The Blueprint for Digital Advancement_
Centri Tech Annual Report 2021
Centri Tech mobilizes the full potential of technology to lift the human condition – an approach we call “digital advancement.” This is a moment to not just build physical infrastructure, but also to invest in the capacity of millions of Americans who have the creativity and desire to help build a world where everyone can thrive. This mindset informed how we structured our new venture; with Centri Tech, a for-profit, primarily focusing on the intersection of essential tech infrastructure, housing, and healthcare, and Centri Tech Foundation, a non-profit, investing in opportunities for people and organizations that support digital advancement to create innovative solutions toward achieving an inclusive digital economy.
The team behind Centri Tech has led in this space. As founders of One Economy Corporation (2000 – 2012), a global organization that worked in 17 countries with a mission to network affordable housing with broadband and to promote its adoption and use for life-sustaining and life-enhancing actions, we have seen firsthand how technology can improve lives. Our experience in the 2000s proved that internet connectivity can be brought to low-income housing residents at scale, and that intentional efforts to create a culture of use of technology can yield meaningful outcomes for people.
Our approach to social impact is cross-sectoral, engaging the private sector, government, and the social sector–to create a national effort that recognizes not only our nation’s current gaps, but the extraordinary opportunities that materialize when we build an inclusive digital economy.
We know that in order to fulfill the promise of digital advancement, we must collect data, advocate for impactful public policy, demonstrate innovative solutions, and build powerful coalitions that activate the creativity, capital, and reach of all sectors and members of society.
Advocate Policy Solutions
Centri Tech’s multi-sector approach is a recognition of the unique strengths that each can bring to bear in this effort. The public sector can both convene important stakeholders and create thoughtful public policy that incentivizes those stakeholders to work toward digital advancement. We have a long and successful history of advocating on behalf of low-income people and underserved communities and making their voices heard on the need for digital equity. We know that solutions can’t scale without the support of the government, and we have always sought to educate and inform policy advances that further our goals for social impact. Today, we continue to identify opportunities for the public sector to maximize its influence to ensure allAmericans can realize the promise of this digital age. See how
Demonstrate What is Possible
In 2021, our first full year in operation, both Centri Tech and Centri Tech Foundation have been laying the groundwork for digital advancement by engaging our networks, building new partnerships, and gathering new data. And we are also designing programs and projects that will serve to both demonstrate innovative solutions and provide new learning opportunities. Among them, Centri Tech is showing how the low-income housing industry can be activated to achieve universal access for residents, while the Foundation is developing innovative models to leverage investments in technology access and adoption in communities to build an inclusive digital economy. See how
Engage People and Ideas
Financial capital from the private and public sectors can create scale when tackling infrastructure shortfalls. Philanthropic resources can be brought to bear in designing and testing program ideas. And people can bring the ideas, innovation and creativity that are key to maximizing financial capital’s impact. We believe that when we embrace culture, we can unleash possibilities. And when the culture of a community is integrated in the design of meaningful experiences that promote adoption, we can help people connect to their aspirations. We seek out the partnerships of diverse individuals and entities to achieve the best possible outcomes for people. See how