Crowdsourcing Nepal's Prosperity

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An idea to crowdsource knowledge base building using web 2.0 tools and mobile for digital literacy in Nepal. Presented to Synergy Nepal International.

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Crowdsourcing Nepal's Prosperity

  1. 1. Crowdsourcing Nepal’s Prosperity <ul><li>A Media Ecology Strategy for Development Using ICT4D and Mobile4D </li></ul>Prepared for the founding meeting of Synergy Nepal International 7/13/2010 by Jan Herder 3 Dimensional Environments for Emergence http://www.3de4e.com http://www.facebook. com/#!/SynergyNepal
  2. 2. ICT4D & M4D Offers Nepal a Way to Leap Frog <ul><li>“From the constraints of the past to the opportunities of the future” Leonel Fernandez, President of the Dominican Republic. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Key Ideas <ul><li>Pay the People of Nepal to build a Knowledge Base using micro payments over the cell phone (Dedicated Tourist Tax) </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Economy and Self Reliant Approach to Development (Eco-tourism, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Do It Yourself Nepal University </li></ul><ul><li>Incubate eCommerce sites hyperlocally </li></ul><ul><li>Network existing Telecenters, Libraries, etc </li></ul>
  4. 4. Do It Yourself Nepal University
  5. 5. OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Open_educational_resources http://www.oercommons.org / http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm FREE
  6. 6. iTunes University http://itunes.stanford.edu /
  7. 7. Existing ICT Infrastructure Investing in knowledge about NEPAL Created and organized by the people of Nepal A Repository of what is unique about Nepal
  8. 8. Bio Regional Inventory Building <ul><li>A Knowledge Base is the Foundation for wealth in a Global Knowledge Economy. </li></ul>How Do We Build Wealth?
  9. 9. PPGIS
  10. 10. http://www.iapad.org/applications/protected_areas/sagarmatha.htm
  11. 11. HyperLocal Knowledge Intimate and detailed content from every place in Nepal Languages and Culture--People, the natural resources of the 21st Century Knowledge Economy neilsnepal.wordpress.com/.../
  12. 12. Teledensity rate in Nepal 20.45% Nepal Telecom’s subscriber base has pushed up the penetration rate from 10.12% to 13.28%. This has led to increase in country’s teledensity rate to 20.45%. In the first eight months, NT, Nepal’s largest telecom company, distributed 705,469 additional GSM mobile phone lines, taking up the number of NT’s GSM cell phone subscribers to 2.42 million. It also reported 206,016 additional CDMA phone lines in the first eight months. NT is intending to distribute two million additional GSM phone lines and 462,000 CDMA lines within this fiscal year. “ In the next two years people can see more people using mobile phone service even in the rural areas,” Amar Nath Singh, Chief of NT, reportedly said. “We are also actively pursuing the task of installing VSATs to operate mobile phone services in remote places,” he added. www.WirelessFederation.com/news : Telecenter Locations Courtesy of Bidyasri
  13. 13. A Convergence of Interests and Technology <ul><li>WEB 2.0: User Generated Content </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Phone Use </li></ul><ul><li>Telecenter and ICT4D Network </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Interests </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>NGO’s </li></ul>
  14. 14. We Follow Best Practices M4D http://txteagle.com/services.html
  15. 15. Start With What you Have <ul><li>Start Today </li></ul>
  16. 16. Next Steps YOU YOU Thank you for watching this slide show. If you have any ideas or suggestions relating to this please leave me a comment. Our project is on going and we are seeking interested partners and collaborators. Stay tuned for disruptive innovation.

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