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[liberationtech] Help Puerto Rico use tech for social good

Yosem Companys companys at tmp.ucsb.edu
Mon Apr 9 08:18:32 PDT 2018


Yep. I completely agree with Jayne and Kate. Many in Silicon Valley often
start with a solution in search of a problem, whereas Stanford Liberation
Technology always preached start with a problem and then figure out a
solution. If the solution requires tech, great. If not, don't use tech. But
having an inventory of proven solutions for problems is also important to
avoid reinventing the wheel. That said, one must avoid becoming a "garbage
can." See:
https://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/teaching/articles/Cohen_March_Olsen_1972.pdf.

On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 8:10 AM, Jayne Cravens <jayne at coyotebroad.com> wrote:

> On 2018-04-08 22:02, Kate Krauss wrote:
>
>
> Generally speaking, the way to help people in distress is to ask them what
> they need (rather than guessing or assuming, which often results in a tool
> without a user base and a lot of people who desperately needed something
> else).
>
>
> Just wanted to say this response was so right on, IMO. That whole "Let's
> ask people what they want and need and might already being doing" gets left
> out too often.
>
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