Thursday, October 08, 2009

William Kamkwamba "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"

I have been following William Kamkwamba's blog for about a year now and I received his book "The Boy that Harnessed the Wind" on Monday (finished it Tuesday). It was a fabulous read and helped put into perspective 3 main things:

  1. I am so blessed to have been provided the resources that I have been given for my entire life - I have really had it pretty easy.
  2. The problems I face on a daily basis can be difficult, but I am blessed that those are my only challenges.
  3. Overall, I (and the people around me) are pretty wasteful with our resources and our abilities.
For those of you that don't know William's story you can see him speak about it here at TED from July of 2009. He also appeared with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night. I have embedded it below and William talks about it himself here. My favorite part is the exchange between Stewart and William about him preparing to take his SAT's (at the 5:50 mark).

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This is one of the most inspiring stories I have ever read and I believe that William will continue to change the world we live in for the better.

His book would work perfectly as an authentic text for someone teaching Physics, engineering, or in a program like Project Lead the Way.

You can learn more about William at his blog and follow him on twitter at

More importantly you can donate to help his cause The Moving Windmills Project here. He has used his work to improve the lives of others and to help others attend school.