William Kamkwamba – The boy that harvested the wind

William Kamkwamba – The boy that harvested the wind

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

This TED talk had a serious impact on me. Certainly one of the most thought provoking pieces of media I have watched. It has really made me think about what I do and how I do it. William is inspiring, he is a beacon for us all. A lesson that by educating ourselves and being determined we can make things happen, make really change happen. I am sure there are millions of stories out there similar, this is the one I came across and I am glad I did.

Simply incredible. There hasn’t been a day since watching this, where I haven’t thought about what William had to over come to get to his goal. It puts our lives into true perspective. I just wish I hadn’t been watching it on a packed commuter train and at the end said out loud, ‘Amazing’. I then told the poor guy next to me about TED.

I hope it has the same effect on you as it had on me. Check out Williams blog

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