It is disheartening to see that some of the best technological initiatives intended to bridge the digital divide more often than not lack a sound business model. The closely watched One-Laptop-Per-Child (OLPC) initiative lately seems to have fallen into the same trap. Working for a firm in the same space, I doubt how far the third-party payee model would take OLPC.  I'm curious to know how the best of the technological brains behind this initiative break the basic problem of willingness-to-pay.

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~Santosh

 


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Priya Raman
11/29/2007 08:08

There will be lot of technological brains working on the 'Willingness to pay' front and would probably succeed, but the question is would they be able to change the mindset of the 'Deprived' to 'We can do it' and 'We will do it'.
If so, then that would be the best deed that mankind can get an opportunity to do.

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Santosh
11/29/2007 08:17

I agree that the mindset change is much needed. This is however a seemingly elusive process of trying to make the deprived realize the discounted future value of such interventions.

Thanks Priya!

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