Sustainability? Have your say!
July 10, 2005 § Leave a comment
I finally had time to catch up with the Ugabytes online conference about telecentre sustainability. This multi-week event gathers African community technology champions to dig into one of the toughest questions facing telecentres.
After cruising through 10 days of discussion, I have to say this is one of the most impressive conversations on this issue I’ve seen. People have touched on:
- The importance of social mission and community buy in as the first step towards sustainability … with this, people are driven to come up with inventive ways to keep a telecentre alive.
- The diversity of approaches the people are actually employing to resource telecentres, including multi-stakholder partnerships, embedding in existing social orgs and volunteerism.
- They very definition of the word ‘telecentre’ and the role telecentres play beyond simple access to computers and the Internet.