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Mikko Kotila [GG] Re: (probably) the world's highest solar powered mesh network and offline media server setup 2016-09-09 20:47:00 (2 years 2 mons 15 days 06:16:00 ago)

Thank you Anish for sharing the article, and for everyone else for the kind feedback  and sharing :) 


Shannon, thank you for taking the time to provide thoughtful commentary. To clear the air in respect to skynet and "organization", there is no NGO, and there is no 501(c) which as you suggest is really just a corporate with benefits. 

When it comes to India and NGOs, the situation is very complicated in my view. There are more than 1,000,000 NGO organizations on the ground. Many of these NGOs are not aligned with the long term interests of the communities, and in many cases this is not obvious initially. Money coming to NGOs is increasingly attached. Few years ago a friend from UNDP said "there just is no no-strings-attached money left. None." 

So far I looked at this problem through three areas of intervention / improvement; economy, education and health. A graphic below to highlight an example of how. I like the idea of thinking about culture in this context as well. I'm worried about the cultural apect more than others when I'm in Ladakh, but the fact I had not thought about it in the formal context says a lot. As you can see, it is entirely missing from my graphic. 

I think what we tend to do is come from the west, go to a place like India, and not realize that while the people there tend to be poorer, die younger and have less access to education, due to their rich culture there is something more than that. I mean we might have great appreciation for the culture, but at the same time we might be ambitious with our own interest. Even when there is no extra ambition, it is incredibly hard to understand causalities related with mixing disruptive technology and ancient cultures.

In case of skynet and what we had experimented with in Ladakh, there is no organization or immediate plan for organization, and there is no need for one. We're hoping to encourage the locals by example to "take over". We don't get money from anyone, and do not ask for any. We're working closely together with the local leaders in the preservation of Ladakhi Culture in Ladakh. It's like "everybody welcome, nobody invited." 

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