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12 Question to Ask Ourselves for 2017

By Wayan Vota on December 15, 2016

2017 is a few short weeks away, and it’s time to start thinking about how we might approach our work differently in the new year. On that theme, Troy Etulain and I came up with a few questions that can help us all think through changes we may want to make in our efforts:

  1. What is the story we tell ourselves about our organizations?
  2. What do we really bring to our constituencies?
  3. What is the true extent of our knowledge on the topic?
  4. What is left when we remove the technology jargon from our work?
  5. Where do our solutions rank on the technology zeitgeist scale?
  6. Are we selling solutions in deceptive ways, just to make the sale?
  7. How did we go about understanding and defining the problems are we trying to solve?
  8. Where in our project designs do we assume someone else will make the hard decisions about winners and losers?
  9. Are we trying to be responsible for the whole picture, even beyond the parts we can control?
  10. Is what we’re doing only useful in HQ?
  11. What should be left to the private sector?
  12. When should we have the courage to give up?

What other questions should we be asking ourselves in 2017? Tell us in the comments.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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One Comment to “12 Question to Ask Ourselves for 2017”

  1. Simone says:

    Here is mine: is meaningful what I am doing? (and if yes – for whom?)