Category Archives: inspiration

Oddly, this gives me hope #wearesoscrewed #wemightactuallymakeit

The fact that some one person, somewhere, or some bunch of kids being surveyed would convince people that a movie with owls as heroes (forchrissakes) would fly seriously gives me hope. Ferrealz.

Reductionism/Simplisticism: “Different Versions of a Single Story”

“power is the ability not only to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person” – Chimamanda Adichie This might be a top 5 TED talk, for its power, clarity of concept, and speaker presence. Nigerian novelist (and Booker shortlister) Chimamanda Adichie solves the riddle of the […]

Back to One Laptop, via the Windmills

Here’s a mini-version of the upcoming documentary about William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Watching it today, William’s comment about needing electricity to get to the internet (at 5:21) struck me: “Most people want internet technology, but they can’t use internet technology without electricity.” This reminds me of some of the smug criticisms […]

Supporting the Windmill Project

Just finishing The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind as the author, William Kamkwamba caps off his US speaking tour with a Daily Show interview (tomorrow). With the money he has raised, William has added solar panels to his village, another windmill and has achieved his goal of irrigating the land for a second season of […]

Inspiration: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

About 3/4 of the way through The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (that’s the Amazon link, the author’s site is here). Terrific book on so many levels. In short, it’s the story of a 13 – 14 year Malawian boy (William Kamkwmaba) who, unable to pay tuition for school after a devastating famine (which his […]

Tim Brown on Design to Design Thinking

I’m still uncomfortable at the rush to make everyone designers when we mostly understand design as styling, but Brown makes some great points and highlights things missing from many design thinking talks: – design has been, and should be again, about big things – design has its routes in system, systemic, or integrative thinking (it’s […]

Maker Faire Africa

July 4th Poems from a _____ POV

This summer seemed rich (or richer than usual) in social media’s provision of alternative/deeper/more thoughtful views of the 4th of July. Lots of ironic postings, flickrs, and twitpics displaying gluttony or stupid bottle rocket tricks, or song lyrics showing how the 4th, like Christmas, is increasingly detached from its original meaning. Egalitarian Bookworm (chick?), a […]

Curiosity + Triviality == Discovery

Reading and thoroughly digging Steven Johnson’s Invention of Air and seeing an overlap with discussions about planning and innovation (clunky intro, but accurate). Early in Johnson’s book, he tells the story of how we discovered the Gulf Stream. It was a convergence of vaguely, not immediately apparently, connected things. In the 1760s there were several […]

Maker Faire — cool, but not so much on the Re-newable

Psyche! I finally made it to Maker Faire and it was every bit as fun, interesting, and inspiring as I hoped. It was big and massive with welded giants of art and smashery. It was cool and witty with installations that made you laugh and wonder how the hell they did it. It was people-focused, […]