Published by Working Wikily on 30 Jun 2010 at 11:05 am
Our colleagues at the Global Business Network just released a major new report with the Rockefeller Foundation: “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development.” It takes a novel scenario-driven approach to describing how technology can alleviate poverty, tapping the tradition of scenario planning as a tool for strategic thinking that GBN has pioneered over the past two decades.
It presents four stories (scenarios) that describe possible futures for the evolution of political-economy, technology, and the role of development over the next 15 years, and I’m happy to note that the stories all reinforce the importance of cross-sectoral and networked approaches to both problem-solving and organizational structure.
One of the running themes in the report is that development work will require a greater range of intervention methods. In several scenarios, for example, philanthropic organizations and other development actors encounter significant obstacles in working with large institutions, but discover new and effective approaches by teaming with nontraditional partners and even individuals. Refreshingly, the report does not approach technology as a panacea to lowering barriers to development, opting instead for a more treatment of the question. The full text of the report is available for download and a preview is shown below:
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