Rainforest Rev: Information Diffusion at Facebook and Untold Africa

The Rainforest Revolution
News on growing ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship


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The Previously Untold Story Of Africa’s Mobile Revolution

Victor Hwang, CEO & Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
How one entrepreneur’s vision for a text messaging service delivering real-time market pricing helped transform rural Africa. Read more here.


Stop and Smell the Roses

Alistair Brett, International Technology Commercialization Advisor for T2 Venture Creation, from The Innovation Rainforest blog
A look at research that sheds light on the diffusion of information through a social network’s effect on innovation ecosystems, raising questions about the optimal Rainforest model to encourage productive experimentation. Read more here.


How Innovative Is Your Company’s Culture?

MIT Sloan Management Review 
A study of 759 companies found corporate culture to be a more critical ingredient for innovation than labor, capital, government or national culture. Read more here.


Guidelines for Making Innovation Districts Real

After a number of theories for revitalizing cities have flamed-out, a new focus on innovation districts could have lasting effects, if civic leaders follow a few simple rules. Read more here.


Could Human Band and Tribal Scale Cooperation Have Arisen Without Warfare?

Social Evolution Forum
Low population densities, our species’ dependence on cooperation for hunting, and other evidence leads some researchers to conclude that human tribal societies could have evolved without a need to fight each other. Read more here.



Startup Fever

The Economist
Behind an explosion of new businesses in Britain lies a darker truth about “necessity entrepreneurs” who have been forced into working for themselves. Read more here.


Regional Social Enterprise Ecosystems in India: A Conceptual Framework

Okapi Research
Small startups with an explicit commitment to social improvement could be the right solution for tackling some of India’s endemic problems, if social startups are provided the necessary funding, support, and patience. Read more here.


Europe’s Hottest Startups 2014: Moscow

Wired UK
Despite shaky foreign relations and a reputation for corruption, Russia’s capital is seeing a significant number of quality startups, fueled by the country’s strong engineering schools, online presence, and emerging middle class. Read more here.

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