Just wanted to share a couple of thoughts with you all.
I think that right now Africa is the most exciting continent in the world!
Cellphone penetration and internet access have never been higher; the rise of the African middle class, the growing number of African graduates and the return of younger generations of the African diaspora are factors that are driving business and economic development in new and dynamic ways; and African innovation in science, technology and medicine is changing how we farm, how we communicate and how long we live.
What we are experiencing is a surge in the spirit of possibility, driven by young people across the continent. In the context of the many challenges Africa continues to face (infrastructure, techonoligy, health, environment etc…), this generation of resourceful and passionate young people have the potential to make a groundbreaking contribution to Africa’s development path.
Lets make history!
So here’s what I am thinking…
We need to establish an African network of Edgeryders. “Edgeryders Africa” would provide a platform for young changemakers from Africa and beyond to work collaboratively to address various challenges on the continent. The platform could connect the dots between changemakers in Accra to those in Lagos and London, Brussels and Bamako, Cairo and Cape Town, Juba and Johannesburg. Imagine what we could achieve together!
Edgeryders Africa should replicate the unMonastery concept, whereby an annual ‘solutions convention’ is hosted each year in a different African city to address specific problems in that city. The success of this would probably require the cooperation of local government and partnerships with local / regional research and academic institutions as well as local businesses and global corporations.
Thats as far as my thoughts go for now… Please add yours. These ideas need plenty of input! This is just a start but I think it could lead to many other ideas that will have a remarkable effect on the lives of Africans around the continent.
So as I said before, Lets Make History!