Systems Technologists are the bridge between tech advances in the private sector and tech for good applications in the social sector to advance real systems change. Knowing what does and doesn’t work in technology applications designed to help tens of thousands of organizations and millions of people, turns out to be critical to achieving ambitious social change goals in the modern world.
In the post ‘Systems Change Needs Systems Technologists’, the case was made for a new strategic approach in order to harness the power of technology to create real systems change for the social sector. My premise: every ambitious social change visionary needs a nerd strategist; A systems technologist, or tech-for-good geek. Having served as a systems technologist for decades, let me share what this role has looked like – and how it is evolving.