Guest Lecture: Gabriel Krieshok

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

A People's Field Guide to Taming Wicked Problems with the Digital Tools of Tomorrow

There is a persistent hope that technology will have an unimpeachable and positive impact on the communities that make up the Global South. While this position has matured over the years, it is still nonetheless the prevailing paradigm among project leaders, stakeholders, and community-level beneficiaries — that the 'right' technology, applied correctly, will be remarkably transformative. Yesterday it was computers, telecenters, and the mobile phone — today it's blockchain, drones, and AI. In this presentation I will 1) present a sample of current ICT4D-related trends (some good, some bad) in communities at the grassroots level, 2) offer a catalog of ICT4D-related approaches that need addressing, and 3) re-orient the positivist view of technology from the tool itself to the tool-maker(s), of which we need many more.

Speaker Bio:

Gabriel Krieshok is digital strategist and UX designer based in Washington D.C. Most recently, Gabriel helped found the U.S. Peace Corps' global Technology for Development (ICT4D) program. Gabriel founded and manages — a website for global technology use resources, and he created Propr Things — a start-up 3d-printing company that designs solutions to everyday problems.

Gabriel works with government, NGO, and private-sector entities including the U.S. State Department, USAID, the New America Foundation, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and TechChange—a D.C.-based education startup. Gabriel holds a Master's of Science in Information and a Master's of Public Policy—both from the University of Michigan.