When we think about displaced persons we tend to think from the outside in. We focus on creating learning materials for them. We think about sharing our skills with them. What if we flipped the coin? What if we learned from them as well? What if they had the chance to share their skills with us, and generate an income? And do all this online?
The developing world and especially displaced populations, are breeding grounds for innovation because people have to work with less. There are probably hundreds of individuals with skills, and innovative ideas –i.e. how to create products from materials recycling, etc—that they would like to share with everyone- those within the camp/communities, those in other camps and the world. Unfortunately, they are not able to do so. The good news is that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and the Internet can make that exchange possible.
My idea is to provide displaced people with:
the technology, design and development skills that will enable them to create training, educational or informational materials that focus on their needs, their skills, and solutions to their problems.
a tool that will allow them to publish original content via the Internet so they can share with the rest of the world freely or for a cost.