Southern Innovator: The 5-issue Milestone
The 5-issue Milestone
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.