The boy, Richard Turere, is responsible for his family’s livestock, which had been coming under attack by local lions. So, Richard came up with an ingenious invention that protects his family’s critical assets and does so without harming the lions.
After some trial and error and much observation, Richard noticed that typically bold lions became skittish at night, when people walked around with flashlights. Moving light confused and frightened the lions. In a master stroke of mitigation magic, Richard rigged dozens of LED lights to a battery and solar panel. He placed the bulbs on poles around the livestock enclosure and came up with a way to make the lights flash. That put an end to the lions’ nighttime raids, and Richard’s system is now being used throughout the region.
Richard was invited to speak at this week’s 2013 TED Conference in Southern California, where he shared the story of safeguarding his family’s livelihood using ingenuity and very limited resources. I think that’s pretty cool. And I hope that maybe you are inspired to take a fresh look at a persistent problem, even though resources may be scarce. Who knows? It just might be you who comes up with the next big innovation in business continuity. As for me, I know that Spring will bring creatures to care for and the chance for FMB to return (fat and happy) to the wild, where I hope he stays.
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