Seliger Geek Heresy – Book Review
Jake Seliger, Seliger + Associates (November 2015)
“Everyone working in any facet of education and educational nonprofits needs to read Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology; put down whatever other books you’re reading.”
Aidnography Geek Heresy (book review)
Tobias Denskus, Aidnography (October 27, 2015)
“Read the book not (just) because of its criticism of current ICT4D debates, but because of the challenging, yet rewarding, intellectual future it opens up.”
ITID Talking Truth to Technology
Anirudh Krishna, Information Technologies & Int’l Development (Fall 2015)
“Talking truth to technology and persuading
tech-zealots that people matter—and why that matters—is in itself a salutary achievement.”
SSIR Tech Is Not the (Only) Answer
Andrew Means, Stanford Social Innovation Review (Fall 2015)
“My hope is that technological utopians—perhaps inspired by this book—will spend more time learning about the real constraints and opportunities that exist in the social sector.”
Oxfam Geek Heresy, by Kentaro Toyama: book review
Gawain Kripke, Oxfam (July 10, 2015)
“Toyama’s got enough snark to appeal to the skeptical hearts among us, but he’s also clearly a very optimistic, even altruistic, person who chose to make his cause social change and human development.”
PND [Review] ‘Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology’
Kyoko Uchida, Philanthropy News Digest (June 26, 2015)
Geek Heresy presents a nuanced argument for a human-centric approach to development work that leverages, rather than relies on, technology to create change.”
New York Times Taking a Tire Iron to Techie Triumphalism
by Anand Giridharadas (June 8, 2015)
Indeed, technology has become a kinder, gentler variant of so-called trickle-down economics, in which one gives poor schoolchildren iPads and a pat on the back…
Global South Development Magazine Book Review: Geek Heresy
Trina Gorman, Global South Deve (May 5, 2015)
“Everyone from field staff and managers to researchers and funders will benefit from his unique perspective; geeks and non-geeks, alike.”
Kirkus Geek Heresy
Kirkus Review (March 16, 2015)
“Toyama makes some… perceptive points along the way, observing that if the same technology, for instance, can be used for both entertainment and education, people will choose entertainment every time.”