Upcoming Seminars

    Seminar #7, May 16th, 5pm UTC — Appropriate Technology by Another Name -- AT and the Civic Tech Movement (Presenter: Mjumbe Poe)

    Appropriate Technology (AT) is a guiding framework for building technology that addresses the basic needs of individuals while respecting cultural, ecological, and economic constraints. The Civic Technology (Civic Tech) movement has evolved to bring private-sector technological practices into the public domain, aiming to modernize government services while navigating bureaucratic constraints. Both AT and Civic Tech share a common philosophy: empowering communities through technology that is sustainable, culturally sensitive, and stakeholder-oriented. This talk explores the connections between AT and Civic Tech, illustrating how their shared goals can be harnessed to foster cross-movement collaboration. We'll discuss how terminological changes can mask the continuity of the projects. By examining the parallels between AT and Civic Tech, we aim to inspire a broader understanding of how these frameworks can inform each other and offer new strategies for solving complex social and technological challenges.

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    All seminars can be joined at

    Seminar #1: History and Development of Appropriate Technology, November 2023

    Seminar #2: Military Technology, Conquest Mentality and What We Must Do, December 2023

    Seminar #3: AT Manifesto, January 2024

    Seminar #4: Appropriate Technology - Ontological, Epistemic and Axiological Virtue With Ubuntu to Excavate and Revive the Rich Indigenous Knowledge Roots in Africa to Include in the Education System, February 2024

    Seminar #5: Revolutionizing Agriculture Through Appropriate Technology (Panel of practitioners; Facilitator: Brian Stephenson), March 2024

    Seminar #6: Structures and Strategies to Empower Communities with Appropriate Technology, April 2024

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