Promoting Economic Development
It's not always about technology
It's the individuals and organizations that people turn to for help with their daily challenges who can best define the community's needs and the ways technology applications can be leveraged around the community's strengths and assets. The first step is in helping these leaders understand how technology works and what its potential is (and isn't) for them and for their communities. Then, working through these trusted agents, appropriate applications of technology can be developed to create economic opportunity. Only then will the real power of technology begin to be harnessed in ways that help create new ground for progress.
Question: Are there specific examples or vignettes we could use to reinforce our position on the use of trusted agents in the community that have led to applications of technology resulting in economic opportunity?
Randal, what has been your experience on this issue, based upon your work in Camfield Estates?
This is the last of the installments: Where I could really use help is in identifying examples where applications of technology in low-income communities have helped people in getting jobs, creating new jobs, or encouraging people to start their own businesses.