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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: Book talk slated for US conference this April

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


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


February 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 May. 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, will be made available nearer the time


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

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