Themes in technology and social impact

1. Businesses have the potential to help poor people.

Businesses can cater to the poor through specific products or services.

2. But it is important to keep in mind the local context when trying to “help.”

Often there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to trying to implement a technological or other type of “solution” in general. Many well-meaning approaches will fail without a real partnership with and deep understanding of the intended beneficiaries.

3. There are different paths that nations have taken and continue to take towards “development.”

Some factors that are varied are the role of neoliberalism (and markets) versus that of the government. These different paths have varied impacts on the economic, social, and political state of the countries.

4. Often, it is the power structures and systems that maintain a (broken) status quo and make it difficult to more towards equity.

Thus far, “solutions” mainly address “symptoms” that are the result of these systems. It requires true humility and evaluation of how we contribute to these to make real change.

5. There are some interesting economic ideas of how we can radically change society.

These include using different economic concepts and reimagining how we think of capitalism, free markets, and work.

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Joy M.

Joy M.

Wants to change the world using technology. Loves both exploring new places and curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.