How to Fund Tech: A Guide for Funders
Over the years, I've talked to lots of grantmakers about the role technology plays in their portfolio. I went deep with one foundation, and produced a guide to help grantmakers strengthen their strategy and process for engaging in technical topics without getting overwhelmed by the complexity and the vastness of the topic. Ariadne produced a second edition and you can find it here: https://www.ariadne-network.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Ariadne-how-to-fund-tech_guide.pdf
Hype cycle, meet harm cycle
How can we use the Gartner hype cycle to understand how new technology causes harm
There’s just one way. Up.
Perhaps you’ve already heard about what happened with Crisis Text Line. It’s a wild story. It’s also a perfect example of the lifecycle of a technical project that is meant to improve society. From a moment of opportunity, to the ascent of a storyteller that can get tremendous support to seize that opportunity, to the fixation on scaling an initiative, to the decline of interest, to a pivot to financial sustainability at any cost.
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