As we charge into the future, I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. — Michael

Via my 2009 self at

When we talk about Internet and mobile communications, we should always keep in mind that in many parts of the world these technologies just don’t compute.

Take, for example, the video above from Liberia’s capital Monrovia. Here, where per capita GDP is $215, newspapers are too expensive to buy and Internet access is something the majority only hear about.

How to share and spread information then? The Chalkboard Blog.

Each morning, Alfred Sirleaf combs through the day’s news and writes headlines and stories on a giant chalkboard. Then readers come to discuss, debate in this newly formed town square. Call it the world’s least likely, most popular blog.

What’s amazing though in this video is how Sirleaf discusses design and technology issues associated with the medium. It’s a conversation any news editor can appreciate.

A different video on this can be seen here.

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