Encyclopedia Project

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The Encyclopedia Project aims to provide free access to objective and verifiable encyclopedia content on disruptive trends that will affect the African continent. Since its conception in the form of a written literature, Disrupting Ventures has become a powerful tool that allows people access to information on African innovation and technological trends that affect our continent. It equips a global citizenry with the power to represent and access technology realities in their communities. It has become a rich, dynamic and effective education medium that provides free information to every African and friends of Africa across the globe. Use of the encyclopedia grows as access to new technology (including cell phones and computers - either online or offline) increases across the continent.

How

The Encyclopedia Project organizes experts and scholars from around the world in African innovation and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work on African innovation as well as trends that need to be addressed about the African continent. The intent on cataloguing this reference work on African innovation is to provide tangible guidelines on how to continuously move the African continent forward - not only for this generation but for generations in centuries to come.

From its inception, the Encyclopedia Project was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Consequently, our dynamic reference work maintains high standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research and trends.

Further to this, the content is then made available on global encyclopedia sites such as Wikipedia, Briticana and University Libraries to ensure the reach of the content.

Why

The end result of every entry is to create actionable projects which are then subsequently tracked and updated in the Encyclopedia Project. This is crucial as the success measure of Disrupting Ventures hinges on this. Members of our project started thinking about these hard questions in 2015, and in order to answer them, we developed and started cataloguing a list of hard questions that need to be answered. Each question was classified as ‘hard’ by following the following methodology:

  • Does the idea tip the path of Africa’s next generation in a positive or negative direction?
  • If not answered, are there dire consequences not only for Africa but for the globe at large?
  • Will solving the question create valuable African companies that no one is currently creating?
  • Is anyone else trying to solve this question?

In order to answer these questions, we will look not only for the brightest minds in the academic space, but for Africans from every corner of the globe willing to contribute to moving our continent forward. The purpose would be to answer very hard questions plaguing our continent. Answering these hard queistions is what we would term a legacy project.

Framework

The most important feature of this project is that the Encyclopedia is only the starting point of the process, which aims to provide a framework or hypothesis as to what needs to be done to effect change. The Encyclopedia is also then open to any African on friends of Africa to contribute, critique and challenge the hypothesis.

The next phase is to implement or create a business model based on the hypothesis identified in the Encyclopedia, and track the effectiveness of this hypothesis. Finally, the Encyclopedia is then updated with real-time and real-world feedback.

This concept of a ‘dynamic reference work’ is modelled after the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - but extended to accommodate real world challenges and execution.

We will approach this as an academic pursuit but deliver real-world business results.

Technology

The use of global technologies as well as customized Disrupting Venture technologies offers considerable access to Africans across the continent and has enabled us to develop the Encyclopedia with a small staff and budget. The importance of this project to our continent cannot be overstated. As new ideas in logic, technology, innovation, disruption, trends etc become more imminent, the Encyclopedia project provides a rational and efficient system by which new information is assimilated, critiqued and implemented to ensure that we leave a responsive legacy of African innovation.


We invite Africans from all over the globe keen to contribute to email us at [email protected]