Assigned: Thursday, August 27
Due date: Tuesday, September 1
"Kids in the developing world need the newest technology."
-- Nicholas Negroponte [1
]"The world's poorest two billion people desperately need healthcare, not laptops."
-- Bill Gates, 2000 [2
Students will be assigned to teams (which will be listed on the assignment web page) on the first day of class. Students should read or watch each of the listed resources in their section and add an additional useful resource through a comment on the assignment web page. It is recommended that team members also at least each skim the resources of other teams, in order to be able to make intelligent criticisms.
Each student should independently produce 1-2 pages of notes to help them take part in the debate and to turn it for grading at the end of the class. The audience for the debate would be an imaginary grantor of $10 million. Students can optionally pretend to be an individual associated with their cause, such as the ones listed. Each team will have about 10 minutes at the beginning of Tuesday's class to plan together before the debate. Each team will make an opening statement of approximately 5 minutes, advancing their position and providing background necessary for understanding it. There will then be a round of cross-examination, in which teams can criticize the claims of other teams, who get to respond. Finally, there will be brief closing statements. Each team member should have some speaking role.
: The best way to help the world's poorest two billion people is by providing healthcare, not technology.Team
: Clare, Drew, Kat, SimonIndividuals
: Stephen Dukker
, Bill Gates
, John Wood
: The best way to help the world's poorest two billion people is by providing them with access to telephones.Team
: Clare, Helen, Linda, Lovage, RhiIndividuals
: Iqbal Quadir
, Muhammad Yunus
- Bhavnani, A., R. el al. The Role of Mobile
Phones in Sustainable Rural Poverty Reduction. World
Bank, ICT Policy Division, Global Information and Communications
Department, Washington, DC, June 1, 2008.
- Grameen Technology Center. Village Phone Replication Manual, October 2005. URL: http://www.grameenfoundation.org/pubdownload/~pubid=1. Downloaded August 26, 2009. [Only read portions of this 150-page document.]
- Quadir, Iqbal. Iqbal Quadir says mobile phones fight poverty [video and transcript], TED, July 2005.
- Yunus, Muhammad. Nobel Lecture [video and transcript], Oslo, Norway, October 10, 2006.
: The best way to help the world's poorest children is by providing them with access to computers and the Internet.Team
: Anna, Kehontas, Maria, Sarah, StephanieIndividuals
: Nicholas Negroponte
: The best way to help the world's poorest two billion
people is by providing basic health care to mothers and children,
fighting HIV, and promoting literacy.Team
: Celeste, Kelsey, Rebecca, Yuen
: Kofi Annan
, Ban Ki-Moon