A crash course in changing the world.
In 2020 I will turn 28. I will be in a small town in rural Africa, working in a metal shop I made with the help of the community. I will be teaching the community to use the tools and the resources at hand to solve the problems they have. The shop will be open to anyone to use in return for whatever they can give, money, food, labor, etc. The community will use this to create things like windmills to create electricity, tools to help plant and harvest crops, better stoves, pumps, and…Continue
My hero is George Odhiambo, a metalworker in Gikomba, Nairobi (blogged about on Afrigadget: http://www.afrigadget.com/2008/06/17/re-use-in-the-unofficial-kenyan-ironworks-industry/)
He is significant not for making a company or an invention that will save the world and help millions of people, but rather for using some ingenuity, engineering, and the resources available…Continue
"Innovate on existing platforms (We’ve got bicycles and mobile phones in Africa, plus lots of metal to weld. Innovate using that stuff, rather than bringing in completely new tech.)"
This aspect of social innovation is I think of the greatest importance. If you create something to solve some problem or some need, but it is something that needs to be manufactured elsewhere, your solution will probably not be very successful or sustainable.…Continue
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