This storyteller and educator has spent the past two decades exploring the dynamic between humanity and technology.
Six years ago, I recalibrated my graduate program from an almost-exclusive focus on the wonders of digital media to a “people first” emphasis on the relational currency of trust and collective action — with tech in a supporting-role, not a starring one.
We urgently need to push this premise further. Too often, technology happens TO us, rather than WITH us. It’s a massive power imbalance only exacerbated by the pandemic. So, I’ve chosen to address this with co-principals Nandini Ranganathan and Shankar Narayan in a new community-centric initiative, MIRA! Mobilize Innovation, Reimagine Agency!
Through MIRA! we will promote learning, research and advocacy so that communities can engage (“mobilize”) with tech systems (“innovation”) from the outset — as partners and as stakeholders. In this way, we can have more of a say (“reimagine”) in how (“agency”) technology is created and deployed.
In a democracy, we need to exercise the terms of our social contract within trusted spaces, so that we can all help shape our future. We’re launching our website today https://mirathefuture.org, and will host community conversations beginning September 11, 2020.