Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Moving Windmills - An Inspiring Story of Ingenuity

I came across this video through the TED Blog today and was totally impressed and amazed by the story of William Kamkwamba. As a 14 years-old boy in Malawi, William Kamkwamba built a windmill using the information he found in a book and miscellaneous parts that he was able to scrounge together. This is a great story of what can be accomplished with a little knowledge and ingenuity. Kamkwamba's talk (embedded below) is well worth six minutes of your time.

After you watch Kamkwamba's TED Talk you may also want to visit his website and watch the preview of the documentary of his story.

Kamkwamba's biography is also available from Amazon. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope