TOM TRIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD

When his mother contracts lung disease from home cook fires, Kenyan teen Tom Osborn tackles a global health, climate change and deforestation calamity​.

Cooking fires kill more than AIDS, TB & malaria combined (4.3M) each year. Broadcasting stories like Tom’s sparks action across continents. Work with us.

Videos

Solar Powered Rafiki

Jodie Wu, founder and CEO of Global Cycle Solutions, is creating a new sales “army” in Tanzania. Beyond just selling solar lights, Jodie’s network of entrepreneurs like Upendo Roberts improve life for villagers, while improving their own.

KENYA STOVE

Open cook fires are the 2nd leading cause of global warming. Payan ole-MoiYoi came home to Nairobi to design machinery and efficient stoves, to reduce deforestation and lung disease. Consulting for global companies, he designs mechanical solutions for several problems.

TREASURES FROM TRASH

Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught Kenyan artist who gives “trash a second chance.” He’s taught workshops to city kids and in villages to children with no exposure to art. Known for his “C-Stunners,” (face wear made from trash), his work has been shown in Los Angeles; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Stockholm.

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About Us

changing the story of Africa
Making invention contagious.

African Makers Media is an initiative of Young World Inventors (YWI), a Boston- and Nairobi-based media group working to spread invention, through the oldest form of learning: storytelling. Showing how inventors cope with setbacks inspires others to solve persistent problems. Our first long documentary about Tom Lee Osborn is being made for broadcast, for the web, mobile phones, podcast and DVDs. In East and West Africa inventive social entrepreneurs work to resolve problems –- in health, water, agriculture, climate change, energy, information, and jobs. We welcome collaborators who can help us locate, investigate and seed stories of inventive solutions everywhere..

  • Film makers
  • CONNECT MAKERS
  • Multiply Makers

Team

Diane Hendrix
Diane Hendrix
Founder, Director, Story Editor
A producer/director and writer for TV documentaries, Diane now makes mini-documentaries for the web about innovators. In 2011 she founded YoungWorldInventors.com (YWI) and directed projects for MIT’s Sloan School, Land O’Lakes/USAID and other clients. “Tom Tries…” is the first documentary to come from the YWI web series. Diane has been a lecturer at MIT, Harvard and other colleges in Boston, among others.
PETER MURIMI
PETER MURIMI
Co-director/Producer
Co-director/producer Peter Murimi has filmed in most African nations for 15 years. As CNN African Journalist of the Year, Peter created stories on female genital mutilation, HIV/AIDS, human rights, climate change, health and slum settlement issues. Co-director for “Kenya’s Enemy Within” for Clover Films, he’s worked for IRIN, BBC, KTN & Al Jazeera, winning Tur Ostravo & Webbie awards.
Nairobi crew
Nairobi crew
Peter Murimi is Co-Director/Producer and camera; Elijah Kanyi, camera; Gloria Ndiritu, assistant editor; Wills Ong’esa, social media.
BOSTON CREW
BOSTON CREW
Diane Hendrix is Co-Director/producer, camera and story editor; Mike Madden and Clara Lorant are editors, with help from award-winning feature editors.