Sept - Dec 2016
Global Digital Innovation
Edu Tech 


Children Need to Know How Things Work Without Expensive Robotics Kits

​Educators are beginning to recognize the importance of bringing engineering and technology into the classroom by introducing circuitry, programming, and robotics as a way to meet NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards are), K–12 science content standards requirements. The biggest issue for teachers is where to begin and how to afford the resources. With so many robotics kits on the market … Read more

Hello Ruby – Adventures in Coding – By Linda Liukas

Whimsical – with a twist – problem solving through Ruby`s eyes is an adventure – a big adventure into How to Plan, How to Do, How to Find, How to Sort, How to ask Questions. That is computational thinking demystified as Little Ruby plans her adventure.

She learns as do we-
– how to tackle big problems by breaking them … Read more

Little Monks Africa Adventure – Ayesha Dawood

An adventure travelogue of a curious little monk into Africa
– fictional travelogue and a fun learning adventure for little children so as to open their eyes to the continent of Africa – in a way that that is fascinating and enriching to them. It is a fun, creative and exciting educational travelogue.

The idea of the book is to … Read more

Tinkering ON —


An immersive and engaging approach to embracing computers and technology – that is what Seymour Papert brought to the world. South African born Seymour Paper, who died in July 2016 and whose legacy still lives on and is recognised as the founding thinker and doer in getting learners especially children to engage actively with technology as … Read more

Borderless Chats

THE 2 IPs: Internet Protocol and Intellectual Property.

Lets talk Mobile , Internet and Connected Devices as we explore borderless chats. And yes: Who owns your chats and who gets regulated? And: Advertisers – are we thinking of them in the regulatory landscape.

No more pigeons as carriers, but mobile messaging apps like Facebook’s instant messaging services including Whats App … Read more

Tinkering – Illuminating the world and making waves

jie A few years ago Jie Qi, co- founder of Chibitronics and a qualified mechanical engineer, started looking at the idea of paper electronics and making stickers – peel and use circuit stickers, stickers with a twist – stickers that light up. Today, she is acknowledged as one of the pioneers leading the creative digital science movement in art and science … Read more


This was astounding. Walking into ThoughtWorks, Johannesburg and seeing coaches clean, mop, vacuum and organise desks for the first Rails Girls Johannesburg -was humbling and I was awestruck…

That is the spirit that set the tone for rails Girls Johannesburg’s first presence in SA.   The organisers, coaches, TW personnel and volunteer Gary Segal including a 10 year old volunteer, Zaakirah … Read more

Mobile Broadband Spotlighted

Global mobile-cellular market is approaching saturation levels, mobile-broadband uptake continues to grow at double-digit rates in all regions, and mobile broadband remains the strongest growing market segment. This trend is accompanied by a slowdown in fixed-broadband uptake in the developing world, where mobile-broadband services provide a response to the demand for high-speed Internet access inview of the lack of affordable … Read more

Creator Spaces   Designing Innovation Economics


Ayesha Dawood

I liked this when I came across it “Thinking is a kind of making, and making is a kind of thinking" says Jessie Shefrin former Provost of The Rhode Island School of Design and past Dean of Graduate Studies of The Rhode Island School of Design.

I like this too, alot 'design thinking ... is the expression of communication – the form itself...' that is the response I got when I asked John Maeda, at a talk at MIT this year what design thinking is -- Is it the form, is it the way it is presented .. and how does it impact international affairs? His response has got me mulling on innovation economics – and a very 21st century focus. The innovation economics idea was introduced to me by Professor William Fisher of Harvard Law School, Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property. And so Professor Fisher I take the liberty to propel this idea to designing innovation economics in the 21st century. So here I am positing Creator Spaces as innovation economics in action. And yes, Prof Fisher, Intellectual Property is important and as you say, only and only if it creatively engages with culture. So I take the creative engaging with the culture of a people, the culture of counties ... to a culture of creation. So, I am building and creating and designing too. Is this Ronald Dworkin`s chain novel theory playing itself out – a step by step building of things.

In particular I focus on Creator and Maker spaces which I call Creator Spaces. It is a movement rapidly gaining traction – and pioneering new pedagogies – tinkering, creator and playful learning pedagogies. No doubt this is influencing and will continue to improve a whole new wave – tinkering, playful learning and learning through play and exploration heralding novel creations as well as iterations in the new edu- tech era.

This is innovation economics birthed. A world of tinkering, software and hardware creation including an immersive engagement with technology and with materials –that is what empowers us to be courageous and creative. To make, to create – the art of playful learning and innovator spirit is boldly borne.

In seeing what we create – both online with immersive engaging of technology to building with our minds and hands to creating with materials to embracing the realm of possibilities and yes frameworks ( the lawyer in me screams legal frameworks as much computational thinking calls for system frameworks ). That is the power of Creator Space. They energise, motivate, uplift and propel growth in ones own sense of self, in creativity, in making, in building, in designing and cognition and critical thinking. And this is why it makes sense – it is innovation economics in both the digital and physical – a new form of a connected world – a world of immersive technology made simple – a world of creative making and a world of design and designing new things – software, new hardware, new things and while the search for new hardware forms and hardware materials is increasingly opening up new possibilities in materials.... Creator Spaces are about working with what is available as well making new from afresh and in that process new forms are birthed – New software creation is Creator Space and open source learning and remixing also lend impetus to this. See what amazing creations Scratch, an open source computer programme inspiring community learning and inspiring kids to create stories, animations and games - initiated at the MIT Media Lab Lifelong Kindergarden Group - is doing for kids globally here

Designing Creator Spaces is about inspiring people to take charge of their minds and ideas. I marvelled at watching the excitement and agility of the kids at MIT `s Scratch Day this May. Boundless enthusiasm and fun creations – and such confidence.

A new creator pedagogy in the making – yes – but maybe not so new in Africa and emerging economies where creator crafts and tinkering necessities were birthed. It is this staple that will take the shift to tinkering and artful play in emerging economies to levels unparalleled and a boon for innovation economics. Now that is design thinking innovation economics.  Creator Spaces is innovation economics. And yes, Intellectual Property matters.

Ayesha Dawood is a lawyer, writer and artist and educator. She is a Harvard and South African educated lawyer (@ConsultAyesha) She has an LL.M from Harvard Law School and is a recent Fellow of the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University.