The Bright Continent: Not Your Mama's Africa
We used to have a “first” and “third world.” Political correctness brought us “global north” and “global south,” “developed” and “developing.” The Bright Continent introduces “fat” and “lean.” While wealthy economies like the US and EU bounce between bloat and austerity, lean economies in Africa long ago figured out how to do more with less. The cradle of civilization, it turns out, is an innovation factory. The evidence is mounting: Africa pioneered the biggest and best mobile banking services—turning cell phones into ATMs. Africa leads the global race to sell clean energy. Africa has rewritten the education playbook. Africa is building its own healthcare systems, movie industries, and affordable housing. The region hosts 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s the youngest by far. Reading from her reporting across sub-Saharan Africa, the author will distill the ingredients of lean innovation, and explain how they apply to anyone trying to shape the 21st century.
- What do you mean by “fat” and “lean”? Why should anyone want to be less advanced or less wealthy?
- What are the main tools of innovation and problem solving in Africa? How are they different than those in more developed parts of the world?
- What’s the biggest problem that you think needs solving in fat economies? What about in lean economies?
- How can you deal with political risk, corruption, instability, war—all the bad things about living and working in Africa?
- What is the African innovation most likely to succeed in a fat economy? What is the best opportunity for those in fat economies to engage Africa in future?
- Dayo Olopade N/A
Dayo Olopade N/A
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