South­ern In­no­va­tor: The 5-is­sue Mile­stone

The 5-is­sue Mile­stone

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The fourth is­sue of South­ern In­no­va­tor (south­ernin­no­va­tor.org) was launched in Oc­to­ber 2013 at the Global South-south De­vel­op­ment Expo (south­southexpo.org) held in Nairobi, Kenya at the head­quar­ters of the United Na­tion’s En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme (UNEP) (unep.org). The first is­sue of South­ern In­no­va­tor was inspired in part by the many de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place in Kenya’s mo­bile phones and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy space, and it seemed fit­ting to see the fourth is­sue, on cities and ur­ban­iza­tion, launched in Kenya. The mag­a­zine’s jour­ney, from its pro­to­type de­vel­op­ment in 2010, to its “soft launch” in early 2011, un­til the first is­sue’s print launch in Septem­ber 2011, in­volved ex­ten­sive re­search and re­vi­sion to find the best­for­mat for com­mu­ni­cat­ing these sto­ries of in­no­va­tion from the global South. It was a plea­sure to re­ceive pos­i­tive com­ments from our read­ers about that first is­sue and it helped us to con­tinue to re­fine and im­prove the mag­a­zine over the fol­low­ing is­sues. Ex­am­ples of com­ments in­clude: “What a tremen­dous mag­a­zine your team has pro­duced! It’s a ter­rific tour de force of what is in­ter­est­ing, cut­ting edge and rel­e­vant in the global mo­bile/ict space... Re­ally look­ing for­ward to what you pro­duce in is­sues #2 and #3. This is great, en­gag­ing, rel­e­vant and top­i­cal stuff.”, and “Looks great. Con­grat­u­la­tions. It’s Brill’s Con­tent for the 21st cen­tury!”

The mag­a­zine has tried to em­brace the cul­ture of in­no­va­tion in its pro­duc­tion and de­vel­op­ment and also be as “green” as pos­si­ble. For ex­am­ple, all the mag­a­zine’s de­sign and lay­out are done us­ing energy de­rived from re­new­able energy sources, and the pa­per on which it is printed is from sus­tain­able for­est re­sources.

On these pages, we show how the ini­tial cover de­sign de­vel­oped.

We are proud to present the fifth is­sue and hope that it is a joy to read and use­ful for your work!

South­ern In­no­va­tor was first launched as an e-mag­a­zine in May 2011. It was the cul­mi­na­tion of sev­eral years’ worth of re­search and ex­ten­sive test­ing and pro­to­typ­ing. The idea was to cre­ate a mag­a­zine that would celebrate the grow­ing global in­no­va­tor cul­ture that was ac­cel­er­at­ing as ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies widened, reach­ing the poor­est and most iso­lated places on earth. The is­sue that you are read­ing now is a ma­jor mile­stone for the mag­a­zine. Hav­ing five is­sues makes it eas­ier to see the con­cept be­hind the mag­a­zine and to show the breadth of in­no­va­tion to be found across the global South.

The archive of past is­sues can be found online here: scribd.com /south­ern in­no­va­tor

Vol­un­teers (above) help to launch South­ern In­no­va­tor’s fourth is­sue at the

Global South-south De­vel­op­ment Expo in Nairobi, Kenya.

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