Mail from Martin at Future Business
I hope this will be of interest for local sourcing and more.
You may have heard of Ken Banks, an award-winning social entrepreneur who is best known for his work creating FrontlineSMS, a highly successful text messaging platform used for a wide variety of development applications throughout Africa and beyond.
He is also behind the cash mob concept.
He is currently working on a new idea which Future Business would like to help him develop, and to do so he needs to connect with the widest range of people possible at this point – both because the project requires a diverse range of expertise, and because Ken’s approach is collaborative.
The new project is called Means of Exchange, and it seeks to leverage everyday technologies to help people reconnect with local business, local resources, and each other. As the current economic crisis demonstrates, cycles of turbulence and disruption are now part of everyday life. Means of Exchange seeks to help buffer people from economic shock, and to help build resilience among communities. You can read more on the website, and watch a ten minute talk, at http://www.meansofexchange.com
I’m contacting you because I think your group includes the kind of people that Ken needs to hear from. He’s helpfully listed the types of expertise and background that would be really helpful at this point. Hopefully you will recognise yourself in one or more of the categories. And crucially you will be able to suggest others who fit the descriptions:
We are aiming to hold a single session to brainstorm the project and how it could be helped to launch successfully. Outline currently along these lines:
5.30/6pm start for max 2 hours, with food and drink
Last week of November – eg. 26, 27, 28, 29 TBC
Venue Cambridge TBC
Please let us know whether you are interested in attending in principle, and we will include you in the date setting. We hope you can come. And please suggest and pass on to others who have the skills listed.
Many thanks for your help.