How can we use technology platforms to build a better world? That’s kind of a “big” question, but where better than a Mozilla Maker Party to dig into the details.
The recent Maker Party hosted at Open Gov Hub featured panelists from the World Bank, Internews, and SimLab, all of whom came together to discuss precise examples of when and where technology can be used to enhance civic engagement and spark social change—or what I would otherwise call “better world” building. Be it an SMS platform, an open data tool, or an online community for video content, we have to keep in mind that the tool, in and of itself, is not the means to an end. There are a few questions—or “best practices,” if you will—that technology evangelists need to keep in mind.