Festive football matches of this type take place often during my company’s unique annual African Roadshow, in which Philips employees journey across the continent listening to governments, charities, NGOs and small communities about how they think technology can add meaning to their lives, which products will really improve their health and well-being, and how we as a company can empower individuals.
This year alone we travelled to 16 cities in 12 countries across the continent – including first-time visits to Zimbabwe, Senegal and Burkina Faso – where we announced, amongst other projects, the creation of 82 new Community Light Centres.
In 2050, Africa will be the source of half of the world’s growth so it’s vital that a company like Philips is there to help nations achieve their potential because meaningful innovation changes lives. Four pillars and a box full of intelligent lights changes lives. It seems obvious but unless you start by asking the right questions, you’ll never come up with the right answers.
And experiencing that football match with its life-affirming atmosphere reinforced my belief that Philips is a global innovation company that truly asks the right questions.