What can local news learn from the private messaging networks of immigrant communities?

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On a fall day last year, a Ghanaian immigrant to the United States tragically lost her life on the tracks at a New York subway station. After dropping her phone, she frantically climbed down on the elevated tracks of the Simpson Street station in the Bronx to retrieve it. …

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4. Connect with, learn and get feedback from a range of entrepreneurs and top tier professionals

There is high value in being able to talk about your venture or idea…

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In 2017 I had the privilege of being selected as one of from around the world as a fellow at the

The staircase exit at the Church Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, NY. (Photography by Michael Rain)

I wrote this piece over ten years ago and it resonated with a lot people. I’m sharing in this space for the first time publicly.

Every time I come back home from wherever, I notice something interesting at the train station. At the top of the long flight of stairs…

A pathway through The Malcolm Shabazz Harlem African Street Market in New York. Photo Credit: Michael Rain

I love working on building , but one of the most frustrating aspects is the dichotomy between the reception of the idea and the opportunity between people of the global Pan-African community, whom the product is built for, and people outside the community, who do not relate with the…

An image showing the inverse on Africa being “The Dark Continent”

Try this exercise; Google “Africa” and search News. Review the headlines. How many pages do you have to go before you find a story that is not related to war, conflict, corruption, safari, poverty porn, sports, or some disease epidemic or starvation crisis?

Now search in Images, and beyond the…

Michael Rain

Digital Storyteller // ENODI Founder // Stanford JSK (Knight) Fellow // TED Speaker & Resident // @Columbia Alum // Emerging designer and techie

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