Geek Heresy

Geek Heresy

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Toyama, Kentaro PublicAffairs, 2015 Audio summary available
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In Geek Heresy, Kentaro Toyama argues that poor communities around the world should not be viewed as problems for new technologies to fix, but as people and institutions to nurture and fortify. After years of research on technology’s impact on socioeconomic development, Toyama has concluded that the best way to create lasting social change is not by providing a community with new laptops or microloans, but by nurturing the community’s capacity for autonomous improvement. To this end, agents of social change must learn to avoid the cult of quick-fix technologies and instead look to the long-term, sustainable solutions of education and mentorship.