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African Innovation

Lean Innovation: African Style

Innovation in Africa looks different. Entrepreneurs tackle big, serious problems: malaria, sanitation, and childbirth, problems we don’t have. So what can we learn from African innovation? Cut the fat, and think lean. Thinking lean is about intentionally working with less…

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Bike Paths That Power Homes

What if bike paths could generate energy or empty shipping containers could be transformed to grow lettuce? Forward-thinking innovators find nuggets in the neglected and forgotten. They have a knack for repurposing everyday items. Local government teamed up with Dutch…

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