Scaling: An ideal solution is one that’s always changing?

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On our journey to explore how principles from evolution and other sciences can help us redefine a concept of ‘scaling up’ in development, we came across this simple yet extremely effective visualization of how species evolve (HT @hereissimone). What do you reckon: Could you see the “story” of development projects been told this way for the benefit… Read more »

The evolving finch fund: Two early insights on scaling…and lots of work still ahead!

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It was great to get so many comments and reactions – both online and off – to our recent post on re-framing “scaling up” in development. We also happily adopted the affectionate (or so we hope!) nickname of “finch fund” for our initiative, as coined by Duncan Green (with thanks!). Our aim is to ultimately come up with… Read more »

Innovation for development: Scaling up or evolving?

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For the last two years we’ve been experimenting with a variety of methods and approaches to development that were, up until recently, entirely new to us – from gamification to open policymaking, from behavioural science to user-driven innovation, from design thinking to micronarratives and real time monitoring. In total, we ran around 60 interventions following a… Read more »

What if post-2015 were already here?

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Pretty much every presentation on innovation we attended in the last couple of years (including our own!) at one point or another included the famous quote attributed to William Gibson that “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” This has spurred us to look into a number of methodologies that… Read more »

Şehir Cocuğu: Citizens cope with city life by taking charge

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social inclusion Social innovation

I recently met Ali Ercan Özgür, the mind behind the citizen reporting site Şehir Çocuğu at the Social Good Summit in Istanbul and asked him about his experience as a social innovator. He was kind enough to share his story for Voices of Eurasia. Question: For our international readers, what does Şehir Çocuğu mean? And how did you came… Read more »

Real time feedback loops in action!

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Poverty Social innovation

It’s one of those serendipitous coincidences. Earlier this week, Marc Bausch from Usecon showed us how they include real-time user evaluation in the design of new products. Customers use, say, a newly designed ATM machine and they are asked to rate their experience on the spot (Amazon-style) through an interactive display. Engineers evaluate the feedback and revise… Read more »

Our approach to innovation defined (… with some help from the outside!)

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One of the reasons I love the blogosphere is that sometimes it feels like an intellectual prosthesis. How many times have I struggled to find the best way to articulate a thought, and lo and behold, someone out there does the work for me, augmenting my own capacity to “work outloud.” The excerpt below from… Read more »

Is austerity the best shot for development 2.0?

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Ever since I started thinking about Development 2.0, I imagined that a radical shift in the development sector would most likely come about in one of two ways: (The most likely) agile development “start ups,” private sector companies, self-organized citizen groups, new development players adopting new practices and technologies for greater impact Traditional development players… Read more »

Meet Anna, the citizen expert that decided to help the health sector in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Health Social inclusion Social innovation

Anna Sakhkyan is perhaps not the most obvious person you would expect to find at a social innovation camp. After all, as the Head of the blood donor Registry at the Haematology center (named after R.H Yeolyan) in Yerevan, she is a busy health professional with, until recently, very little contact with the techie community…. Read more »