On TED.com I came across a highly discussed topic which I gladly want to share with you!
In a world that is going trough a major digital revolution it may be hard to believe that a part of the world still doesn’t own a computer, let alone use the internet. And it’s not even a small part, it’s actually the majority of the world! 70 procent of the world population, that’s four times the population of India, doesn’t have acces to a computer or internet. This is called digital divide, the gap between individuals and communities that have acces to information technologies and those that don’t. The three most important reasons for not having digital acces:
can’t afford it.
don’t know how to use it.
don’t know the benefits.
Internet is mostly used bij North-America and Europe. Therefore the technologically excluded part of the world is:
Internet should not be a luxury, but a right. It’s a basic neccesity of the 21th century, a tool for change. These are the words of Aleph Molinari, creator of RIA, a Learning and Innovation Network. RIA has already 1650 computers, 140.000 users and 34.000 graduates. His goal is to provide spaces, connection, content and training wherever is needed in the world. With these centers a person can be digitally included within only 72 hours.
His vision is that technology is not going to save the world, we are and we can use technology to help us. ‘Let’s use human energy to make the world a better place!’
Welcome to the Digital Storytelling Workshop delivered by Niels Jansen from the 1% Club in the Netherlands and hosted today at ActivSpaces Buea in Cameroon. We’re going to be using Cover It Live to give you real-time updates during the next two days. Stay tuned and follow Niels as he explains the power behind social media and digital storytelling.
When thinking about Africa’s future (which few people really do), one is easily lost in a maze of great ideas, contradictions, inspiring pioneers, disenchanting news reports and ridiculously low quality data. Jasper Grosskurth of STT spent 3 years exploring ‘Futures of Technology in Africa’ on a quest to understand the continent’s next two decades.
The resulting book contains lots of insider knowledge, ICT and energy data, insights into future opportunities and risks, future scenarios, a chapter about learning from Africa, a science fiction short story, and much more. You’ll find the book (PDF) right here.
Africa’s ICT future begins with the mobile phone. The 450 million units in use today are the cornerstones of Africa’s first ever pan-continental infrastructure, reliably and affordably connecting all corners, urban and rural. Internet will follow suit, and so will mobile money (pay and/or earn anywhere anytime) and geo-location services (navigation, tracking & tracing, …).
As a consequence, the transaction costs for any type of data (voice, image, video, prices, locations, account information, weather data, code,…) are dropping from outrageous to global average. Business economics 101 teaches us, that lower transaction costs mean more business opportunities for everybody. Read Jasper’s book (PDF) to add insights about changes in other fields, such as energy, infrastructure and agriculture taking place over the next 20 years and your head should start spinning.
All this has an impact on what 1% of time or money can do. First of all, less of anyone’s 1% input is lost in transaction. Money reaches its destination quicker, information is exchanged more efficiently, increasingly complex projects can be tackled through digital and social networks. And 1% really can make a difference.
However, as the amount of entrepreneurship – for profit or not – in Africa grows, 1% will make less and less of a difference. When skills levels, access to information, the sophistication of African economies and the Cheetah generation grow, the added value of the 1% contributions will drop. With some luck, they will continue to drop to a level, where we see a global 1% community funding each other’s great projects.
1% of Kenyan money and skills will then help a cool idea in Amsterdam to move from idea to reality as much as the other way round…
This Monday half of of the 1%CREW will attend MOMO nr.15 here in Amsterdam it will be all about the internet of things. It’s a trending topic right now and together with the open data movement it’s going to change the world!
IBM just made a great video about it illustrates that point. Have a look and feel why I’m getting so excited and using big words.
This is the main reason I’m into this internet stuff. It’s mindblowing and the only limitation will be /is our imagination.