Emerging markets are very difficult to navigate.
They are more difficult at this time and age when technology is advancing at such a rapid rate. This has changed the landscape for talent in this market, making it more important for people to not just gain new knowledge on the go but also develop skills and connect with one another on the go.
At Kuza, we redefine learning on the go as through our classroom-in-a-bag model. In this model, people from informal communities are able to receive relevant knowledge and training despite the lack of connectivity in their villages. The knowledge enables people to develop a mentality of “You are the founder,” whether you are a small-holder farmer or a micro-entrepreneur with a hardware store down the road.
Carrying this mentality of “you are the founder” has become the new tag in today’s world, even the corporate one. In his book, “Work Rules,” Laszlo Bock emphasizes that even when employed, people need to be entrepreneurial in the sense that they take ownership over the projects they work on, and are given more freedom than traditional management.
Google grew to the size that it was because it was driven by a fundamental understanding of leadership that is quite clear as quoted by Larry Page, “My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they’re having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society.”
Which shows that at Kuza we are the right track. Being B-corp certified allows us to balance both profit and purpose, and to provide opportunities for not just making a difference in the world but also opportunities for people to grow their skills and move forward. Also, being the recipients of the highly-competitive World Summit Awards 2018 recognizes the achievement of Digital Innovation that drive Social Impact around the world. After being one of the forty global winners selected from over 400 nominations, the recognition is both humbling and inspiring.
But it also shows there’s a long way to go.
To avoid complacency, companies need to embrace a culture that allows for mistakes to be made and for innovations to be built, but that can’t happen without an inspiring mission, a sense of transparency and voice — where everyone is allowed to voice their suggestions and ideas without being afraid.