10 trends in open innovation: How to leverage social media for new forms of cooperation

Edited by Christian Kreutz, Jan Schwaab, Christian Gmelin
Published by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, 2015

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Social Media have by now spread to all corners of the world, including the remotest areas in Africa. They have changed our personal and professional communication, our news and consumption habits and the way we share information. New markets and industries are emerging as these technologies, in particular mobile internet services, are now globally accessible. Whilst these creative and digital industries are driven by the Internet, they also require physical space to evolve. Creating such space as well as physical social networks 3 is crucial for digital innovation, especially in spots where edging technology communities are just beginning to evolve, like Addis Ababa or Dar es Salaam. Beyond the bad news about famines and civil wars, Africa is also undergoing a profound telecoms and IT boom that sees young entrepreneurs invent anything from mobile payment systems to rooftop gardens.

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