De-Mystifying Tech

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Recently stumbled upon a very interesting effort to improve technology infrastructures both domestically and abroad. The PopTech.org group seems to take a very sensible approach to leveling the playing field, and empowering traditionally alienated and under-represented peoples. The strategies will work just as well in the Bronx as in remote corners of India.

I was especially interested in the work that was taking place at the Barefoot College, Bunker Roy, and others have found a means to enrich the lives of its citizens with technology. Most importantly is that none of the students have a post-secondary education, but despite these perceived limitations, complex engineering concepts have been learned and executed by the villagers.

Immediately, I wondered if a barefoot college could be started in Harlem, Bed-Stuy or Detroit. This sort of work could easily benefit NOLA survivors. The emphasis is that aid efforts will suffocate or supress the native talent in areas which have been decimated by natural or socio-economic disasters. Survivors in these areas need jobs and viable skills, the outpouring of support typically displaces these people. The waiting game can actually be worse than the hurricaine or other natural disaster. Empower the people by allowing them to rebuild with their own intellect and resources.

People if left to their own devices are extremely resourceful, all that is really needed is a catalyst. A few talented engineers and desire for survival. After watching the conference, I was very inspired to learn more and possibly figure out a way to duplicate the methods in the inner-city. Heh, that's what engineers are supposed to be doing. Improving the quality of life for humankind.

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