Steve Daniels on Remarkable Innovation in Kenya's Informal Economy (Podcast)
In the US, do-it-yourself culture is counter culture, a playful middle finger to the silos of cookie-cutter consumerism (just look at Maker Faire). But in Africa, nearly everyone's a DIY-er to some degree. Steve Daniels became fascinated with the Jua Kali, workers in the informal production clusters of Kenya. From these buzzing nodes of creativity has sprung a torrent of innovation, but more than that, a new model for industrialization in the developing world. Daniels discusses his book, Making Do, and heros like William Kamkwamba, the famous windmill maker.