Tuesday, July 18, 2006

First things first

We are a group of accidental engineers interested in figuring out how to use technology to facilitate social development in India. We are interested in all aspects of the social development process which could be improved by technology. What follows is a representative but grossly incomplete list of ideas we are interested in
- Increasing awareness by improving access to information
e.g. ensuring access to computers and the internet
- Ensuring better allocation of resources
e.g. moving books, computers, furniture etc. from places where there is a surplus to places where there is scarcity
- Lowering overheads during the raising and disbursal of funds
- Ensuring better accountability

We are not experts in this field. So as we stumble along towards our goal, this blog will serve as both, a catalogue of our journey and a repository of what we have learned. It's also our hope that through this blog we will be able to network with other individuals and organizations whose interests lie in the intersection of technology and social development. So we would be delighted if you could share your thoughts with us or if you could point us to resources (articles/books/blogs/people) dealing with low cost technology, social development or both.

While talk is important what ultimately matters is action. So we have set up a non-profit organization called DridSankalp (roughly translates to 'strong resolve') through which we will put our money where our mouth is and actually implement some of the ideas discussed here. If interested you could find more details about this organization here.

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