We really can’t love our Nomads anymore than we already do. They always have fantastic projects brewing and are pretty inspiring folks. We previously posted about some how awesome they are and here are a few more great examples.
- Andy Hieb says that his company DTEK is always doing cool things. Of late, they built the new site for the World Affairs Council. The site looks fantastic and the DTEK team is calling it their favorite. It’s loaded with great features and will be a great tool for The World Affairs Council to use to connect to the community.
- Mike Kollins is the Chief Operating Officer for World Bicycle Relief. He has just relocated from Kenya to Seattle and is one of our newest Resident members. I’ll let Mike tell us about the great mission of WBR. “We are a large non-profit social enterprise. We have distributed over 75,000 bicycles in the last 6 years and trained over 700 bicycle mechanics. Instead of using recycled bicycles (which tend to break down given terrain and loads, and have no spare parts in rural Africa), we have designed a bicycle specifically for the markets we are active in. We have three assembly factories in Africa (Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia) currently with over 60 local employees. We produce between 1,000 and 3,000 bicycles per month. Our current project is focussed on improving academic performance and attendance of girl students in rural Zambia, where drop-out rates, especially amongst girls, are extraordinary high. One of the primary reason for dropping out is transport due to safety and time issues. Given the importance of having educated girls in society, we are using bicycles to help out. We will distribute 50,000 to 500 schools over the five year period of the program. We have already distributed about 10,000 bicycles to date in this program.” Check out this Youtube video to get a better idea of what WBR does: http://www.youtube.com/user/WorldBicycleRelief#p/a/u/1/sVdb5bl5z2s
- Something people at Office Nomads seem to always be discussing are TED events. TED is all about “ideas worth spreading” and has an eye on changing the world. Greg Bamford is excited to curate a TEDxOverlake event entitled “How People Learn: At Work, At Play, At School”. This will take place June 18th at the Overlake School. Under TED rules, they are limited to 100 attendees but the event will be streamed online. For more information and the latest news on speakers and their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Well, now you’re smitten with our Nomads, too, aren’t you? We completely understand.