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    • e-STAS 2007 Innovation and NGO Technology Allen Gunn Aspiration www.aspirationtech.org gunner@aspirationtech.org 23 de marzo de 2007.Diputación Provincial, Sevilla These materials are distributed under a Creative Commons license: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5
    • Three Perspectives ►Lessons Learned in NGO Tech Innovation ►3 Drivers in NGO Tech Innovation ►Social Source Commons
    • Innovation is Double-Edged ►“Innovations” can take NGOs backwards ►NGOs should strive to retain control of their technological destiny  “Bleeding edge” technology is rarely advisable  There is power in the trailing edge  Less is more ►Innovate by letting technology magnify your work, not define it
    • Power Dynamics in NGO Tech ►Too few NGO stakeholders understand technology well  The technology-literate hold disproportionate weight in technology decisions  Tech values can crowd out mission values ►NGOs feel pressure to use innovative tech  From funders, peers ►Technology is often disempowering for NGOs  This drives risk-aversion
    • Language as Power ►Innovationshould be discussed in the language of NGO mission and audience  Not in the language of whiz-bang tech ►Innovation should by driven by “user stories”  How will users of new technology benefit”  Will the value be enough to get them to use it?  Do all stakeholders understand the stories? ►Unsustainable innovation is no innovation
    • NGO Innovation Checklist ►Questions to ask when introducing new tech  Can we articulate the benefits in simple terms?  Do we feel in control of the process?  Do we understand the tech fundamentals?  Are we considering the full innovation life cycle?  Do we have a plan for addressing failure?  Will this allow us to focus more time on mission?  Have all stakeholders been engaged?  Do they want the innovation?
    • 3 Drivers in NGO Innovation ►Free and open source software  Properly deployed, offers many new options ►Free and open content  New models for sharing knowledge ►Open interfaces for accessing data  Freeing “hostage” NGO information
    • Social Source Commons ►Designed to let NGOs share tech knowledge  Inspired by Wikipedia, del.icio.us, flickr  Collaborative editing  Democratic categorization  Open source, open standards ►Maps the NGO software landscape  Goal: distribution center for software knowledge  Connect the unconnected resources
    • www.socialsourcecommons.org
    • www.socialsourcecommons.org
    • www.socialsourcecommons.org
    • The End Thank You! These materials are distributed under a Creative Commons license: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5