Inveterate tinkerer Peter Haas is the co-founder of AIDG, the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which connect people to electricity, sanitation and clean water through a combination of business incubation, education, and outreach.

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In 2005, Peter Haas co-founded AIDG -- the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group -- an organization helping individuals and communities get affordable and environmentally sound access to electricity, sanitation and clean water through a combination of business incubation, education, and outreach. (Also on the board: TED Best-of-the-Web star Cat Laine.) Since co-founding AIDG, Haas has become an active voice for poverty issues, speaking at the World Bank, Harvard, MIT and other forums on technology, entrepreneurship and SME finance. He was named a TEDGlobal Fellow in 2009 and is now part of the three-year TED Senior Fellows program.

Before founding AIDG, Haas worked both in the information technology field and on an organic farm and horse ranch doing infrastructure improvement work. He tinkers in water systems, electrical systems, electronic systems, masonry, plumbing, biogas, irrigation, welding, metal casting and sustainable building.

Peter Haas’ TED talk

Peter Haas on the TED Blog

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Time for change in Haiti: TED Senior fellow Peter Haas responds

January 13, 2012

On the TED Fellows Blog today, TED Senior Fellow Peter Haas writes this powerful essay, considering the two-year anniversary of the deadly Haiti earthquake. The National Palace is still in ruins 2 years on. Photo Credit: Cat Laine – http://www.paintedfoot.com Today is the two-year anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and I wanted to […]

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Quotes from Peter Haas

[Haiti] was not a natural disaster. It was a disaster of engineering.
Peter Haas
TED Senior Fellows at TEDGlobal 2010 • 258K views Oct 2010
Informative, Persuasive
It was the buildings [in Haiti], not the earthquake, that killed 220,000 people, that injured 330,000, that displaced 1.3 million people, that cut off food and water and supplies for an entire nation.
Peter Haas
TED Senior Fellows at TEDGlobal 2010 • 258K views Oct 2010
Informative, Persuasive