My Incentive to be Creative

Innovation is about technicality and creativity. Innovation is about Depth of understanding and Breadth of expression. Recently I talked about different incentive models for societies or individuals to participate in certain causes. Now I’ll put my incentive to create and innovate in words, as a sincere declaration of myself and a reminder to myself.

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Incentives, tools and challenges for Social Cooperation

As I continue working on “Aba” (news peer-to-peer) and Sintu (Crowdsourcing of African Oral Literature) I realize some challenges and promising incentives in getting people to participate ( social cooperation). Both these mobile apps rely on the users’ participation. The strength and utility of the mobile apps increases the more users adopt the apps. For any change to be done in society, for new discoveries to be made there must be incentive — but how is incentive created? Are there models for creating incentives? Can one incentivize society into a radical change?

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The Law: Right vs Wrong — The wrong question to the right answer

Sometimes laws are kept yet society still seems broken — jobs are scarce, wages are low, food is quite expensive, housing is hard to find, things  simply still go wrong. Whether it be corruption, tax loopholes, or social injustice it seems the law doesn’t always preserve right. What then is the purpose of the Law? Is the purpose of the law to determine what’s good or bad or what’s  right or wrong? I don’t think so. Certainly it must observable that the law is blind by nature, it cannot on its own determine between right or wrong. The law can only determine what’s legal or illegal. Legality, in practice, is different from morality.

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How technology can improve the state of the world – Kofi Annan

In his speech at the MIT Media Lab 30th Anniversary, Anann addresses two key ingredients to improving the state of the world: Technology + Political will. These ingredients particularly hold true to the African continent which by the year 2050 will double its population to 2.4 billion. We shouldn’t be threatened by the growth and the pending challenges — technology (in particular infrastructure-free communication + big data) and adequate political (systems of accountability) are realistic means to improve the state of the world.

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