It is all about People. We need remind ourselves about that, consistently, and certainly before interacting. All-the-rest is supportive to this notion.
People are the context for technology, change models, and subsequent investments. And dealing with people necessitates contemplation and apprehension. Assessment of the outset, potential, and the capacity to reach it.
And with humbleness, servitude - a pile of those desirable human attributes - oh yes.
People's voices are now being heart globally, and we are stunned by the sheer magnitude of differences in the world, by trauma experienced by so many, on both sides of the equator; People dwelling in plenty virtually impotent in connecting with those living with so little. And a thin veneer between a smile and frightful discontent.
It is amazing what a great variety of cultural contexts exists in our global village. So much I hear and read in The West makes so much sense in The West, but makes no(n)sense in The South, and so much I hear and read in The South makes so much sense in The South, but makes no(n)sense in The West.
What to say and write when commuting between the two? Let's translate, build bridges, amend, augment, and transform. How to reach the potential? Appropriate technologies? Very much so! Exposure and guidance? Of course! All in context-appropriate ways, that is.
Thus the need for applied, transformational research. Inquisitive, cross cultural, exiting research. Research Education Developments (RED), The North filling the void for appropriate (rational?) technologies that fit the context and needs of people in The South, The South filling the void for appropriate (relational?) technologies that fit the context and needs of people in The North.
Living in a connecting world, with abilities to feel different worlds can be discomforting. However, we are all people, and that is where it is all about.