Invention

How I harnessed the wind: William Kamkwamba on TED.com

Posted by: Matthew Trost

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009, in Oxford, UK. Duration: 5:59)

William’s links:
+ William’s blog
+ Moving Windmills, an American NGO supporting his efforts
+ Moving Windmills, a documentary film project
+ Order William’s book from Amazon.com

Watch William Kamkwamba’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 500+ TEDTalks.

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