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My favorite secret for social innovation: "Create “transparent” technologies, ones that are easily understood by the users, and promote local innovation."
A transparent technology (tool or solution) feels natural, makes sense because it works simply, and becomes an extension of the people it's designed to serve.
More importantly, people will make a transparent technology their own. They will shape it, make it better, and extend it beyond your imagination.
Design now with empathy, so that others may expand the boundaries in the future.
I just read Kamau Abayomi's post on the importance of providing skills, not just technologies, to help people be self sufficient.
If one is creating "transparent" technologies, I'd add that the solutions should be easy to modify. This allows people to adapt the solutions to their personal and local needs, and make the solutions better than you imagined. People should take ownership of the tools.