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Designing Tech for Social Change: An Interview with Femi Longe of Nigeria's Co-Creation Hub, Part II

If you missed Part I, click here.

 

In July I spent a few days around the Co-Creation Hub in Lagos, Nigeria. The CcHUB, or simply, the Hub, is the hottest, newest, co-creation, co-working, and innovation hub. It’s aim is to find tech-based solutions to Nigeria’s challenges. Since it opened in September of last year, it is abuzz with young energy and brilliant entrepreneurs.

 

Designing Tech for Social Change: An Interview with Femi Longe of Nigeria's Co-Creation Hub

In July of 2012, I spent a few days around the Co-Creation Hub in Lagos, Nigeria. The CcHUB, or simply, the Hub, is the hottest, newest, co-creation, co-working, and innovation hub. Since it opened in September of last year, it is abuzz with young energy and brilliant entrepreneurs.

 

On my final day in Lagos I sat down with co-Founder and Director of Programmes at the CcHUB, Femi Longe, to hear more about how it all happens.

 

 

24 year old Cameroonian engineer invents a touchscreen medical tablet

A 24 year old Cameroonian engineer, Arthur Zang, has invented the Cardiopad, a touchscreen medical tablet used to perform tests similar to a traditional electrocardiograph. The Cardiopad can wirelessly transmit the results of a heart test from a remote location to specialists typically located in urban centers. 

 

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Images of Future Wars

Last night as part of my work looking at futures thinking and conflict resolution I was reading The Future: Images and Processes by Elise and Kenneth Boulding. As a long time peace researcher, Elise has found that the world lacks images of peace, and therefore an ability to truly move towards peace.

If youth are our future, what of the future of youth (leaders)?

Youth leadership is a hot button issue these days. But I think what we tend to forget—or don’t have the opportunity to understand—is that youth leadership is very different throughout the world. Missing these nuances could lead to potentially ineffective global youth leadership initiatives.

Kenya Youth Scenarios, a personal perspective

Last June I had the pleasure of facilitating the Eastern province Kenya Youth Scenarios workshop on behalf of Institute of Economic Affair’s (IEA) Futures Programme after observing their Western province workshop.

FutureCast: Vinay Gupta on Lightweight Shelters & Disaster Relief (April 1, 2010)

Designing with Empathy

Join Jerry Michalski in conversation with Vinay Gupta to discus the hexayurt, an innovative design for lightweight shelter, and possibly the future of disaster relief.

Increasing Global Resilience: women becoming key players in peace movements

Women are doing a lot of work to create equality and peace throughout Africa, not to mention the rest of the world. What’s more, as women come together to fight for peace they cross political, religious, and tribal or clan lines that are often used as tools to perpetuate war. In Liberia Christian and Muslim women got together for the first time in the country’s history when they stood up and demanded peace. Somalia’s 6th clan is a crosscut of all clans representing all Somali women.

FutureCast: open-source hardware and MAKE-ing the future

Institute for the Future is very proud to announce Phillip Torrone, senior editor of MAKE magazine, as our guest for the 3rd installment of our FutureCast series.

Please join Jerry Mchalski in a one hour conversation with Torrone as they discuss topics such as open-source hardware, new hacker-spaces opening up, and the Fabber and Maker movements as they continue to develop in the coming years.

The conversation will take place Thursday, February 11th from 11:00am to 12:00pm PST. Call-in information provided below.

FutureCast: Re-imagining the suburbs

IFTF will be hosting our second FutureCast on Thursday, December 17, at 11:00 am Pacific Time. Jerry Michalski will be in conversation with guests Eric Corey Freed, Allison Arieff, and June Williamson on our changing suburban landscape.

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