- Social Media
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- Good Giving
- Corporate Responsibility
- Be Fearless
Fellows Friday is a weekly series on the TED Blog that profiles one TED Fellow each week. We have asked the Fellows to answer our question below to share their knowledge and advice with other social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are coming up with big ideas that can change the world.
After studying architecture in Minnesota, Joshua Wanyama established his own Kenya-based digital marketing agency, Pamoja Media. Happily back home in Nairobi, Joshua uses his company to tackle some of Africa’s most daunting social challenges - including climate change, hunger, and AIDS - while also maintaining a photography website dedicated to helping Africans tell their own story of the continent.
Sokunthea: There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs out there who are trying to take their passion and ideas to the next level. What is one piece of advice you would give to them based on your own experiences and successes?
Joshua: The first thing that I would say is you absolutely have to believe in what you are working on. Because of the many nights and many days when it will be the only thing that will be able to get you to wake up the next day and go back to work.
If you can build on your connections, meet people who share your vision, be nice to them, be considerate of what they’re doing, and also be able to take a part and share in their vision, you should be able to build your network. That network will be very helpful in helping you achieve your goals.
You have to be diligent. You have to be able to clearly communicate what you are working on. You might not have money, but if you are able to express yourself, and you are able to put yourself in the right circles for you to communicate, eventually you will find success.
Read the rest of Joshua's Fellows Friday interview here.