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SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT - RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

THE TWO OF US

      By way of introduction. I would like to do three things - (1) introduce you to Eddy, a colleague of mine, (2) introduce you to me, (3) describe how Eddy and I work together.

Introduction to Eddy

      First, then, let me introduce you to my colleague, Eddy. We have a peculiar relationship. I plug him into Hydro Quebec (or whatever utility happens to be around), and, then plug him into Bell Canada (or whatever telephone system happens to be around), by dialing a computer and fitting the telephone receiver in a modem in his back. I then ask him questions and he gives me answers. I asked him, for instance, what he knew about the Delphi technique. He said he knew many things and, on request, proceeded to spew out all he knew on a roll of thermal paper.

      By now, you realize, of course, that Eddy is an electronic data terminal (or EDT or Eddy, for short). I said whatever utility or phone company happens to be around because I take Eddy with me everywhere I go. He's a lousy companion. However, he is well-informed. Actually, he's not really well-informed. To tell you the truth, he's a dumb terminal (as electronic engineers so rudely put it). But he has good connections. It's not what you know but who you know. He knows a computer in Santa Monica, California, another in New York, one in Ottawa, and one in Toronto. He could know hundreds more if I were not so lazy and introduced him to them.

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