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About

Open a child's eyes to a whole new world of exploration as they learn how other children around the world live, and discover stories of heroic innovators and entrepreneurs working on problems in far flung places that help children develop and thrive.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Say hello to Ollie and Maddie!
Say hello to Ollie and Maddie!

This new series of books introduces children to concepts of geography, anthropology and social innovation using age-appropriate language and colourful illustrations. Told through the eyes of Maddie and Ollie, brother and sister characters based on my own twins, each book takes the reader to a different part of the world to learn about places other children live, and the people and projects helping them and their communities overcome their problems so they can develop and thrive.

Questions at the end of each book take children deeper into the story, drawing out their thoughts and interpretations and challenging them to think about some of the people, places and events they've just discovered. And further information on the real-world projects and places are provided to help you take their curiosity and interest as far as they want to take it.

The books will be aimed at children around 6 or 7 years of age and will be written in British English.

In the first book - "Ollie Goes on a Reading Adventure" - Ollie travels to India to find out how children are learning to read thanks to a cool project that puts special subtitles on television programmes for kids.

In the second book - "Maddie Goes on a Solar Adventure" - Maddie heads to Nigeria and learns how an American doctor developed a solar lighting solution that helps keep mothers and babies safe during childbirth.

And in the third book - "Maddie and Ollie and the Search for Lost Family" - Maddie and Ollie head to a refugee camp in Syria and learn about how families split up by conflict are being brought back together.

Cost breakdown

The funds raised will cover project management and administrative costs, story development, an illustrator to draw the book pages, an editor/proof reader, the cost of colour printing, the cost of fulfilling the rewards and, finally, the remainder for a little social media-based marketing and PR.

Gift ideas

The Maddie and Ollie adventure books would make great Christmas or birthday presents for yours, and other people's, children. Or why not pledge and get copies for your local school, library or club?

About my books

This will be my third book project. The first - "The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator" - was published after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013.

"The Rise" came with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and became a Development Studies best seller on Amazon
"The Rise" came with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and became a Development Studies best seller on Amazon

The stories featured in each of these new Maddie and Ollie books are based on case studies from the second book - "Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice". Published in 2016 and featuring forewords from the 'grandfather' of social entrepreneurship, Bill Drayton, and world-famous musician and humanitarian, Peter Gabriel, this book was specifically aimed at university and college students interested in how innovators are solving complex social and environmental problems around the world.

"Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation" received some great endorsements
"Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation" received some great endorsements

With this latest Kickstarter project I'm looking to adapt these inspiring stories and make them accessible to a much younger audience, introducing children at an early age to elements of problem solving and social change, nurturing their changemaker potential - all valuable skills in later life. As Bill Drayton wrote in his foreword to my second book:

About me

I am an award-winning social entrepreneur, mobile technology and global conservation and development expert with an undergraduate major in Social Anthropology best known for developing FrontlineSMS, a mobile messaging platform used today by non-profits in over 190 countries around the world. In addition to my work with mobile technology, I am a keynote speaker, book author, thought-leader, consultant and mentor. You can find out more about what I do on my website at kiwanja.net

Over the years my work has been internationally recognised (with numerous awards) and featured in a number of major media outlets including National Geographic, the BBC and CNN.

I am a passionate and strong advocate for change, and spend increasing amounts of my time working to help develop and inspire the next generation of social innovators and problem solvers. Please consider supporting my Kickstarter campaign and help me take this message of compassion and social change to my youngest audience yet!

Thank you.

Risks and challenges

There are few risks with the project. We have early design concepts for the books, including character and cover designs, and have done all the research to allow us to develop the stories. The largest cost will be an illustrator, and these have been costed out to fit within budget. Printing, the second largest cost, is also covered. The only possible risk might be illustration or printing taking a little longer than planned. I am able to manage the Kickstarter campaign in my own time/at weekends, and will hire someone to help if the campaign is successful.

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    A Helping Hand

    A pledge of £5 here gets you a virtual high-five from Maddie and Ollie and the warm feeling that comes with helping inspire young children around the world.

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    Ollie Book Bedtime Story and PDF

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    Maddie/Ollie Book Bedtime Story and PDF

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    Single Copy of Ollie's First Adventure

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    Signed by Ollie Book

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    Signed by Maddie and Ollie Book

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    Set of the First Three Books

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    Maddie and Ollie T-Shirt and Book

    A pledge of £42 here gets you a strictly limited edition child size t-shirt of Maddie and Ollie, bundled with a copy of their first shared adventure.

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    All Three Books plus Bedtime Stories

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    Talk on Social Innovation

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    Book Signing and Reading Session

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Funding period

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