Slum Rising: Pushed to the brink, slums become hotbeds of innovation Posted on Mar 25, 2013 by Abby Higgins In the second installment of Slum Rising, Seattle journalist Abby Higgins explores 3rd world solutions for 1st world problems. Abby Higgins Abby Higgins is a travel writer and journalist who splits her time between Kenya and her hometown in Washington State. She speaks French and Swahili and received her BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. In addition to writing, she has spent the past three years working in development and women’s rights in East Africa. You can read more of her writing at abbyhiggins.com.