Today was another great day here in Ireland.
We had a short class this morning to exercise a quick case study. Dr. Lada gave us a case study about the PlayPump, an invention created in the early 2000s to help provide clean water to impoverished African communities. The PlayPump was a merry-go-round that children would play with to pump 2,500 liters of clean water to a reservoir for their own community. In theory, it sounded like a great idea; philanthropists donated millions of dollars to construct PlayPumps across Africa.
However, they did not function the way they were expected. PlayPumps were barely used by children. Therefore, mothers would have to try and pump the water themselves. The PlayPumps were installed in place of original water wells. Unfortunately, they were harder to pump and pumped water at a rate lower than the old, original pumps. Conclusively, PlayPumps were an absolute failure, and lead to worse conditions for communities.
Dr. Lada explained that companies do not always have the effect that the media makes them out to be. Philanthropists and advertisements can make any idea sound fantastic, but the most important feedback is from the user of any type of product. Also, we learned about how essential communication is in the workforce amongst different workers in the totem pole; philanthropists, engineers, and villagers all have an important say and need to have equal input in solutions for clean water. Communication is essential for every innovation.
This morning, we ventured to the Irish Modern Art Museum. The Irish Modern Art Museum was very interesting. There was one specific feature that simply featured folded canvas. At times, I was very confused and could not understand how some things were considered artwork.
Afterward, we took a walk through the park surrounding the museum. It was very calming; it was a great way to soak in the sun and take a breath of nice, Irish air.
The museum was really vacant, and it seemed to me that art museums art not as popular as they are in America. Not only were there no people throughout the entire museum, but admission was absolutely free. Therefore, the art and the exhibits are either voluntary or subsidized by the government. There is no demand to see the exhibits.
Personally, I am a fan of other types of art, and not modern art, per say.
After the Museum of Modern Art, we went to the Trinity College Library and saw the Book of Kells. While the tour was quick, the library was beautiful and made me reflect back on how important books and literature have been for the creation of mankind.
Tomorrow, we meet more businesses in the Docklands. I am excited to get back into the business mindset and see how Irish companies communicate and deliver effective products to their clients.