Social Entrepreneurship in the Water Sector

Social Entrepreneurship in the Water Sector

Getting Things Done Sustainably

Rafael Ziegler, Lena Partzsch, Jana Gebauer, Marianne Henkel, Justus Lodemann and Franziska Mohaupt

There are few sectors where ‘getting things done sustainably’ is as important as it is for the water sector. From drinking water and sanitation to water use in agriculture, industry, and ecosystems, Rafael Ziegler and his co-authors investigate the contribution of social entrepreneurship to the sustainable use of water.

Chapter 4: A new water paradigm - Michal Kravčík and People and Water

Justus Lodemann and Rafael Ziegler

Subjects: business and management, social entrepreneurship, development studies, social entrepreneurship, environment, water


At the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship in 2009, in response to the financial and economic crisis, Michal Kravčík presented a 'Green New Deal Proposal for Slovakia and Beyond' (Kravčík 2009). Kravčík outlined his New Water Paradigm as a strategy for water retention and job creation, which was inspired by the American New Deal from the Roosevelt administration. Kravčík was not only thinking about his native Slovakia; he envisaged millions of jobs around the globe and aimed at nothing less than greening the deserts of the world, with a projected first implementation on the Arabian Peninsula. To this end, he invited all his contacts to join this global effort in restoring the water cycle. Unfortunately, the Saudia Arabia proposal fell through and we never got to travel there to visit his efforts. We did, however, get to travel to Eastern Slovakia in 2010, visiting Kravčík's hometown Košice and then the village of Tichy Potok in the Levoča Mountains. In the 1990s there was a plan to construct a large dam for flood prevention and drinking water provision in Tichy Potok, which is in the upper part of the Torysa River. The dam was projected to flood approximately 123 hectares of the Upper Torysa River Valley area, including Tichy Potok village and other small villages so that a resettlement of the inhabitants would have been necessary.

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