Life really is about human interaction and the best things we’re able to create are done together. So our team at Funzi wanted to understand how mobile learning can support the growth of real-life communities. That was the key aspect in mind for us when we set out to build the Funzi Community and Ambassador Program. We also wanted to build a deeper relationship with our users, to find out what about Funzi works, and what we can improve - because of course you, our users, know it best!
Funzi to deliver mobile learning services to UNDP Syria in 2017 to help strengthen the resilience and socio-economic stabilization of individuals and communities in Syria. The goal of the partnership is to help achieve UNDP Syria country program objective by promoting long-term participation, sustainability, and self-reliance of UNDP local partners.
This blog was originally published on the OECD Forum Network here.
The world is changing rapidly, and along with it, the working life. Industrialization, globalization, digitization, robotization - these are all making old jobs obsolete and thus, deepening the unemployment challenges our societies face. So how do we overcome these problems? Entrepreneurship is a buzzword and it is mentioned in multiple fora as a critical component of the solution. Increasingly, it comes with the prefix “inclusive”. What is inclusive entrepreneurship?
Traditional business textbooks suggest that it’s logical to build your presence at your home market first, and then expand abroad. There’s less risk, fewer resources needed, less research that needs to be carried out; it’s a “risk-averse” strategy, or in some cases probably a “smart” strategy. In a Clarkson (2015) article on how to start a global business, the Founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, states that “launching your brand overseas will be hugely expensive, and finding distributors and retailers that are willing to take on an unknown brand will be extremely difficult”, so in other words, first start local and build a strong brand presence at home.
But why do some companies go big before they go home? Why did Funzi?
Did you know that good health and wellness is included in the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development?
Here at Funzi, we’re all about helping others lead healthy and happy lives (That’s also why we’re always doing sports and yoga on our team days!). So what better way to help others live happy and healthy lives than by launching our very own Health and Wellness courses?
Following our dreams can often be scary; especially when there are so many uncertainties. What will others think of me? Are there tools that can help me achieve my dream? Will my dream job allow me to make a living? It’s hard to take a risk and make that leap of faith to follow our true dream career. So sadly, for most of us, that dream remains a dream.
Reality can be harsh.
Many are satisfied and feel fortunate just to even have a job where they can provide for themselves and their families. But, if you are grinding your days away in a job you have no passion for, I would like to invite you to dream a little further: how could you earn a living from doing a job you love?
The Funzi Ambassador Program Kenya was launched on July 12th, 2017 at iHub in Nairobi. We had inspiring conversations about the current state and future of learning, as well as how to advance a growth mindset and the mentality of lifelong learning.
The Funzi Community and Ambassador concept was piloted in Nigeria in 2016. Our Ambassadors have taken initiative to host several events in Nigeria to work towards building supportive learning communities. They have also helped us gain a better understanding of how Funzi can be useful in our users’ lives.
Most working in the tech industry are familiar with the concept of the technology evangelist. A person that takes the technology, product, or service that a company develops, creates a story around it, and roams the world, making everyone aware - and a fan - of that tech, product, or service. Globally, famous service and technology evangelists include Steve Jobs, Guy Kawasaki, Dan’l Lewin, and my fellow Finn, Peter Vesterbacka.
Technology evangelism has nothing to do with religion
A technology evangelist is a person who builds a critical mass of support for a given product or technology, and then seeks to establish it as a technical standard in a market that is subject to network effects. Not all technologies succeed or survive and that makes the job of the evangelist often lonely and always challenging. Especially when you work in a startup that has limited resources and is always in a hurry.