The First (or Second) of a Thousand Steps: Car Manufacture in Kenya

Kenya is building cars! For a student of innovation, that’s exciting news. And given my interest in social, inclusive and frugal innovation, news of a low-cost car coming to market, developed for rural and off-road use, using locally-sourced materials, is even more exciting. OK, let me clarify: Kenya has been building (assembling) cars for a while now, but only […]

The Study of Innovation and Sustainability… What about Politics, Economics and Culture?

“Sustainability” is a notion that is hotly debated across academic and non-academic arenas. What does this term mean? The term has its origins within environmental movements, thus the common layman understanding that sustainability is synonymous with ‘green’. Over time however, the connotations of the term have evolved to incorporate economic and political overtones. Many conceptualisations of sustainability exist now across […]

Inclusive innovation

Two truths about innovation: it directly contributes to economic development positively. However, innovation can also inhibit equitable development, at least in the short term. How does innovation lead to development? We create better products, put them on the market, and if they appeal to consumers, they will adopt them to substitute older, inefficient products. Competition […]

Prezi – The Online Presentation Tool: Lessons Learnt

The ability to give clear and interesting talks is an important skill for any professional. More so for academics who need to talk about their work constantly to gain attention. So I have been looking to improve my presentation skills.  To expand my tool-set beyond MS PowerPoint, I recently took a risk with a fascinating online […]

Innovation in Africa: Looking ahead 2014

Trendwatching.com has published a bulletin detailing “5 must-know African consumer trends to run with in 2014”. Below are the highlights: FABA (For Africa By Africa): African solutions to African challenges done the African way Mobile roaming: The other ‘mobile’, i.e innovation boosting commuter freedom, logistical flexibility both physically and digitally. Civil info-nation: Africans will embrace even more […]