This was a wake-up call for me. I’ve heard about the dark underbelly of global supply chains in the past, but have paid little attention. There have been some great works on global consumerism for quite a long time, such as “The Story of Stuff”, but of course it is a story with many more tentacles. This little cliché of a video brought it home for me again, and now I’m wondering what to do. When I buy electronics, even out of ignorance, at the end of a very long commercial supply chain, I am contributing to unspeakable atrocities. Ironically, I’m composing this post on one of the products that fuels the problem.
But what do we do? Of course we can lobby for ethical products and components in those products. We can boycott companies that use conflict minerals in their products. But this seems like a very difficult, tall order. At any rate, it was good to be awakened to this issue, and I pass it along in case you were as oblivious as I was. What can we do about it as educators, as educational technologists, as consumers, as human beings?
Thanks to @gcouros on Twitter for sharing this video today.