Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Peer to peer development

In case one hasn't read the story of Kiva yet, there is a good interview on the World Resources Institue website about this innovative peer-to-peer microloan program.

Going forward, we believe that facilitating connections is going to be our "bread and butter", so we are trying to create software, a platform which will continuously create those synergies without us getting much involved. We don't want to create the connection or manage the connections, we want to facilitate them and then get out of the way.

The Kiva model pushes the imagination and makes me wonder if it would be possible to do more to maintain and strengthen connections beyond just giving a loan. My favorite "connection" recently has been the Nata Village Blog, which I follow regularly.