AFRICA IS NOW!
“Africa is now the world’s youngest continent,” writes Makhtar Diop, vice president for Africa at the World Bank. “These young people have high expectations, and African policy makers are increasingly concerned about how to meet them.”
Summer 2014 issues of South African art and lifestyle publication, VISI magazine
THE EVOLUTION OF AFRICAN DESIGN HAS BEGUN!
Design and Design-Thinking was the theme of the week. Check out the latest clips in the Design Thinking & Innovation Circle.
6 Start habits that will help you become an innovator for life, suggested by David Kelly of IDEO:
#1 - THINK LIKE A TRAVELLER
Capture as many lessons as possible from your experience when traveling!
#2 - FIELD OBSERVATIONS WITH FRESH EYES
Be an anthropologist and use your powers of observation. You can almost always spot an opportunity when you observe keenly.
#3. TREAT LIFE AS AN EXPERIMENT
Fail forward - take risks and be willing to fail! Treat difficult tasks like an experiment and just try it out.
# 4. CULTIVATE AN ATTITUDE OF WISDOM
Strike a healthy balance between the confidence in what you know and a healthy skepticism to keep you questioning!
#5 USE YOUR WHOLE BRAIN:
Bring your right brain into play with intuitive skills. Use your tortoise mind, the space where contemplation and rumination takes place over time. Growing ideas takes time, it does not happen overnight. Find time to daydream.
#6. DO WHAT YOU LOVE
When you do what you love, you’ll be better at it and you’ll be willing to put extra energy into it. Consider 3 circles and find the intersection of the 3:
1. What are you good at?
2. What were you born to do? (When are you happiest and in the flow?)
3. What would people pay you to do?
Finally, consider: who are you going to work with, find people that you enjoy working with
Also check out the feedback from the recent Design Indaba 2014 in the Design & Fashion Circle
#FOUNDER STORY OF THE WEEK
Co-founder of AIRBNB, Joe Gebbia, shares his founder story and his experience in the Sharing-Economy.
#TIP OF THE WEEK: keep a journal or lab notebook about when you feel happiest and when you are in the flow.
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“Having an idea is one thing. But having an idea that solves a problem is another thing. You have to also study whether your idea is the best solution to that problem. If it’s not, change it,” says 21 year old Suraj Gudka who just graduated from London School of Economics with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance.
Gudka, who grew up in Kericho, is not looking for formal employment. SokoText, his new start-up, is his focus. The company is about on an online application which intends to leverage on the power of Short Message Service (SMS) in Kenya and help entrepreneurs in the slums.
If you want to grow your business more sustainably, be proud of every project you deliver to clients, and get the best out of your team —build systems. Focusing on your business processes empowers you and your team to do great work and see more creative, reliable results.
But if you’re impatient like me, you want to see that improvement quickly. The good news is you can begin right away with this simple method: Start small, and change one thing at a time.
Airbnb’s co-founder, Joe Gebbia, shares his founder story and his experience with the Sharing - Economy. He talks about how Airbnb went from concept to customer in 6 days with absolutely nothing, proving that you can solve a problem for someone without financing! Check out his interview and get his 3 key takeaways that could help you in your startup!