Anil Gupta tours India to find grassroots solutions to problems faced by rural people. Among the solutions: Bridges made from tree roots; potatoes planted on a steep hill to solve erosion and make food; partial clear-cutting only cutting the branches, which grow back, and not the trunks; an herb used in poultices; gate hinges made from pieces of rubber tires; a little girl who wants a paddle or cycle plow so her parents don't have to weed so much, and an inventive boy who agrees to make it for her.
I found this link at http://woodsrunnerstrail.blogspot.com/
Think I might link to mkshft.org too.
This is better than being handed some top-down "solution" by a clueless or secretly malefic UN or other similar organization. Spreading ideas people think up to help themselves. Kudos to Mr. Gupta.
We little people can bootstrap ourselves back into the swing of things, using open-source info sharing and bypassing the parasites.