This is an interesting conversation and I see the points from both
sides. I think Ken is right in questioning the idea that you cannot as
Tim says "skip the first three stages and go straight to flying."

I want to make an important distinction here between infrastructure
approach and readiness and mental/organizational capacity/readiness.
There are preconditions to "take off" such as outlined by former
Kennedy/Johnson advisor Walter Rostow:

I feel also that these preconditions to nation-state development
"critical mass" also apply today. Because what Rostow is talking about
applies not just to nation states but to all aspects of human
development. His stages to take-off are a generalized set of criteria
relating to developing momentum towards a critical mass within a
particular system towards rapid growth and replication.

>From my perspective we are talking about a rule of physics that applies
to human phenomena and relates specifically to a core area of interest
to the group here: growth and modernization (and preferably fitting the
"triple bottom line" criteria of ecologically, socially and economically
sustainable development). I see ICT as an augmentation tool that can
rapidly change the dynamics and characteristics of the growth curve that
Rostow described.

The concept of disruptive technologies offers another new concept to the
mix. When disruptive technologies as well as approaches are applied
effectively as part of a comprehensive package of solutions to address
not only development, but world urgent issues like global warming, AIDS
and loss of biodiversity, we start to see that the old rules of
development don't always apply.

Now I want to emphasize I am not talking about rejecting Rostow's
assumptions because to me to reject those preconditions he is talking
about is sort of like saying the law of conservation of energy does not
apply. However what we see is many assumptions that conventional
development policymakers and economists make about the best way to
develop a society not only are increasingly irrelevant, but are
counterproductive to the stated goals and intentions.

What many of us are seeing materialize is something that is truly a
bittersweet experience for us, because we see the potential of
disruptive technologies and approaches to totally transform human
reality like never before. However, the human network readiness on a
global level is still not in place to properly execute this. Therefore,
it is very frustrating for many of us to visualize the integration of
these various disruptive technologies and approaches into a
comprehensive and whole systems approach to sustainable development. We
see the potential is there but the capacity to effectively implement (so
that the effectiveness of ICT as an augmentation tool is obvious and
unchallenged) is still missing.

The central component of this thesis relates not only to ICT/wireless.
What we are seeing is that new technologies in every aspect of human
existence are rapidly making the old technologies and centralized
infrastructure systems obsolete. This has important implications on the
very way in which economies grow because:

1) It impacts ROI, primarily by significantly reducing the
infrastructure costs of development.

2) We are at a unique point in history. Those previously marginalized by
highly hierarchical systems of command and control suddenly have access
to tools to disrupt the conventional order/status quo of contemporary

The technologies are there and ready to be applied, what is needed now
is the effective ICT augmented global network. However, this is not just
an issue of organization but mental and organizational readiness: right
attitude and right mindset. There has to be a basic level of educational
aptitude, strong social networks, effective governance, financial
backing, a general economic justification for developing an integrated
ICT infrastructure and network and finally a firm resolve to do so, and
maybe that is what Tim is getting at.

You can have all the innovative ideas about wireless networks and
disruptive and sustainable technologies, but if there is not the right
execution or implementation, it has limited value... as theory that
seems plausible but is not proven to be true on a practical level. To
effectively address the unprecedented challenges that humanity now faces
(which extend far beyond issues of development to embrace the very
nature of modernity and human existence) we need to get many of us
(including me) who spend a lot of time on the computers talking, more
fully engaged in implementation in the field.
Jeff Buderer | [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
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On 12/31/04 Ken DiPietro wrote:

> With all due respect, what Timothy has outlined here is what is known in
> my world as the "Good Enough" solution. Forgive me if I interpreted your
> position incorrectly Timothy, but as I understand it, you believe we
> should build dirt roads out of the cow paths because people in Nigeria
> are only capable of crawling and maybe - just maybe - we can someday
> teach them to walk.


> What amazes me is that specifically in Nigeria, we can roll out a better
> than "Good Enough" network with no additional influx of money - not one
> red cent - if the powers that be will change their mindset and allow us
> access to the infrastructure that is already in place.

On 12/28/04, Timothy A Gilbert wrote:

> What is the phrase "crawl, walk, run, fly". It sounds like someone in
> Nigeria wants to skip the first three stages and go straight to flying.
> On the other hand there is a chicken and egg problem here to mix
> metaphors. Why train/educate people in basic sciences if there are no
> jobs for them to apply their knowledge and skills? The challenge, it
> would seem, is to find an engine consistent with current conditions that
> runs on part economic development, infrastructure, training, higher
> education, venture capital and government support. Once the engine is
> running sufficiently to enable the full life-cycle of elementary
> education through job aquisition, it can be revved up to drive down the
> path toward a Technology Village.

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