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Innovation in technology is driven by people & community
(5 minute, 5 slide presentation for Vibewire’s FastBREAK event around Innovation & Connectivity and to answer the question: are you alone?)
Innovation is not about technology. It’s about people. It’s about their stories. Challenge yourself to think about it that way.
People’s stories are unique; which can make us feel alone and misunderstood.
My story was always: Hi, my name is Jye Smith, I was adopted from Colombia and I have no idea who my parents were or why I was adopted.
I’ve spent my life trying to connect people – bring them together around what they’re passionate about. Music, concerts, social media, community management, crossfit, scuba diving, soccer, photography – whatever I’ve done I’ve always tried to bring people together. I only really realised that it was all related to me being a part from my family this year.
People are doing better than me – the One Laptop Per Child project is a great example of how technology enables us to bring people together. But it’s the people behind it, and the people it is for, the community, that really drives innovation.
I love technology because it has the power to bring people together. And it brought me closer to knowing my entire family. I used forums to connect with other adopted kids, I used Google to hunt down more information, but biggest step? The Colombian Yellow Pages going online.
So I’m launching a site this year called Adopted From Colombia – to reach out, support and give the individuals a community that they can find. So other adopted individuals, know they are not alone. (If you’re interested to know more, leave your contact details in the comments).
My story is now: Hi my name is Jye Smith, adopted from Colombia, and I know who my family is. I’ve lived in the house I could have grown up in.
Without this, I might have never been able to take the photo below. A photo of me feeding the youngest addition to my Colombian family. Valentina. She’s a beautiful baby girl. And this shot was taken this year, my second return to Colombia, to spend time with my birth family.
My story has changed. Innovative technology allowed me to do this.