Watch global innovators at work!
Deep bow, much obliged (as we say in the South). Thank you to everyone who's donated, tweeted, helped, talked, nudged and pleaded. Now we need your help expanding our community. Please like us on FB and follow on twitter, send this link to friends, and ask ALL to sign up on our blog at youngworldinventors.com!
NEW REWARD: for $50 donation, we'll send you a DVD of the first ten stories, focused on our Rwanda and Tanzania teams. [note on cell phone charger reward: the charger's voltage regulator prevents damage to all phones, smart or stupid.]
Join us to inspire innovation with new startups in Africa andhelp edit the first 10 web episodes -- about creative business with a global attitude. Nine hours to go!
Startup teams show us the process of innovation: how do you make enterprises sustainable? We will edit web ready episodes for local TV, repurpose for radio and show on inflatable screens, to inspire new entrepreneurs in villages. We are profiling start ups, connecting them to capital and linking them to incubators and places like MIT for further collaboration. We will send stories to colleges in the U.S. as case studies for classes in design, international development and engineering. See updates for story detail and new collaborators (#8).
I taped scenes on team (re)building, business strategies, "soft skills" and more. Smart, ambitious young women run three of the five teams we're following. Jodie is a new TED fellow, Clarisse graduates in December and shared her hard won lessons on teamwork to a national conference of youth. Jamila and Susaneve are helping farmers earn higher revenues, and Amos is helping dairy farmers produce better milk. David is dealing with sanitation in Kenya -- making fertilizer out of poop. Sign up for video reports to see how to make it decompose faster!
Bernard, the Tanzanian inventor in the video above, works with MIT grad Jodie Wu in Arusha, near Mt. Kilimanjaro. (check our blog). Bernard devised ten inventions after he met a Guatemalan innovator at an international conference: that's cross cultural "pollination." We prowled a junk yard, got directions for Bernard's solar water heater, and watched him teach villagers how to solve problems. Cell phones and low tech inventions could shift power in Africa, as U.S. students help fund, transfer technology (see video there of our Rwanda team) and inspire local creativity. We have a growing list of cool collaborators (update #8).
Join me on a virtual trip with on-the-road clips of people I met in East Africa. Hear new music from Just a Band, our composers who are coming to New York City to mount their video exhibit!
Funds raised here will pay for transcripts, editing and music. Please share our KS link on FB or Twitter, 'Like' us, and send the KS link to friends, or just our blog. Get the first bike powered cell phone charger or meet our music makers, Just a Band in New York before they return to Nairobi in a few weeks! Thank you for spreading the word!
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