Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in 2017, this month marks our forty-sixth opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. The last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Susan Scott and Eric Lahti
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Those who know me know that I love to see the creative process in action in all forms. Meet Sierra Leonean inventor, Kelvin Doe who is changing his future by using his passion and ingenuity. Kelvin was born in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown in 1996, in a neighborhood that was constantly enduring intermittent electricity and rolling blackouts. Presented with a problem and determined to find a solution, at the age of 13, Kelvin started scavenging for scrap metal, devices and discarded junk then taught himself to make a battery capable of powering the homes in his small neighborhood. Kelvin’s next mission was to connect his community, so he then went on to build a radio transmitter, sound amplifier, mixer and microphone which enabled him to create his own community radio station which earned him the moniker of DJ Focus. Kelvin’s story was brought to the world’s attention in 2012 when he was featured on YouTube educational channel THNKR as part of their Prodigies Series (see video below), and his story went viral. He’s consistently kept up this momentum, winning awards, receiving invitations to attend special programs at institutions such as MIT and speak at such institutions such as TEDxTeen , as well as a Harvard as well as signing onto a $100,000 project with Canada’s Sierra Wi-Fi company to develop and test solar solutions in 2013. In 2016 he became an honorary board member of Emergency USA (a global non-profit that provides free medical care for those affected by war and poverty) and founder of the Kelvin Doe Foundation that promotes a culture of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and creativity and who’s goal is to “ignite innovation and inspire civic engagement” by providing creative “maker” spaces in Sierra Leone”. Kelvin now lives and studies in Toronto Canada and interacts with schools to share his inspirational story. I know we will be hearing about his accomplishments for years to come.
“…creativity is universal and can be found in places where one does not expect to find it. Perseverance and passion are essential to nurturing that creative ability”. ~ Kelvin Doe, inventor via Tedx Teen
To learn more about Kelvin Doe, check out his website at: https://kelvindoe.com/