Participatory Engagement is key

Robin Mansell is at Professor at the London School of Economics focuses on “bottom up” participatory engagement.  This is an important factor when looking at access and affordability issues in rural settings.  People who will use the technologies need to be involved in the discourse around how to provide and what to provide in terms of ICTs.  They also need to be involved in the training and give training to each other.

Mansell, R. (2013, June 25).   Digital divide- Robin Mansell [Video file].  Retrieved from

How do we do this in rural Upstate New York?  Getting people to participate means identifying the community centers in a rural community.  This could be the :

Public Library

Lions Club

Public School


Fire House