Where it all started

One of the things everyone tells you about when you first get to Kenya is M-Pesa. It’s a banking system that runs through your mobile phone without the need for an actual account with a bank or a smart phone. So that old Nokia you had, your first ever mobile, you can use that to pay the tab in a bar, pay the taxi driver, or transfer to your friend who lent you some money last week. It’s impressive and incredibly handy. And makes you wonder why we don’t have anything quite so handy at home…

Innovation is a hot topic in Kenya. I’ve never met so many entrepreneurial people with bright ideas. So watching this TED talk really rang home for me. As the speaker says, innovation isn’t happening in the countries where we spend a lot of time on Facebook or watching TV…it’s happening where there are big problems that need real solutions:

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