Fast Forward

Review

of an Exhibition

by Chris Dornfeld

Published on December 28, 2008

  • Description:

    I was fortunate enough to visit Fast Forward at MSI a week before the official opening and see first hand an impressive and thoughtful exhibition that takes a look at modern day innovators and innovation.

    As it was explained to me by MSI staff, they wanted to develop something as a modern day follow up to a recent exhibition on da Vinci, and they were fortunate enough to have an individual step forward to underwrite the entire exhibition.

    Not only is Fast Forward beautifully designed and fabricated, but it nicely connects interesting innovations to people. Often a connection we fail to make in modern society. In many ways it reminded me of the TED conference, brief, quick, meaningful and brilliant.

    One of the most compelling stories is about William Kamkwamba from Masitala, Malawi.

    It only took 20-year-old William Kamkwamba a library book, some blue-gum trees, discarded bicycle parts and an inspired idea to become a sensation in his home country. Kamkwamba, who lives in a small African village in Malawi, began building windmills at age 14, after he had to drop of out high school because his family could not afford the tuition of $80 a year. Now his family has three windmills on their property, supplying power to their home for the first time. Since then, Kamkwamba has offered his assistance to others, helped build a windmill for his local school and worked on powering his entire village.

    Well worth the visit and another great presentation from the staff at MSI. They might very well have the best temporary exhibition team in the US.

    Chris Dornfeld, Dec. 2008

    Description of Fast Forward from MSI:

    From cuisine made by ink-jet printers, to urban high-rise farming, to instant-messaged hugs you can feel, you’ll meet pioneers working on these and other amazing ideas that could change the way we live. Inventors tell us in their own words how they’ve worked to take their ideas from “what if” toward “here’s how."

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