Hey hey hey,
Sorry, I have been a little bit slack over the last week in terms of blogging. A truly great lady passed away last week and I am working on an article to remember her amongst other great things so I have been kinda gone but this blog is far from forgotten.
Anyway, I am a member of the Melbourne Personal Growth Meetup Group and tomorrow they will be having a meetup that I am extraordinarily interested in but will be unable to attend due to pre-set plans with the love sickness. Anyway, I just had a quick look at a free PDF report that the man presenting put out and I thought I would share it with y’all and get your thoughts. So read through it (it is a PDF file and to read it, you need Adobe Reader) and leave some comments or email me letting me know what you think of it.
I just read an article from the White Africans on mobile phones in Africa and one idea that has absolutely struck a chord with me is paying for things with mobile credit:
This means instead of having to pay for bus rides with money you can simply transfer credit from your phone to the driver or conductor’s phone. After all, isn’t it simply transferring value you already possess to someone else who may need that value in exchange for something you want.
To me, this is absolutely brilliant innovation. According to this post, also from the White African, mobile phones have absolutely swamped Africa. Both my grandparents, even without full, constant access to electricity own mobile phones. Apparently in countries like South Africa there are more mobile phones in rotation than there are people. To say that mobile phones are quintessential in Africa at the moment is like saying that soccer is just another sport, i.e. a gross understatement. If we were to sit down and think about how we can use this knowledge to improve our local economies, I have a hunch the effects could be continent-shattering. Just a thought
I am starting to feel like my blog is redundant when I read articles such as these from M that pretty much say exactly what I want to say, exactly the way I want to say it
Finally (huh, I guess I did have something to say today, I thought this post would be way shorter), reading this poem from Mshairi got me to thinking about the education system and so this is what I had to say after reading the poem:
I think this can act as a metaphor for our entire education system not only in Kenya and Africa but throughout the world. We teach and learn logarithms, fractions and about latent heat but there are no classes on how to have ideal relationships, or in Africa courses on how to survive when you can’t earn money. Education should be a reflection of society’s necessities. What we have at the moment is a society where education is a neccesity no matter how vacuous it is.
Be blessed&bless othaz,