Something Kim said - about Nairobi being an important site to learn from given that many in the US may be forced to go into the more informal economy, etc. - reminded me of a twist of that point that has circulated a lot amongst the tech crowd - if it can work in Kenya, then it can work anywhere else...See this annotation
I did recently... Obviously there is difference between what Kim was talking about and this idea that if it works in Kenya, it will work anywhere. But I think there is a sentiment among the techies that there is much from Nairobi that can be shipped out and useful in other contexts (and commercialized and monetized along the way).
(2011) and this article
(2008) that I annotated might be of interest because of this conversation also...)