August 2014: Interview with Pimp My Cause
Ken Banks was recently interviewed by leading non-profit marketing website Pimp My Cause. Pimp My Cause is a web-based platform which brings good causes in need of professional marketing support together with professional experts able to contribute their expertise free of charge. Ken was previously interviewed by the website following a talk at the Ben & Jerry's "Join Our Core" event. You can read the latest interview, where he talks about his latest book, "The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator", here
August 2014: Interview on ICT4D, innovation and global development
Ahead of his keynote at the Game Changers Summit in Nashville next month, Ken Banks recently gave an interview outlining his thoughts on ICT4D, innovation and global development. You can read the interview, and listen to selected audio, on the UMC website
August 2014: Ken Banks at Bellagio/PopTech Fellowship Retreat
Over the past few weeks, kiwanja has been working with the Rockefeller Foundation and PopTech to help select the 2014 Class of Bellagio/PopTech Fellows. The five Fellows will get together with a group of catalysts at the Bellagio Centre in Italy later this month to rethink the notion of livelihoods. Ken Banks will join another six catalysts to help guide and develop the thinking, and key output, from the time there. You can read more about the Fellowship here, and see the biographies of all seven catalysts here
July 2014: Ken Banks special guest on BBC Tech Tent
Ken Banks was recently invited to take part in BBC Tech Tent, which broadcasts on the World Service. The episode looked at how contactless card payments - allowing you save a few seconds when you buy a coffee - can often be seen as frivolous. Could their real value most likely be felt when applied to 'real' problems in the developing world? You can read more on the BBC website here, or listen to the podcast on the kiwanja website here
July 2014: "The Rise" featured in HR Director magazine
"The HR Director provides in-depth analysis and proven strategies to enable HR directors to keep on top of this fast-paced industry. In each issue, readers are invited to share challenges and successes, with case studies from key global companies and industry professionals providing real solutions to current human resource issues".
kiwanja's new book, "The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator", was featured in a special section looking at social innovation in the July issue of the magazine. You can read more about the magazine, and read the article (when available) on the HR Director website here
June 2014: Future of development talk in London
The Start Network is a consortium of nineteen leading NGOs working together to strengthen the humanitarian aid system. The network extends to nearly 7,000 partner agencies, comprised of over a million staff working in 200 countries and territories. This month the Network will host an event looking at the future of NGOs, where Ken Banks will give a short talk. You can read more about the event here
June 2014: Means of Exchange talk at Guardian Activate
Activate is the Guardian's platform for digital innovators who are using technology to reshape the way we think and experience the world. The focus this year is on money, and whether it has the same value to society as it did in the past. kiwanja's Ken Banks will be talking about his work on Means of Exchange, and share thoughts on the challenges facing the sustainability and alternative economy movements. You can read more about the event on the Activate website
June 2014: kiwanja at Deutsche Welle's 'Global Media Forum'
The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is a congress with international reach. Having steadily grown since its launch in 2008, more than 2,500 people from 132 nations attended the most recent conference in June 2013. This year, kiwanja will be taking part in a panel on "M-powering society: How mobile technology is changing society". You can read more on the conference website here
May 2014: Ken Banks writes for "Virgin Disruptors"
"Through rich content and intelligent debate, Virgin Disruptors aims to tackle hot topics in the music, travel and entrepreneur sectors and feature disruptive innovators who are changing the game for good". Through his association with Ashoka, kiwanja's Ken Banks was invited to join the debate. You can read his piece - "Innovation out of necessity is alive and well" - on the Virgin website here
May 2014: Interview with National Geographic Learning
Ken Banks was recently interviewed by National Geographic Learning as part of their research for an article looking at mobile technology, innovation and social change. You can read "Can a Mobile Spark Development?" here
May 2014: kiwanja to give keynote at conservation conference
Ken Banks has been invited to give a keynote address at the forthcoming "Digital Conservation" international conference taking place in Aberdeen this month. The event is billed as the "first major international conference on the rapidly growing field of digital applications in nature conservation". Further details of the keynote, and the wider conference, are available on the event website
April 2014: Ken Banks writes for Virgin Unite on entrepreneurship
"Each year, hundreds – if not thousands – of engaged students walk through the doors of schools, colleges and universities around the world eager to learn the art of social change. But is this the best approach? Does turning social entrepreneurship into an academic discipline give out the right message?". This is the question tackled in kiwanja's guest piece for the Virgin Unite series on entrepreneurship. You can read the full article here
April 2014: Book talk slated for US conference this month
Switchpoint 2014 will take place at the award-winning Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, where innovators and big thinkers in the fields of technology, media, communications, development, global health, the arts, and business come together with one goal in mind - to find new ways to spark innovations that will save lives in the developing world. kiwanja's Ken Banks has been invited to the event to speak about his new book, "The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator". More on the conference website here
March 2014: kiwanja interviewed by New Scientist
kiwanja's Ken Banks was recently interviewed by journalists at the New Scientist as part of their research for an article on the use of drones and balloons to provide Internet access to the last billion people across the developing world. "Big tech firms like Facebook and Google want to bring the internet to the poor world, but their high-flying access points can be only part of the solution". Read the full article here
March 2014: Talking 'development outside the system'
Ken Banks has written a new article for the Guardian Activate website. Building on the ideas behind "The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator", the article looks at the emergence of development 'outside' the system, and how the rise of hackers, fixers and lone rangers is challenging the way international development is thought about, and done. You can read the article on the Guardian website here
March 2014: Ken Banks to speak at 'Game Changers Summit'
Hosted by United Methodist Communications, the 'Game Changers Summit' will demonstrate how information and communications technology can be used to improve all facets of life. The focus? Helping parts of the world left behind by the technological revolution, to solve problems in education, wellness and community development with cutting edge communications tools. Further details on the Summit website here
February 2014: kiwanja book tops Amazon charts
This month, kiwanja's latest book - "The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator" - hit top spot in Amazon's 'Development Studies' best sellers chart. Check out this brief blog post, or check out the book's Amazon page here
February 2014: kiwanja to sit on government Digital Advisory Panel
kiwanja's Founder, Ken Banks, has been invited by the British Government to join the Department for International Development's new "Digital Advisory Panel". The Panel will be made up of senior experts from the technology sector, academia, NGOs and government and will help DFID make best use of current and emerging technology in its international development work. Further details are available on the DFID website here
February 2014: Canada book talk this April
"Propelling Social Ventures 2014" will bring together social entrepreneurs, the business community, policy makers and innovators to explore how social ventures are developing from ideas to real impact in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond. As part of the conference, Ken Banks will talk about his new book, and the role of 'reluctant innovators' in solving some of society's bigger problems. Further details on the conference website here
January 2014: Book review in Cambridge Business Magazine
Cambridge Business Magazine is the premier business publication for the region. Mike Scialom selected kiwanja's new book for review in the Business Books section in the January/February edition of the magazine.
"The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator is the most complete collection of stories about technology-driven social innovation available to date - each written with refreshing honesty by first-generation community-based entrepreneurs". A PDF of the full book review is available here
January 2014: kiwanja talk on development at Cambridge University
This month, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) at Cambridge University launches a new practitioner seminar series, partnering with expert speakers from key organisations to delve into the gritty realities of what working in fields like human rights and international development really involves. For their first seminar, CGHR have invited Ken Banks to talk about his work in international development, spanning two decades. More on the university website here
January 2014: Ken Banks to give keynote at Oxford conference
kiwanja's Ken Banks has been invited to give a keynote address at this year's Oxford Forum for International Development. The Forum is the UK's highest profile student-led conference on development issues, bringing hundreds of students together with global decision makers. You can read more about the conference on the OxFiD website here
January 2014: Ken Banks to address Imperial College conference
Ken Banks will be speaking at Imperial College next month at an event which focuses on harnessing youth power and science and technology for social change. Further details will be made available on the conference website in the coming weeks