HIV is one of those things I’ve read about and seen on the news, but haven’t put a face to. After today, that’s no longer true. While the debate rages on whether Africa should receive money for treatment (high cost, save a few lives) or prevention (low cost, save many future lives), actually meeting AIDS victims makes it all very real.
Jemima is one of the first people in the area to publicly announce her positive status, reducing the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. These days, more people talk about AIDS openly through euphemisms like “He’s positive” or “I know my status.” Jemima now runs a women’s group of positive widows who have not been taken in by their husbands’ relatives, as tradition generally requires. The women engage in various farming and other income-generating activities. They appear extremely content with their lives and are thankful for the support and livelihood provided by the group. They are a testament to the power of living with a positive outlook.
Making Do is an investigation into systems of innovation in Kenya's informal economy. Learn more and read the book online or in print here.
I'm Steve Daniels. I study the transformative impact of technology on individuals and societies. I am the founder of the Better World by Design conference at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design and Analogue Digital, a publisher of content related to global cultures of technology. Currently, I work at IBM Research, where I study mobile social computing in emerging markets.
I am particularly interested in how people create, adapt, and use technology in resource-constrained environments, which I have written about in Making Do: Innovation in Kenya's Informal Economy.
- Emerging Futures Lab
- Future Perfect
- Information Aesthetics
- Maker Faire Africa
- Smarter Planet
- Timbuktu Chronicles
- White African