Can Empathy be ‘Taught’ to Adults?

Empathy plays a critical role in AIDA’s learning program. And, we are constantly looking for new ways to incorporate it into our curriculum.

Here is one such example from Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back (great book by the way, highly recommended)

Arthur Aron and Elaine Aron are husband and wife as well as research partners and writing collaborators at Stony Brook University. They have made

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Mini Announcement: AI Blog Migration

Appropriate IT’s blog has migrated from our own servers to the hosted service at WordPress.com.

This is the first, and most probably the simplest, step in our major redesign of the main website at www.appropriateit.org. There may be some issues with images displaying properly or broken links. We will be resolving those issues in due course.

Please pardon the inconvenience. :)

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Changes, Changes…

Kollapatti School Kids (cc) waterdotorg

Appropriate IT is in the midst of an exciting transition. Watch out for major announcements by the end of the year. In preparation, our technologies and internal systems are changing as well. The first step in the systems migration is our blog which is moving from our internal server to wordpress.com.

All blog posts, images, and other files from the archives are being migrated to

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Writing on the Wall as Appropriate Technology for Transparency

NREGA Report on Wall

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (known widely as NREGA) is the rural employment guarantee scheme implemented by the Indian government in August 2005. The law guarantees 100 days of work for a pay of Rs 120 a day (see MGNREGA on Wikipedia). With its Rs 40,000 crore budget, it is no surprise that the project is bedeviled by charges of corruption and

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Rote Memorization Fail: Thiruvilayadal vs. Konar Tamil Urai

Recently we were watching the movie Thiruvilayadal at a friend’s place. Without going into too much of the plot (since that does not add anything to the subject of this post), there is a segment in it where Nakkeeran, the court poet, finds fault with a poetic piece composed by none other than god Shiva himself. Here is the piece, cued to start at 55

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Required Skills for the Future Work Force

Apollo Research Institute (formerly University of Phoenix Research Institute) has identified 10 work skills that are critical for the future work force:

Sense-making: ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
Social intelligence: ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
Novel and adaptive thinking: proficiency at thinking and

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Small Revolutions Expand Epic Innovations

Gutenberg’s printing press is widely (and rightfully!) celebrated as an innovation of epic scale. It fundamentally changed society as it existed up until that point. Printed materials became easy to produce, heralding a new age of information and idea dissemination.

Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations has a related invention that is not as commonly known:

In 1501 Aldus

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Wishing Upon a Star…

Appropriate IT Development Academy
Education for Life

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Dear Friends,

A new year is upon us. When we look back to the beginning of 2011 for Appropriate IT, I remember feeling like we were wishing upon a star. We had an audacious idea of what we wanted to achieve – enable under-privileged young women become full participants in the

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Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) Heralds a New Era for Access to Information

Samburu & Masai Mara, Kenya (cc) CanWeBowlPlease

2011 has been a great year for Kenya in the areas of access to information and open data.

First, in April 2011, Kenya Gazette Notices dating back to 1906 were digitized and made available online through a partnership between Kenya Law Review and Google Kenya.

Then, in July, Kenya partnered with Google Books to release 60 years of Kenya’s Hansard (the official report of parliamentary

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Understanding the Wants and Needs of Customers

In their chapter titled “Innovation for the BoP: The Patient-Capital Perspective,” Robert Kennedy (University of Michigan and WDI) and Jacqueline Novogratz (Acumen Fund) give a real-world example of why a social (or any) enterprise should be willing to learn from their customers on what their wants and needs are and be ready to tailor their services appropriately.

Human-centric design begins with attempt to understand the

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Featured Posts
  • Learning is a Mindset

    AIDA Inauguration 5

    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

    Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes

  • AIDA Launches with a Celebration and Inspiration for Social Change

    Appropriate IT Development Academy (AIDA)

    On August 15, Appropriate IT Development Academy (AIDA) hosted a special event to celebrate India’s independence day and mark the opening of AIDA’s first training center in Kinathukadavu, near Coimbatore, India.

    This event “Celebrating Ourselves, Inspiring Social Change” took place at NGP Engineering College, Coimbatore on Aug 15 from 3 – 5 pm. The ceremony opened with a short presentation on Appropriate IT’s

  • Introducing Janani: A Crowdsourcing + Citizen Engagement Platform

    Janani: An open source crowdsourcing + citizen engagement platform

    Appropriate IT’s Innovation Lab is delighted to announce the release of our first product: Janani, an open source crowdsourcing + citizen engagement platform for social accountability.

    Janani is a citizen engagement platform ideal for crowdsourced assessments of publicly funded projects, monitoring of service delivery to citizens, improving accountability in governance, or increasing participation for programs.

    Key features of the platform include:

    An easy-to-use text messaging

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