Written by Robert Mureithi
Sunday 3rd October 2010
On the third and final day of the Story Moja Hay festival I attended;
The British Council Marquee: Hay on Earth-Future Scenario’s. This discourse was lead by Andy Middleton and Anjali Saini. Among the issues discussed here were getting the product right before taking it to the market as opposed to what happens i.e. the reverse!
Andy Middleton talked about innovations especially in tourism circles. A case in point is innovation in Wales’s camp sites.
Andy Middleton also talked on how technology platforms can be used to bring people together to make things cheaper. A good example is in the design of cars. Technology platforms have been used to design cars at a much lower price and the end product is far much better as opposed to current models.
Andy also talked of how they have created a club called Club 1. Club 1 goal is to plough 1% of all the revenues of a company or 2.5 working days to charity. Through such endeavours it is possible to change the way the planet looks like.
Anjali Saini talked of eco-tourism. She had been involved in a venture to rate tourist resorts in terms of how best they were eco-friendly. The resorts had not changed with the times BUT are now forced by operators from Europe to be rated so that they can conduct business with them. A classic case of change from the top as opposed from the bottom!
We, the audience, also participated in the thought provoking debate.
One of the resolutions of attending this discourse was to travel widely in my country.
In the Afternoon I visited the Tandaa ICT Board Tent where Al Kags and Jane Delorie lead a discussion on the Colour of philanthropy.
Al Kags took us through the procedure KCDF goes through in setting up a community project. This procedure involves;
- A discussion with the community on the problems they have as opposed to implementing a project without getting the opinions of the community
- Asking the community why they have not done the said project
- Asking the community what it can contribute ‘if’ KCDF was to assist them to implement the project
- Getting an expert to the community to enrich the discussion at the community level and to better inform the community
- Getting the community to contribute to the project through fund raising, housing the experts during the implementation of the project. Thus, keeping to a bare minimum.
- Getting to know how the community will look after a project once complete
Afterwards we had a though provoking discussion lead by Al Kags who fronted this question. How come not many Kenyan’s contribute to charity?
At 1600hrs I headed back to the British Council Marquee for ‘Verse of Fire’. This was a conversation with poets; Benjamin Zephaniah, Tony Mochama, Njeri Wangari and moderated by Keguro Macharia.
This was a thought provoking session and we got to enjoy more poetry from the entire panellist who recited their works.
Thereafter, I got to attend the US Embassy Stage where I was able to catch some story telling extravaganza from Mshai Mwagola, Eric Omondi and Moses the winner of the Story telling competition.
Story Moja Hay Festival is a good thing we have and I hope Kenyan people will get to appreciate books. I had myself a good time and I look forward to next year’s festival.
Njathika blogs at: http://njathika.blogspot.com/