8 billion connected devices.
3 billion internet users.
220 million tons of trashed computers in the US every year.
And all it took to create the internet was this:
While HP, Microsoft and Apple were all created in a place that looked a bit like this:
This is our challenge.
So much creative power is untapped worldwide – yet tech’s promethean, mind-expanding fire is often closed and sealed in Silicon Valley hubs.
Innovation never has been and never will be a skill or a talent, closely controlled and meticulously maintained by members of an exclusive community. It is always there: unheard, unseen; and all we need is a spark.
What do you need to innovate?
How about a flower blooming? This family made a stop motion with their Kano, to capture the birth of a flower, while its petals are springing from inside its womb.
Look around: hundreds of materials are at your disposal. Play, tinker and shape until your mind and senses are content. A teen from the US made a game console powered by a car outlet.
The path to creation doesn’t always have to be a lonely one. Sometimes two minds think better than just one, and a classroom in Tallahassee proved just that when they made weather stations with their Kano computers.
Encouragement and support
When Mark ordered some Kanos to take to a school in Malawi, the teachers were thrilled to get their hands on these cheap, easy to make, intuitive devices. Unfortunately, they were involved in a car accident on the way to the school and the Kano suitcase flew out of the car. Happily, the teachers quickly recovered and were surprised to find out that a few days later the students were already plugging in and playing away with their Kanos!
Many a time creation and making a difference go hand in hand. South African students are using Kano in JCSE, which aims at creating jobs for the country, and turning Joburg into a fast growing world centre. They learn how to code and with that they create a future, not just for themselves, but also for their peers and children.
We tend to have an intolerance to failure because we think of it as an unworthy ending to our story. How do we evolve if we do not fail? Practice makes perfect, our mind adjusts and ultimately we can call failure just an ‘attempt’. Without practice these beautiful leaves would not have been made using simple code and beautiful symmetry.
This type of magic, the magic that Kano users come up with, is what fuels our own innovative fire everyday. Not only does it inspire us, but it also shows us how the tool that you helped us develop sometimes does lead to teamwork and encouragement and it drives our cause which we set off to serve. Here’s to many more years of experience and here’s to our ever-growing community of tinkerers!