book highlight: Digital Kenya
Now is the time of year when we are wading through the flotsam of the passing semester (grading, entering grades, firefighting “emergency” cases, etc.) and preparing for the next semester (more of the same?).
Nonetheless, a new semester always brings the prospect of joining the cutting edge…
For those of you looking to update syllabi or reading lists on technology and organizations, have a look at Bitange Ndemo and Tim Weiss‘s co-editted new book Digital Kenya: An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making (2016, Palgrave), which with the support of the Ford Foundation is (bonus alert!) also available as an open access PDF.
The book’s press release (digitalkenyapressrelease_december2016-final) promises insiders’ perspectives of what it takes to launch and sustain organizations in a growing tech sector. Its conversations with social entrepreneurs and founders of leading organizations rounds out research that is usually conducted of high-tech firms in North America. For example, in conversation #3, Anne Githuku-Shongwe explains how she founded Afroes to counter negative Western stereotypes with positive images of heroes and heroines for her children. In conversation #6, Su Kahumbu Stephanou, creator of the mobile App iCow, recounts her journey, along with various setbacks, towards sustainable, organic farming.
For the open access publication, visit www.tinyurl.com/DigitalKenya-free.
To order the book in print, visit www.tinyurl.com/DigitalKenya.
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