Category: goodtech

goodtech 12: “If we stop thinking of better, it inevitably gets worse”

I hope I’m wrong. I hope all of you reading this are still out there with energy & enthusiasm for the work of doing the right things. I hope this class brings back my faith in humanity (although reading about failed utopias will really challenge you on that, pro tip).

I hope that if you are reading this and you’re feeling the same way, you’ll reach out so we both know we’re not alone. This shit is hard, and I have so much respect and love for everyone trying to do the right thing anyway, and I also just think we should all acknowledge that it’s hard and help each other out.

goodtech 11: Big news 🎉 and a summer’s worth of stories

Goodtech started as a volunteer project to support founders in social impact spaces who weren’t finding what they needed from traditional incubator programs. We shared rants, laughter, occasional tears, and the ridiculous contortions we’d come up with to circumnavigate the fact that public & private spaces aren’t yet built to work together.

Above all, we shared a common belief that until we can find ways to use the innovation and technology so prevalent in the private sector, we’ll never harness human capacity for good in the public sector.

goodtech 10: no such thing as other people’s children

After Uvalde, for me at least, the idea that there’s any pathway forward in a country that will kill women to protect fertilized eggs yet recommend bulletproof blankets to children doing nothing more than learning their ABCs died a permanent and painful death.

I simply can’t reconcile the idea that any policy change or innovative idea can change something so dominant as the idea that children don’t matter unless they’re not born yet.

goodtech 09: the fragility of everything

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goodtech 05: Solving should be more important than sectors, and running out of hope

Let’s stop asking how to treat people’s money and start asking how we can best help people help people.

How do we empower people, companies, and technologies that serve the public good without making them subject to private control or forcing them to operate on shoestrings?

goodtech 04: Standing in line, having no teeth, and why institutions are failing

Institutions are failing because they aren’t built for the people they serve. They’re built by people who have no idea what it’s like to be in need, and all the good intentions in the world can’t fix what you’ll miss from simply not knowing what it’s like to live there.

goodtech 03: Near-death experiences, gendered car crashes, and the time tax

Those tests reduce crash damage for men – including whiplash by 71%, since the design of headrests and airbags is built around the way men’s necks are structured. As a result, women are injured more often and more severely than they would if safety equipment were designed for them.

Also, we’ve known this since at least 1980. NHTSA was supposed to implement a family of drivers and passengers of all sexes against which they could test safety equipment that year. The project was cut due to budget restrictions under the Reagan administration.

To this day, there’s no intention of testing safety ratings for female drivers, much less passengers.