Digital Niche Construction

May 30th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Filed under About the Book, Innovation, Mobile Apps, Niche Construction

Interestingly, and perhaps ironically, people with disabilities have cultivated a sort of “digital niche construction” in order to ensure their continued survival. Similar to how a beaver builds a dam or how a bird builds a nest, digital outcasts must alter their technological environment to remain relevant in the modern ecosystem. This interregnum is where a surprising amount of digital innovation is currently taking place.

Digital Outcasts are significant contributors to the innovation landscape; witness the examples of self-sufficiency that exist solely for people with cognitive disabilities, such as ProLoQuo2Go and the Grace app for iPhone. These are smart folks taking it upon themselves to improve their lot — niche construction in its purest form, executed by point of necessity.

In the words of William Gibson, “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.”

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