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A remote rural village in Africa received one cell phone to share. The village matriarch is the keeper of the cell phone, charged with determining who will best use the technology to benefit the village and who is more likely to play games.
After a short time, the men who plant crops were using mobile technology to figure out how many crops to plant to bring to market. The village is now sustainable.
This is just one of the stories shared through Women in Tech Campaign, founded by a group of professional women to help expand the definition beyond traditional technology skills.
Women in Tech Campaign’s Emily Rasowsky says:
Sharing how technology is used in developing countries reframes everything in the tech space, broadening the horizon of what technology means and inspiring someone to make one small change or shift, like providing that cell phone to the village. These micro-experiences tell a story. It’s not only about what is the next best app. On a bigger level, we can use the same technique with an organization, sharing work and discussing what creates change. Technology is anything and everything that uses tech tools to improve lives and communities.
Technology can be applied not only to improve day to day lives but also to give a voice to those who are being oppressed throughout the world, using the tools of social and digital media to expand the conversation.
“International development professionals deal with this type of question every day. How can we leverage different types of technology? Information is power,” Rasowsky shares. “Sometimes, it’s about solving a problem of providing healthcare information, access to food, or how to leverage micro-financing. This can be beyond what we typically think of as technology.”
By Anna Isaac
“I turn to my bag to make sure that I keep myself safe,” says Jenny Davies*, one of those with mental health problems who has benefited from the Recovery Bag Project.
The project was set up to provide solace and comfort to people experiencing mental health crises by sending them bags with items such as hand cream and hand busying toys such as “tangles” to support positive behavior and offer distraction.
Its founder, Polly Rogers, a self-described “mental health warrior”, explains how her own experiences during recovery led her to set up the scheme. “I would phone the crisis team and attend all my appointments, which were useful, but when I was sat in my moment of distress I had little right there and then to help me. So I made myself a recovery bag.
“I needed a practical kit at the end of my fingertips so as soon as I noticed the intrusive thought I could engage with something to help me ride the wave of that feeling and significantly reduce or remove the risk of self-harm. Very soon, I realized that this was something I want to share to help others struggling in the same way as me.”
Rogers set up a crowdfunding page and, with family and friends, tried to boost funds in a range of ways, from car boots to bake sales.
Davies describes how receiving a bag helped her: “I was in a bad place, battling severe depression, including suicide attempts and self-harm that often required medical attention which I was too afraid to obtain.
“There were various items in my bag, which have been now transferred into a crisis box for when I am in need of support to keep myself safe … mindfulness coloring, positive notes, a letter and notebook about the project as well as other various calming techniques. Thanks to Polly, I was able to take myself out of crisis and call some of the helplines on the list she provided and help myself to get help.”
By Brian Maass
DENVER (CBS4) – Police officers in Denver will soon have a new tool to help identify suspects who lie about their identity. The City of Denver recently approved $260,000 in the 2016 budget to purchase mobile fingerprinting technology.
DPD’s gang unit was equipped with the devices in a pilot program last fall. Officers say the fingerprinting units provided instant answers and cut down on cases of mistaken identity.
Take the case of Bryce Wilhite. When Denver police officers contacted him last year, they say he lied, telling them he was his twin brother, Aaron. But officers used a mobile fingerprint scanner which instantaneously told them the man they questioned was not Aaron Wilhite, but Bryce Wilhite, who had an outstanding warrant. He was immediately arrested.
Denver Police Lieutenant John Pettinger oversaw the pilot program, “We frequently have times when someone that we contact doesn’t have an identification card and gives us a name that is not their name.”
Police say that’s what Mario Chavez did last year when they caught up with him– they say he too lied about who he was. But a quick digital fingerprint scan revealed who he was and that he had a felony warrant. Chavez went to jail.
Pettinger says the new technology should dramatically slash misidentifications and wrongly jailing people which has been a huge problem in the past.
“It is an ongoing problem that we are looking for technology to hopefully help us out with,” he said.
By Carlotta Olson
AspenPointe Heroes of Mental Health – Will recognize Guy and Jane Bennett, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., $50. Reservations: tinyurl.com/p4ojoop.
Author Talk and Book Signing – With retired Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, Marine Corps, to benefit Freedom Service Dogs, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., $50. Advance tickets: www.freedomservicedogs.org/event.
Bonfils Community Blood Drive – Appointments required. – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Oct. 6, Colorado College, Worner Hall Lounge, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.; 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, www.bonfils.org.
Colorado Springs Senior Center – 1514 N. Hancock Ave., if no cost listed, call or go online. Registration: 387-6000, www.csseniorcenter.com. – Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. – Medicare Made Clear, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 8, free. – Aging is Not a Disease, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, $1. – Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Good Sleep Hygiene, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 14, $1. – Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Fridays, Oct. 16-Nov. 20, $1; Kent Mathews, 471-7080, ext. 115. – Early Detection and Risk Reduction of Cancer After 50, 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 19, $1. – Hiatal Hernia, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 21, $1. – Senior Fitness Testing, 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Oct. 23, $3. – Cold and Flu Season, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 23, $1.
Common Sight, Common Vision Breakfast – 7-8:30 a.m. Nov. 13, Hotel Eleganté, 2886 S. Circle Drive, donations accepted to benefit United States Association of Blind Athletes. Reservations: 866-3222, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fit for the Cure – 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dillards, 1790 Briargate Blvd. $2 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for every woman who participates and another $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased; 532-1400.
Go Red For Women Education Day and Luncheon – To benefit the American Heart Association, 9 a.m. Friday, DoubleTree Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Road, $125. Registration: www.coloradospringsgored.heart.org.
Hacking Medicaid – Healthcare Innovation Event – Oct. 23 and 24, Hotel Eleganté, 2886 S. Circle Drive, go online for times and costs. Registration: hackingmedicaid.org/register.
Home Health Care In 2015 – Presented by the Non-Practicing and Part- Time Nurses Association, 12:45 p.m. Monday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free. Open to LPNs and RNs; Janet 749-2653, Phyllis, 597-5164.
Lunch and Lecture – The Impact of Tuberculosis on Architecture in Colorado Springs – 11:45 a.m. Oct. 6, Colorado College, I.D.E.A. Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $15. Registration required: 227-8263, jhunterlarsen@ coloradocollege.edu.
Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes – Registration: 444-2273, uchealth.org/ healthlink. – Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyles: Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Memorial Hospital North, 4050 Briargate Parkway, $10.
Signature Chefs Auction – To benefit March of Dimes, 6 p.m. Oct. 15, Broadmoor Hall, 1 Lake Ave., $200. Reservations: tinyurl.com/na5yheb.
Strides for Epilepsy 5k Run/Walk – 9 a.m. check-in, race starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Registration: www.epilepsycolorado.org.
Our global food system is need of serious change, but the recipes for solutions diverge greatly, pointing to very different causes. Some may be worried that there won’t be enough food in the future, and offer greater outputs and intensive industrial agriculture as the answer. Others believe enough food is already produced around the world and consider distribution, access, affordability, and health as the main issues. Many worry about the impact of climate change and other environmental factors – from soil erosion to water scarcity and pollution. At any rate, there is a widespread sense that something has to be done.
Looking at these and other responses, we can identify various approaches in the debates that animate politics, the media, and civil society. At the risk of oversimplifying, these positions often build on two opposite attitudes toward science and technology. On one hand, some are convinced that the food system can only gain from the introduction of scientific innovations, ranging from laboratory experimentation on genetically modified organisms to replacement meats and the extraction of compounds and nutrients to be used in cooking, as recently proposed by the French scientist and now renowned author Hervé This. This position elicits visceral reactions, as many fear a total dehumanization of the food system, creating risks to human health and to the environment, as well as causing the exclusion of whole segments of the human population from crucial decisions about what we grow and consume.