Humanizing Technology: Feminine Native Traditions and Startup Ideologies
In feminine Native traditions, stories are catalysts for collaboration and community action. The idea to create Prontopia as a community that puts people first, and empowers people to utilize technology rather than the other way around, was inspired by Shannon’s mom’s example of Native leadership. In Carolyn Kenny’s book Living Indigenous Leadership, many voices come together to speak of how the Medicine Wheel shows us the interconnectedness of all things, and the principle of seven generations ensures we honor our ancestors by reflecting on how our actions today will affect the next seven generations.
Prontopia is putting the people back in the equation because human services are tragically hard to come by in the digital age. We cannot dismiss the complexities and interdependencies of people, and the earth, as too difficult for technology solutions.