Look, power exists: Someone has to have it. If you would exercise it ethically, why not you?
She (Dr. Ursula Franklin) really looked at the way power weaves its way through technology…as a set of social practices. …..and that has been something that has really influenced everything that I’ve thought about technology. ….the only thing that makes technology journalism worth doing, to me, is the notion that if we think critically about it and we talk about the politics of it, that we can get better at it and we can democratize technologies and we can think more creatively about their impacts, instead of what we normally do, which is to say ‘well the genie’s out of the bottle! there’s nothing we can do about it now!” So the notion that you could think critically about it and there could be a sociology of technology, a political theory about technology…..but also the fact that she was Canadian and a scientist and a woman, all together, were very powerful for me. ~ Nora Young
One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak. ~ Gloria Steinem
The real task is for the oppressed to liberate not just themselves but their oppressors, and thereby recover the humanity of both. ~ Paulo Freire
sparks! is curated by Al Etmanski