M4D’s inconvenient truth

I loved this post by social-enterprise tech guru Ken Banks, articulating many of the principles we now (after years of getting it wrong) try to live by at Electric Book Works and Paperight.

Yes, we should provide local entrepreneurs and grassroots non-profits with tools – and where appropriate and requested, expertise – but we shouldn’t develop solutions to problems we don’t understand, we shouldn’t take ownership of a problem that isn’t ours and we certainly shouldn’t build things thousands of miles away and then jump on a plane in search of a home for them.

Highly recommended reading.

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