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98 | Empathy Overdrive

Ken Banks is an award-winning social entrepreneur, mobile technology and global development expert. He is best known for developing FrontlineSMS, a mobile messaging platform used today by non-profits in over 190 countries around the world. For that work, he received the Curry Stone Design Prize in 2011. He’s also a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a recipient of the ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics.

98 | Empathy Overdrive

Subsequently, Banks founded, an organization to help social innovators, entrepreneurs, engaged citizens and non-profit organizations amplify their efforts through mobile technology.

Most recently, Ken closed down Kiwanja to assume the role of Head of Social Impact at YOTI, a London-based startup focused on digital identity. From there, he works to ensure that the bottom billion will have access to the tools necessary to establish and protect their identity.

Banks is the author of two books on social innovation and entrepreneurship: The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

We were fortunate to have Ken on our podcast, Social Design Insights, where he guided us through a discussion about social applications of technology. Have a listen at the link above.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our opening theme music for 2019 is "Bang Bang" and our closing theme is "Salvame" both by Eljuri from her album "La Lucha." The break music for this episode is "Umfazi Omdala" by Juluka from their album "Ubuhle Bemvelo."