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The social innovators I've decided to shadow are the m4lit project in South Africa.
According to their website:

"The m4Lit (mobile phones for literacy) pilot project created a mobile novel (m-novel) and published it (September 2009) on a mobisite and on MXit in order to explore ways of supporting teen leisure reading and writing around fictional texts in South Africa (SA), using mobile media."

I'm particularly interested in the potential of mobile phones and other digital devices in helping to teach literacy to South African youth.

My ultimate Evokation will hopefully focus on digital literacy and storytelling as a way of communication and empowerment for South Africans.

As my previous blog suggests, personally I'd like to move away from the usual stereotypes of "aid" and "philanthropy" in social innovation and using and embracing digital technology is a way of steering us away from the idea of the poor rural African left behind by the modern world.

"If mobile phones are a legitimate alternative and compliment to printed literature then their potential for increasing youth literacy practices of reading and writing in SA, and indeed the developing world, is significant. "

Hell yeah.







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Comment by Robert Hawkins on March 3, 2010 at 2:19pm
Bravo! Excellent vision -- am also very interested in the role of the narrative as a pedagogical device and mobile technology as a game changing educational tool....and empowerment tool. Cant wait to see your Evokation!
Comment by Bruce Haynes on March 4, 2010 at 2:30pm
Charlie i've power voted you for VISION as you seem to have spotted a niche and are pursuing it with creativity and insight! I agree that there seems to be huge potential here! I look forward to power voting you for ENTREPREURSHIP as you develop this idea over the next ten weeks, good to have social innovators like you right here in SOUTH AFRICA:)

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