Cognitive Edge and UNDP are launching a unique initiative to engage with new ways of working on difficult problems in complex and fast-changing situations. The programme will last six months and a limited number of participants are being invited from across a variety of NGO and government groups.
Posts By: Milica Begovic Radojevic
Milica (a.k.a. Millie) is working on social innovation for development in UNDP Europe and Central Asia, exploring micronarratives, data for development, including for conflict prevention, and many other extraordinary topics. @ElaMi5
All around the world, we are seeing fundamental changes in the meaning of governance and ‘networked democracy‘ – particularly in the shifting role of citizens, from passive consumers of government services to active participants. This is also having a major impact on the way public services are designed and delivered.
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 »
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 »
Perhaps rightly so, development workers are sometimes wary or dismissive of toolkits that are often disconnected from their daily reality. Development Impact & You isn’t your typical toolkit. We’ve been careful not to add to the noise simply by creating new material and hoping people will use it. Instead we have pulled together a collection… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Several months ago I received an email from Arizona State University (ASU), School of Engineering student, Vid Micevic, who came across our UNDP-Nesta Renewable Energy Challenge. He wanted to spend a part of his university education working on the challenge. The deadline for submitting the ideas for the challenge was just up, but working with… Read more »
What do you do when you have a tough development problem that you haven’t been able to solve – after decades? In our case, we decided to experiment with the challenge prize to help find a solution for 3,000 returnee families in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina who had been without access to electricity since they… Read more »
A little over six months ago, with help from Nesta, we launched our very first challenge prize: the UNDP Renewable Energy Challenge. We invited citizens from all over the world to come up with an affordable and easy to maintain energy solution to help over 3,000 families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have been without… Read more »