The day is finally here, when all of the research you’ve seen on this site (and more!) has been integrated into a beautiful, edible little package called Making Do: Innovation in Kenya’s Informal Economy! You can read the book online for free and in print at cost. For a limited time, you can get free shipping on the book and 20% off the cost at Lulu with the coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL.
It is my hope that this book deepens conversations related to humanitarian design, the informal economy, and industrialization. I welcome your responses and feedback, and please help spread the word!
After years of research, writing, and designing I am excited to announce that Making Do: Innovation in Kenya’s Informal Economy will be released next week on Tuesday, August 10th!
The book is an investigation into the systems of innovation—the processes, networks, and barriers—among Kenya’s informal makers, known as jua kali. The work is based on the research I have conducted in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa, much of which has been documented on this site. It is written for a general audience with photographs, infographics, and case studies, but will be especially useful to practitioners of fields related to development and technology.
Making Do will be available online for free and in print at cost. I hope to share my insights with as many people as possible in the hopes of provoking conversation and motivating action. Please spread the word!
Until Tuesday, catch a sneak preview.
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.
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