Poking, Meta-title, Avatars, Blog-roll, Widgets – words that belong in some sort of science fiction manual but also easily articulated by avid bloggers who are transforming the way news is delivered and stories are told. These unorthodox writers are paving the way for heated discussions that are setting the World Wide Web ablaze and are clearly set on moving away from conventional ways of broadcasting stories.
And so a great opportunity was presented when Ol Pejeta Conservancy, located in Laikipia County, recently hosted 5 of Kenya’s brilliant bloggers with the aim of giving a new spin on news; to benefit not only the Conservancy but the entire County.
Laikipia seems to be misunderstood. Conversations surrounding the County rarely include the beauty resulting from a melting pot of diverse cultures; a deep love for conservation and prosperity, and complex dynamics set in motion as a result of those who have made the conscious choice to find sustainable solutions to conservation challenges.
Community partnerships have been formed with the hope that all can benefit from Laikipia’s unique offerings, and there are plenty of organisations leading the efforts. In fact, it is estimated that over USD7million is invested in various Corporate Social Responsibility activities in Laikipia annually!
Ol Pejeta for example, has provided support to surrounding communities through various programmes – investments valued at Ksh 45 million. The conservancy is also exploring the possibility of using drones for security purposes to join the already existing elite 32 man armed-team and anti-canine poaching unit.
The beauty of Laikipia’s topography epitomises what is great about the region but so do the people. So perhaps with more initiatives like #TechMeetsWild, and a conscious effort from Kenya’s writers and journalists, more insight into why Laikipia is loved by so many will come to light.
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Tech Meets Wild.