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Reinventing Discovery by Michael Nielsen

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CHAPTER 3

Restructuring Expert Attention

In 2003, a young woman named Nita Umashankar, from Tucson, Arizona, went to live for a year in India, where she worked with a not-for-profit organization to help sex workers escape the sex trade. What she found in India frustrated her. Many of the sex workers had so few skills that it was almost impossible to help them find jobs outside prostitution. Returning to the United States, Umashankar decided she would start a not-for-profit organization that addressed the core problem, by training at-risk Indian girls in technology, and then helping them find jobs with technology companies.

Eight years later, the nonprofit she founded, ASSET India, has opened technology training centers in five Indian cities. ...

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