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Our President

Inspiring. Honest. Clear. Unifying. Respectful. Tough. Balanced. Leader…

Congratulations Obama.  Congratulations America.

Out of many we are one

Technology Empowerment

Over the last few days I’ve had a thought running through my head: is there a need for an NGO whose mission is to provide individuals and businesses in the developing world with the technology tools they need to get ahead?

Right now this is definitely a solution looking for a problem, but I wonder if, in fact, there is a problem to be solved here. If so, how could i find out? Is there a demand for technology or technological expertise that can translate to the developing world? What is needed more: funds to acquire technology, or the knowledge of how to use it?

This is still just a seed of an idea that is bouncing around in my head. I’m trying to look for resources that might help to educate me on this problem. Searches through amazon and the web aren’t yielding anything particularly helpful. If anyone happens to come across this post and has some ideas i would love to hear them.

Other questions to ponder:

  • What are major barriers to adoption of technology solutions in developing nations today (this is a crazy broad question and i know that)
  • Are applications for cell phones a viable distribution mechanism for software in developing nations
  • What incentives to western corporations need to become more involved in the developing world (i.e. when does the ROI become attractive?)
  • At what point will nations such as India turn their technologically educated minority toward empowering the technologically uneducated majority?

Obama Rally in Greensboro

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We just got back from an Obama rally in Greensboro.  It was a lot of fun.  The speeches from Obama and Biden were nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking, but it was just amazing how many people were there!  I think the most inspiring thing of the whole morning was just seeing how many people from so many different walks of life are getting excited about our country again.

I hope that for all of our sake this energy can be sustained and directed for positive change.  While Obama can inspire, it is the people at the rally who need to be the real agents of change.  I hope that we (those at the rally) can channel this passion not just toward one man, but towards the difficult problems of our times