Summary of our Meeting in Copenhagen

We had our initial meeting in Copenhagen where we talked about several topics, such as:

  • Most African women (and other cultures as well, for that matter) use a piece of cloth as a wrap to carry their babies.  Can a backpack type carrier that requires a more complicated approach, be made available to the average family in Africa?
  • Some kind of lending service might be necessary to make the carrier available to all mothers who want and need it.
  • We should trust the “design process” and keep an open mind about its results.  In other words, we should not focus on certain solutions from the beginning but keep an open mind on all aspects of the project.
  • The project should be kept as simple as possible but it should employ a deep understanding of the cultures that will be using the results.
  • This will be a non-profit, non-competitive project, the main purpose of which is to promote baby carrying.
  • A baby carrier that works like a backpack has the potential of involving African fathers in the baby carrying enterprise.
  • One of the keys to the success of the project is to have the designer of the carrier live among local families to study their needs and the materials available for the project.
  • We must try to involve as many well informed people as possible to support and add life to the project.
  • We should work to decide on a name for this project.  If possible, it should be something that we can use as the name of the carrier.  Of course, we should keep in mind that the name should be appropriate for the African setting.