again from Mar 13 to early May.
- Cambodia 15-21 Mar mostly Phnom Penh but couple of days spare at end.
- India: 22mar-19apr: Kolkata 22nd; Delhi &/or Jaipur 23 till about 27th; Bangalore 28-29; Chennai 30; Auroville 31mar-8apr; Mumbai 17-18apr;
- Zambia ~ 21st April - how long for is not determined, but maybe a week then a week in Kenya or might be shorter.
The easiest way to reach me is almost always email to
Since I travel a lot I use a local phone number in most countries, so I have quite a few phone numbers.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 12:23
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