I am a huge fan of William Kamkwamba, aka "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and have written about him since I first heard his remarkable story a few years ago.
He was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night and did a great job. Watch this.
I was particularly struck when William talked about the first time he used Google. He searched for "windmill", found millions of results, and asked "where has Google been all this time!?" I definitely take it for granted that I have access to a mind-blowing amount of information every day through my laptop. William grew up in a world without the Internet, in a world where if you don't have enough money, you don't go to school. He was able to make a working windmill from information he found in old middle school text books so his family could have light after it got dark in his village. Imagine what he could have done if he had been able to jump on Google. The world needs initiatives like One Laptop Per Child;
I understand that even more after seeing William talk to Jon Stewart.
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William Kamkwamba on the Daily Show
The Malawian inventor who built a windmill at the age of 14 stopped in last night for a visit with the Daily Show's Jon Stewart.