This year’s April/May issue of Innovate includes an interview by James Morrison with Joel Barker and Scott Erickson, who:
propose an ecological model that classifies technology according to different clusters or regions, each of which entails its own perspective of technology and how such technology should be utilized. Their five regions model thus shifts the focus away from defining technology in terms of its origins and towards defining it in terms of values, purposes, and results.
This is an interesting read, but I am not particularly impressed with the five regions model. In particular, it needs an “ideo tech,” or space for masternarratives, as well as a space to accommodate culture and new culture formation. Without these spaces, the model lacks the recognition of purposive, transformative, goal-oriented (and goal-generative) change.