Category Archives: TEDGlobal

Rest in peace, Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina died last night in a hospital in Nairobi at the age of 48. We lost him far, far too soon, but Bin spent his brief time on earth remarkably well, and packed more insight and discovery into his … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Hi friends. I’m not quite back online yet, though the eye is healing very well, and more quickly than last time. You’ll probably hear from me at Ars Electronica this weekend, and I’ll be back at “work” early next week. … Continue reading

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African video worth watching

For those of you who weren’t able to be at the TED Global conference in Arusha earlier this year, there are multiple opportunities for you to catch up on the event you missed. is posting talks from the conference … Continue reading

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Something to chew on: TED talks posted online

I’m very gratified by the response to my post last week about live conferenceblogging (or “conference liveblogging”, if you prefer), and to all the suggestions and ammendments to the tips I posted. But I got the sense from some comments … Continue reading

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The 5-4-3 double play, or “The Art of Conference Blogging”

When I was about seven years old, my father taught me how to score a baseball game. We were probably in Florida, combining a trip to a spring training game with a visit to one of my grandmothers. He explained … Continue reading

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Incremental infrastructure, or how mobile phones might wire Africa

One of the consequences (intended or otherwise) of the TED Global conferencein Arusha, Tanzania last month is that many of the bloggers I read regularly are spending a good deal of time thinking about the classic questions of development economics: … Continue reading

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Pushing the hippo out of the frame…

Gal Beckerman of the Columbia Journalism Review takes a swing at Vanity Fair’s Africa issue, alongside dozens of African and Afrophile bloggers, including yours truly. I found Beckerman’s framing of the issue very useful. Borrowing from Andrew Rice in The … Continue reading

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A new wind blowing in Africa

If oil has the potential to destabilize or grow a nation’s economy, very few economists are concerned with the negative economic impact of wind power. While wind is a resource that hasn’t attracted mass investment yet in Africa, it’s often … Continue reading

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Judging a magazine by its cover

Bono wants the world to care more about Africa. So do I. After that, it gets a bit harder to see eye to eye. Bono had a bit of a rough ride at TED Global in Arusha. In the first … Continue reading

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Digesting TED Global – I’m still chewing

It’s three days after the TED conference, and I’ve had two days to enjoy a rainy, but very beautiful, Cape Town and do some digesting of thoughts and ideas. (lots of pictures, for those interested…) I had breakfast this morning … Continue reading

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