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Feb 7, 2001

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Carlos Manjarrez


Kit,

I don't believe you will find a reliable answer to the "push points" question raised yesterday. That is, the need for an internal or external strategy is likely to vary from place to place. One would think it a function of the community's leadership capacity/sophistication, its resource base, and the specific issue area. In the case of community technology initiatives, it seems highly likely that even the most sophisticated community residents/leaders will (at some point during the process) have to draw on the expertise of outsiders. [Note: I use the term expertise quite liberally. In my mind experts could range from community organizers who have worked on access issues to CEOs committed to doing good. The choice of relevant experts, like many other strategic decisions, should be made on a case specific basis.]

-Carlos

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