William Kamkwamba

December 30, 2010

If you have not seen this story, you really should.

If  you have seen it, you should see it again,  now that we are on the threshold of a new year.  Serious inspiration and hope here.

William delivered his message in a TED forum. Quote:

“After I drop out from school, I went to library, and I read a book titled, “Using Energy”. And I get information about windmill. And I try and I made it.”

That was 2007. Here he is in 2009.

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7 Responses to “William Kamkwamba”

  1. BlueRock Says:

    Inspirational. A beautiful story.

  2. otter17 Says:

    I had not seen these videos before. Quite amazing how resourceful humans can be when in a pinch.

    If only the entirety of the developed world had such ambition. We would have sources of energy suitable for passing down to our great grandchildren and beyond.

    Oh, and one of the great things about renewable energy is that it scales down very well to fit into a rural lifestyle. Many in the third world are using much of their time and money to procure a supply of fossil fuels (kerosene for lamps, etc). On the other hand, renewables can allow a small community or family to make the initial investment, but rarely have to worry about their source of power, except for routine maintenance.

    This guy is awesome.


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