Jersey Festival Of Words – Ken Banks – THE PURSUIT OF PURPOSE

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How far would you go to find your purpose in life? Come on the unlikeliest of journeys as we follow one man’s desperate search for purpose.

Join Jersey-born author and social entrepreneur Ken Banks as he seeks answers in the African bush, the forests of Finland and everywhere in between, surviving pirate attacks, near-drownings and close encounters with lions along the way.

Discover how a random idea late one night led to the creation of a text messaging system that would go on to benefit millions of people around the world, and how a global pandemic helped uncover an incredible family history, and with it the answers to a life purpose that had lay hidden in plain sight all along.

Ken Banks is a social innovator, technologist, author and anthropologist with 25+ years experience working in developing regions of the world – particularly Africa – with a focus on technology, conservation and humanitarian relief.

Internationally recognised and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science in 2016, Ken is the founder of a globally-successful social startup and author of four books on social entrepreneurship and innovation.


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