Give Them the Technology and They Will Come

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Presentation given at the National Digital Inclusion Conference 27th April 2009, workstream - e-Engagement.

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Give Them the Technology and They Will Come

  1. 1. Give Them the Technology and They Will Come <ul><li>Chris Batt </li></ul>
  2. 2. The People’s Network
  3. 3. <ul><li>200,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>50,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>250,000 </li></ul><ul><li>400,000 </li></ul><ul><li>40,000 </li></ul><ul><li>200,000 </li></ul><ul><li>100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>hours free Internet availability </li></ul><ul><li>user sessions </li></ul><ul><li>back into learning </li></ul><ul><li>gained new skill </li></ul><ul><li>IT training sessions </li></ul><ul><li>got new jobs </li></ul><ul><li>supported community activity </li></ul><ul><li>made new friends </li></ul>“ A Bridge Across the Digital Divide”
  4. 4. The longest gap year since records began
  5. 5. Public value chains in a networked world
  6. 6. How important is technology to the democratic process?
  7. 7. Political infrastructure Technology The people
  8. 8. Political infrastructure Technology The people Change Understanding Empowerment Better lives Power?
  9. 9. BARRIERS Mechanisms for engagement Motivation Relevance Value (return on investment)
  10. 10. BARRIERS Mechanisms for engagement Motivation Relevance Value (return on investment)
  11. 11. The land of informed bewilderment
  12. 12. Digital inclusion stretches much further than the screen The Web we have now will not be the Web of the future There has to be a more radical debate concerning outcomes Public policy must embrace the whole value chain from citizen to decision It must be a journey of equals
  13. 13. An e-Bay for learning Learning opportunities modelled on large-scale, multi-player games YouLearn video site where learners could post their own solutions A We-Think approach will offer learning all over, all the time, in a wide variety of settings, for a wide variety of people, more tailored to small groups and individual needs
  14. 14. Out with the education juggernaut, in with the learning society

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