Hi there. My name is Ian Lawrence and if you made it this far (hey, this isn't exactly easy to find), it's either because you want something I have or know how to do, need to talk to me about something, or are curious about who I am.
I suppose my life is a bit unconventional.
After a BA degree from the University of Portsmouth, where I defended my dissertation on recycling strategies I set up a business in the UK. I soon had everything I thought I needed to make me happy – houses, cars, nice clothes and plenty of money. It did not take too long before I was trying to work out why I was not. That process finished with me waiting for the Eurostar at London Waterloo with a healthy bank account, a laptop, a backpack and a bunch of Visas in my passport. I caught the first train into Europe and continued going east teaching myself new stuff along the way. After some years I arrived in Brazil on an Earthwatch project to assess the impact of technology on an indigenous community in the Amazon, fell in love with the country and with a local Brazilian girl, married her and we now have a beautiful son who makes us both very proud.
I work as a consultant but also lead technical projects - mostly related to using technology for social benefit in developing countries. I am also a member of the EFF and like travelling and maintaining my blog.
I am currently a founding partner at a start up focusing on projects which benefit society and the bottom line through the use of technology in the areas of Education, Health and the Environment. We have planned and participated in field implementations of computing and communications technology for census, agriculture, economic development and child welfare projects in Kenya, Indonesia, Liberia, and The Philippines. Clients include the FAO, Foundation Human Nature, WWF, World Vision, Crisis Management Initiative and Plan International.
I have just completed an MBA in The Strategic Management of Technology Innovation at UNICAMP