Moving Windmills

Real inspiration and innovation isn’t driven by generating large profits as the story of William Kamkwamba demonstrates all too clearly.

The absolute drive to find a solution is a superb model it would be good to see applied more frequently in the UK.

We have quangos, development agencies, politicians, relief funds and who knows what else aiming to create ever more complex solutions to simple questions.

William took an old book and changed his life and that of his family and village. Not through massive infrastructure projects, but by identifying a need and developing a solution.

While I am sure many people involved in regeneration projects are keen to provide solutions, it does often appear as though many of those solutions come from blue sky thinking and are not driven from bottom up planning.

If there was less pontification and more conversation with those facing problems, then practical faster solutions may well be forthcoming.

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