In the days before the annual PopTech Conference the Alphachimp team worked with the scientists and social innovators as part of the PopTech Fellows Program.
Aging is a disruptive force in many countries and economies. However, global aging is not simply a story of ‘more.’ The new disruptive demographics of aging is not your grandfather's old age.
In 1900, life expectancy for much of the industrialized world was under 50. Today, living well into one's 70s, 80s and beyond can be expected. How will we spend and make the most of our 30-year longevity bonus?
These new demographics require a radical new view of the changing definition of "old age" and the impact upon society, business strategy and innovation.
We are very excited to share a video from our 2012 collaboration with ZanaAfrica, a Kenyan non-profit founded founded by 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow Megan Mukuria. ZanaAfrica empowers Kenyan girls to break cycles of poverty through simple, sustainable solutions. They are developing eco-friendly sanitary pads to provide to young women in Kenya, and they provide health education so that girls can stay in school with confidence.
In early February, Alphachimp's Creative Director, Peter Durand, will be traveling to Kenya to participate in the PopTech Climate Resilience Lab.
For many of the world’s poorest communities, the adverse effects of climate change are no longer a future possibility; they are a present reality. The poverty, dislocation, health crises, resource conflicts, food scarcity and economic harm that climate change engenders threaten to undo many of the humanitarian gains of the past 30 years.
My favorite time of year... at my favorite event of the year... with my favorite group of young entrepreneurs: The PopTech Social Innovation Fellows.
This program helps equip these world-changing innovators with the tools, insights, visibility and social network that can help them scale their impacts to new heights. They are exposed to leading experts in communication, presentation design, design research, fundraising, operations and organizational design.
Our tour guide points to a nightclub with a brown awning and the windows sealed up with cinderblocks.
He points as we roll by in the minivan. "That's where a lot of things start that end up with someone getting shot."
After scanning the intersection, he slowly turns right. "The nightclub and the high school, stuff starts in those two places and ends up getting finished in the street."
Our guide is a "violence interrupter" for Cease Fire.