When dreams do come true

As a young boy I would never have anticipated that I will ever have the opportunity to visit places outside of Cape Town due to circumstances that prevented it. But as with most young people I had a dream to travel and to make a difference. The journey of that dream started 3 years ago when I was divinely inspired to use my talents and story to impact the life of another person through providing hope. It was there on the Cape Flats in Bridgetown that we started a movement with a few community champions, with little resources, people who mostly had no formal education, were the least qualified by world standards but had so much passion for change in their communities and their stories of hope that started this Social Revolution.

Fast forward three years and the movement is in 5 other countries and now for the next chapter RLabs being launched in Asia. This trip to Asia was one of so much excitement and being my first time here was something that I did not expect. Although only here for a few days I managed to adopt Singapore as my new home country, learned some Singlish “Singaporean English” and to eat with chopsticks as well as meet the most amazing and talented group of people.


It was when the realisation kicked in after a few hours what has just transpired at the RLabs Asia launch that one of my dreams has just come true. It was not about the travelling or seeing new places that impacted me, but most of all it was seeing a group of young people in another part of the world being empowered and being hopeful of their future that really got me going. Through this movement and Social Revolution it is seeing a generation who are so in tune with the latest technologies and yet have a heart for change that will ensure the reconstruction of nations through Innovation.

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RLabs Space Launch

Last week we’ve had an exciting time at the launch of the RLabs Social Innovation Space. The space will be used for the RLabs Academy, Research Institute, Community Work, Developing of new products and services as well as an Innovation Incubator that will allow the growth of community ideas into products. It was at the end of the launch that the space was opened to the public and the Social Revolution has officially begun…

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The Social Revolution: Rise of the Mobile Phone

I just presented at the first Betavine Developer’s Day and some interesting statistics below:

- Expected global mobile users are 5 Billion at the end of 2010
- 91% of mobile phone users go online to socialize compared to only 79% of PC users
- 25% Facebook Mobile users
- Women express themselves more than Men via mobile phones
- 60% are likely to use mobile phones for transactions
- Elderly are more eager to learn mobile phones than PCs
- Youth are expert users and more likely to buy
- 60% are likely to use mobile phones for transactions

Vodacom in partnership with RLabs have a Community Information Challenge for 2010 where we are looking for Mobile Innovators. More information about the challenge here.

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