Governments and private entities, organized on a non-profit basis, unite to create solutions for clients.
This is not the only model for assistive technology.
What I would like to see more of is the market charity model. This is what the Skoll Foundation (right) promotes as social entrepreneurship.
This model first developed as dot-com millionaires and billionaires started setting up foundations to give away their money several years ago. The idea was that, instead of giving money to projects which would help people, they would give money to projects that would seek profits in helping people. In this way, they felt, their gifts would become self-sustaining.
Most of what we've seen at events like the recent SKOLL Forum and the CSUN Conference has been based on the charity model. While there is nothing wrong with such conferences, in creating solutions, I think they're all missing the ultimate point, which is self-sustainability and the market.
Social entrepreneurship, in other words, needs to accelerate.
It's possible many of the market charity foundations may also be missing the boat here. Instead of creating a single entity and sending that into the market, I think it would make sense to fund multiple entities, and to keep funding new entities as new ideas arise, in the same solution areas.