Bio of Don Osborn
My professional background and most of my training has been in international (rural) development, with a focus on environment, agriculture, and community development. During my years working in this broad area in West Africa I took an active interest in the first languages and local lingua francas of the people I worked with. From that and work on a Fulfulde lexicon in grad school, it was a short jump to incorporating interest in ICT for development in the mix.
The foundation for all this is an interdisciplinary – indeed multidisciplinary – approach to learning and applying knowledge that goes back to undergraduate studies and before. I’m interested in how things work together in systems, and how different perspectives (cultural, disciplinary, personal) can complement each other in theory and in practice.