The world might be surprised to get A Note On The Future from Africa, but that is precisely what’s happening. And the topic? A new way we learn.

While learning and education is one of the highest priorities on the African continent, according to an article in the Fast Company magazine and a recent report from UNESCO,physical books are increasingly not the way Africans are getting that education.

Physical books and other physical learning materials are expensive, and often hard to source, resource, and secure in many parts of Africa.

But in Africa and Africans usual, innovative and ‘work-around-it-until-I-find-a-fix-for-it’ manner, creative and smart people on the Continent are doing the next best thing to reading a physical book — they’re using their cellphones to read electronic ones!

To quote my friend former President Bill Clinton, “Africa could easily become the first wireless continent.” And I agree with him completely.

Of the one billion people on the African continent, there are presently 650 million mobile phone subscriptions serving them. And growing. Not bad for a collection of so-called developing countries, on a so-called ‘dark Continent.’

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John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and is the only 2010-2012 bestselling business author in America who is also African-American. Hisnewest book, due out June, 2014, is HOW THE POOR CAN SAVE CAPITALISM, and will be published by Berrett Koehler Publishing. Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans,and co-chair forProject 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

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