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Digital initiatives for social causes are everywhere these days – from laptops in education to social media for political activism. In Geek Heresy, Kentaro Toyama, former Microsoft computer scientist, draws on his years of experience in India and elsewhere to show that, despite its incredible power, technology fails to provide answers to the world’s social problems. According to Bill Gates, the book’s depth of research “reminds us that there are few one-size-fits-all solutions.” In conversation with Wier Harman, Town Hall’s Executive Director, Toyama will give examples in education, healthcare, and democracy to demonstrate that there is no social change without deep change in people.
After the event, Humanosphere‘s Tom Paulson will host further discussion in the cafe with Kentaro for anyone who would like to stay.
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Presented by: Town Hall, Elliott Bay Book Company, and Humanosphere, as part of the Civics series.
Series supported by:
and the True-Brown Foundation.
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