June 28, 2010
The recognition that a digitally enabled and effective economy is founded on a digitally enabled and effective society seems somewhere to have been lost. Lost as well seem to be the recognition that the greatest skill in a digital economy as in any other economy or in society overall is the capacity to learn and that learning how to learn, a function of a broader and more humanistic education rather than a “skills oriented” one, is probably a more important and useful preparation for a digital future overall. Equally lost is an understanding that economic innovation is a subset of broader social innovation which in turn comes from a critical yet practical immersion in prevailing cultures and practices. The response then from a Community Informatics perspective to the questions posed by the Digital Economy Consultation would be as follows
May 13, 2010
To date NEPAD has operated primarily as a high-level talk shop for politicians, government officials and the corporate sector. The ICT Summit rather unexpectedly however, has included Community Informatics as among four stakeholder groups (along with Health, Government, and Business Informatics) which they are looking to "mobilise" and I, with African CI colleagues, have been invited to manage and present this theme over the course of the conference.
February 28, 2010
For me, and again on reflection, the challenge and promise of a “community informatics” is not achieved through collections of projects however successful they might be. Rather the real success would come when there was a real and equal partnership between ICTs and community enablement.