Shea, Dylani


Organization: teleSUR English
Location: Pichincha, Ecuador
Year: 2015

MRP/Thesis abstract:

Good Knowledge for Good Living? Interrogating the Cultural and Knowledge Revolutions in Ecuador

'Good Knowledge for Good Living' lies at the heart of a recent project by the Ecuadorian government to transition its economy away from reliance on non-renewable resources and become a society based on innovation, science and technology. As outlined in the 2008 Constitution and two National Development Plans (2009-2013 and 2013-2017), the state is seeking to provide universal access to quality education and the Internet to promote this transition. These initiates have been labeled the Cultural Revolution and the Knowledge Revolution. The former embodies the approach of universalizing access to quality education, and the latter refers to moulding a knowledge society based on human talent. The idea is that democratizing access to knowledge and information will lead to greater creative capacities that will increase levels of innovation.

This study examines the complexities these revolutions. It addresses the following questions: 1) what concrete steps has the Ecuadorian government taken to pursue the Cultural Revolution and the Knowledge Revolution? 2) Are there gaps in the implementation approaches? 3) Given the polarized political climate in Ecuador, what does the future hold for these initiatives? Conclusions drawn from this study seek to contribute to international debates on the usefulness of information and communication technologies for development.