I’m incredibly excited to present this version of Fast Company (SA) digital magazine which was produced under lockdown due to COVID-19. Literally everyone who worked on this publication was Working From Home and connecting via tools such as Slack, Zoom, Google Hangout, Google Drive and WhatsApp. Read more on those tools on our Work From Home Guide. This is the kind of magazine that you will want to keep for a very long time. It is designed to evolve over time as new updated information becomes available. In this issue of World Changing Ideas we focus on some of the ideas that are impacting our lives today.
There’s no doubt in my mind that ideas matter. You have to read this special edition of Fast Company to appreciate the value of ideas. In it you will learn how innovations that we use today and some of which are making a difference did not fall off from the sky. Someone had to experience pain, challenges or confront an obstacle and thereafter figure out a way out which ultimately became an idea. This reality about ideas inspired the choice of our cover feature which focuses on the value of ideas through the lens of the “Please Call Me Idea”.
This is an idea that has dominated debate for years in South Africa. It is an idea that will shape the future of ideas in South Africa, at least their economic value. In this issue of Fast Company, we focus on the factors that should determine the value of this idea. At the same time we try to acknowledge the role of its inventor who was denied such a credit.
We also take a look at some of the founders (Slack and Zoom) whose inventions allowed us to keep working from home during lockdown. Eric Yuan’s story, about founding Zoom, is a testimony to the fact that it is possible to be inspired by a personal need and create a solution that addresses such a need for everyone.
It is my hope that this issue of FC will increase your appreciation of ideas and people behind them. More importantly, I hope it inspires you to come up with ideas that can change the world. We were inspired to come with one.
During our first virtual event on e-learning (you can watch it below) we were informed by a school principal, Mr Mike Mavovana) that some learners at Hector Peterson Secondary School are still unable to access learning material even though the school is using Google Classroom.
“This is the kind of magazine that you will want to keep for a very long time”
OUR IDEA – THE DIGITAL BRIDGE
We came up with an idea of establishing a programme (Digital Bridge) that will get our readers to donate their unused devices to these learners to use for learning. At this stage the programme is in pilot phase. If successful we would like to roll it out to other schools to enable school learners with no devices to have access to devices for learning. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to invite you to make a difference by donating your unused and old device to these learners by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on how to donate a device.
Enjoy and be inspired.
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