Here I will focus on ‘content’ knowledge rather than the broader life lessons of how to work, how to treat people and so on. Now that I no longer work there and have no agenda other than my own, I don’t have to say anything I don’t actually believe.
So here’s what I believe:
- Technology cannot, in and of itself, correct injustices and inequalities. It is a useful and often necessary tool, but technological and scientific advancement only creates the minimal conditions needed for change. It does not drive change.
- Policy and legislation are signals given by a position of authority (the government) to the rest of society about what SHOULD BE. Regardless of the extent of implementation and execution, signals are important. They are a point of reference for us.
- Policy and legislation create structures and frameworks that guide the actions of various actors.
- Policy and legislation do not guarantee change. There needs to be implementation, enforcement, accountability, monitoring and evaluation.
- Sometimes policy leads. Sometimes it follows.
- The money to fund progress is there. The question is allocation.
- Change is possible, and it’s happening. Ever so fucking slowly.
- Democracy is the keystone.