Earlier this year, we featured two National Geographic Explorers. As you may remember, each year the National Geographic Emerging Explorers Program selects rising talents who push the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem solving. They are the new visionaries leading the efforts to educate and inspire people to care about the planet using natural, technical and people resources to accomplish their efforts.
Today, we introduce two more of these outstanding individuals. They are much like Edison in their chosen fields. They are on the cutting edge of service or technology. If you click on the link, you will find interesting details about their work.
Educator and Activist Kakenya Ntaiya is continuing her ground breaking ways that began years ago when she resisted the rigid traditions that held women back. Today, a building rises in one remote village that could change everything: The region’s first and only primary school for girls. Its creation an act of sheer will, stubborn persistence, and inexplicable optimism on the part of this remarkable women. Her heartwarming story is well worth the few minutes it takes to read it.
Electrical Engineer Aydogan Ozcan believes the future lies not only in new technologies, but in innovative applications of existing technologies. Blending an engineer’s discipline and a social entrepreneur’s heart, he predicts, “That’s what will transform global health care in powerful, practical ways we’ve never before imagined.” His story of using a cell phone to bring health care to the rural masses in developing countries is inspiring and will alter the future of millions. Thomas Edison would have been proud to know him.