So I’ve tinkered in a lot of activism / tree-hugging / save the world type endeavors in the last few (or more) years most of which have not achieved the notoriety of Mzalendo or Ushahidi…largely because I’ve been unable to clone myself, sometimes inertia, and then there’s that pesky problem of paying the bills. I’m also paradoxically risk averse (hello..I’m a lawyer) so I think the challenge of starting something from scratch rather than jumping on to an existing initiative was something I tried to dodge.
Nevertheless, I’ve always wanted to see my efforts become more than a one/two person show and grow to something more sustained/able and more impactful…I’m happy to see that things are getting their with at least one thing – Ushahidi (and hopefully soon Mzalendo). This is in no small part due to the wonderful team that coalesced (almost magically I might add) around the project – we are building something great and demonstrating to the world that we’ve got mad skills in Africa…how can you beat that
It’s been a wonderful and very much unexpected journey so far and for me it’s been very much like what I imagine starting a business would be (at least I treat it that way). I’m discovering new skills and enjoying the “start-up” process… and who knows maybe there is an entrepreneur buried somewhere deep inside me (not!).
This is a very long-winded way of saying please check out the relaunched Ushahidi website, learn about the work we will be doing, and read more about the grant funding that we have secured from Humanity United, which has allowed us to build a talented team that will focus on growing Ushahidi.