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Iqbal Quadir on TEDTalks: The impact one cell phone can make on a village
Category: Social Development | By RotaryGlobal, 17-Sep-2010 | Viewed 2951  Comments 0 | Original Source
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Iqbal Quadir
This was a great TED Talk, inspiring like most. It made me wonder about cell phones as a security system, where a specific "Alarm" text message can be sent by anyone in the village to a specific Twitter account, then gets broadcasted instantly to everyone else. Cell phones, through texting can also act as a journaling, or micro-blogging mechanism, bridging the gap to global communities.

"Iqbal Quadir is co-founder of GrameenPhone, an innovative wireless company offering services to poor rural villages in Bangladesh. In this talk, he explains the triple impact of cell phone service in rural areas (connecting the village to the world, creating business opportunities, and generating over time a culture of entrepreneurship.) He also relates his personal "A-ha moment," when he understood that "connectivity is productivity." (Recorded July 2005 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 16:37)"

See the TED Talk here: http://blog.ted.com/2006/10/10/iqbal_quadir_on/
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