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Sunday, March 9 • 11:30am - 11:50am
The Bright Continent: Not Your Mama's Africa

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We used to have a “first” and “third world.” Political correctness brought us “global north” and “global south,” “developed” and “developing.” The Bright Continent introduces “fat” and “lean.” While wealthy economies like the US and EU bounce between bloat and austerity, lean economies in Africa long ago figured out how to do more with less. The cradle of civilization, it turns out, is an innovation factory. The evidence is mounting: Africa pioneered the biggest and best mobile banking services—turning cell phones into ATMs. Africa leads the global race to sell clean energy. Africa has rewritten the education playbook. Africa is building its own healthcare systems, movie industries, and affordable housing. The region hosts 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s the youngest by far. Reading from her reporting across sub-Saharan Africa, the author will distill the ingredients of lean innovation, and explain how they apply to anyone trying to shape the 21st century.

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Sunday March 9, 2014 11:30am - 11:50am CDT
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom G

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