I’ve been talking about this for a while…but here it is, finally.
A few articles from the past week dwelled on the good things going on in Africa. Here they are:
Xan Rice describes how Lagos has overcome(/is overcoming) its negative reputations Africa: Lessons from Lagos - The Financial Times
Nadine Botha describes a new ad campaign in Cape Town. Tweets for Sweets - CoolHunting.com
A few weeks ago I wrote on Cool Hunting about Alicia Sully and Sebastian Lindstrom’s incognito trip to Somalia to launch TEDx Mogadishu. Well, a few of the talks are now online if you missed the live feed. They’re well worth a glance:
My first post for the Royal African Society in London’s African Arguments Blog.
In February I was honored with being invited to be on the board of the What Took You So Long Foundation, a group of “Disruptive Filmmakers” who help NGO’s around the world, and who I am happy to call my friends.
Last month WTYSL was hired to be the video team covering TEDxSummit in Doha. One of their videos from the summit, one with Hans Rosling is up, and its soundtrack features my favorite geeky African band, Just a Band.
If you want to learn more about WTYSL, don’t hesitate to ask me. If you want to join the team on one of the projects around the world, we can also try to make that happen!
Follow their Twitter account @wtysl
Sebastian Lindstrom @SebLindstrom
Alicia Sully @aLiciAsuLLy
Philippa Young @_philippayoung_
17 years after the official end of Apartheid…it is still quite a challenge to imagine a real place where everyone can go, and by foot.
This is my newest project. Phil Sandick is helping to co-tackle it.
From our about page:
African Lookbook is an experiment of discourse through oral histories and collaborations with creative individuals and collectives. Our interviews are primary sources on topics you typically won’t find in a journalistic interview.
What we tell people before we interview them (informed by oral history methodology):
The interview is yours. We have questions, but ultimately this is a chance to hear you talk about your personal narrative. Our first questions are always biographical, and we then shift into more contemporary issues around your work. In total, these interviews often run an hour or more. We will transcribe all interviews and make the PDF available on the site to support academic research. We will feature excerpts on the website. Nothing will be published until you sign off on the transcription – unless you give us permission beforehand.
Our interviews are complemented by an online shop. We recognize the inherent problems involved in the selection of both interviewees and products; our solution is to cast as wide of a net as possible given our limited resources. Accordingly, we actively seek out what we consider to be the best of African design and make it available worldwide – often for the first time. Our ideal audience appreciates the intersubjectivity of consumption.
Aaron Philip Kohn, Co-Founder
Philip Aaron Sandick, Co-Founder