Peter’s fellowship focus is Rhizomatica, establishing low-cost, low-power, open-source cellular infrastructure that can serve rural areas profitably using inexpensive handsets that many already own. His priorities include policy modelling and business model development.
We support Rhizomatica because affordable, immediate communication is one of the building blocks of progress. Peter is democratising access to telecommunication technology by localising control and decreasing cost.
Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.
At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.
The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.