Thursday, July 28, 2011

Race, Gender, Tech (2)

So I Did It
Little Flickers Of Racism
Race, Gender, Tech

Race is like health care policy, it is like foreign policy. It is primarily for the politicians to work on. Gender is the same way. And so in tech I try to talk about the two topics as little as possible. It is not the best arena.

My Web Diagram

On the other hand group dynamics is the number one thing I bring to the table for work. And there gender is just this outstanding, outstanding topic. And I don't even mean that in a political way. I most certainly don't mean that in a "women and children" way. If I were an astrophysicist, the stars might similarly fascinate me. But I am not one. Gender holds that kind of fascination to me. Race and culture are also grand topics, but gender is out there. Staying fascinated with gender keeps me sharp.

On the other hand microfinance is steeped in social and political realities. If 70% of your customers are going to be women living on a dollar a day, two dollars a day, and, more importantly, subject to some of the crudest forms of sexism, it is plain ostrich behavior to say you can stay neutral to gender talk.

Going To War With Communications Technology
The Long March Of Democracy

And considering how much more important good governance is to poverty alleviation - it is more important than microfinance - the political intersects with tech entrepreneurship. And I am very much at home.

The Google/Facebook Of Microfinance
Microfinance: No Substitute For Good Governance
Seeking Head Of State Like Powers
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