Ultimately, technology can only magnify human intent and capability. When a video sparks the curiosity of a farmer in a rural community, it can help her take new steps toward improving her life and the lives of those around her.
AUTHOR’S PERSONAL STORY
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be an astronaut. Their combination of brains and brawn was inspiring to me. I studied computer science and aerospace engineering, and the next step on the path was joining the Air Force. Before I could do that, however, I had to get eye surgery, and while I was recovering, I decided to help some friends who were starting a biodiesel company in India. The company did not last, but the time I spent immersed in rural communities in India changed my life. I met people who had nothing but themselves and their land, but, like astronauts, they were heroes in their own right. I read biographies of people who had been to space, and I learned that many of them come back to Earth with a new perspective on life. They tended to ask the big questions: Why is there war? Why is there poverty? My time in rural India led me to similar questions, and that is where Digital Green came from. I am not an astronaut, but I still love flying; I took my first helicopter ride just a few months ago.
Rikin Gandhi is Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Green