November 24, 2011, 09:34PM
The Challenge1495 followers
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Share your definition of what vibrancy looks like where you live. Find out more...
Tell us about the cities and communities you know are currently struggling or in the process of revitalising. Find out more...
Interview someone living in a struggling city or region to learn more. Find out more...
Take some time to get active and explore your own community – then report back what you learned. Find out more...
Got an Inspiration that doesn't fit the other Missions? Find out more...
Mission #4 Get Active Find out more...
Affordable technical product design training for entrepreneurshipYou don't and shouldn't need to have a 4-year engineering degree to build a modern invention that is commercially viable. Fab Labs around the world, including Kenya, rural India, inner-city Boston, provides people affordable means to invention. Fab Lab (short for Fabrications Lab - but what a fabulous name, eh?) has a mission to offer affordable short-term training modules that introduce people to the tools and knowledge that they need to design and create products. Fab Lab also links inventors to investors and mentors who can help them with creating the business plan for their prototypes.
Looking at blogs such as Afrigadget which showcases Kenyan local ingenuity, it's clear that people everywhere have the creativity and insight to create solutions that address their needs, but what they need is help in making their inventions commercially viable.
I believe that a key component of economic development is creating an infrastructure that breaks down the barriers to access to financial capital and knowledge/tools for people.