Going from an idea box to out-of-the-box in Georgia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Fresh off Nesta’s LabWorks 2015, we at the Public Service Development Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia’s innovation lab are teeming with new ideas. This London event was yet another landmark for our lab, as we strive to position ourselves as the agency changing how we do public policy design and delivery across the Government… Read more »

A school powered by the sun: Shining example from Croatia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

We all want the best for our children. A good school is often at the top of that list. Unfortunately, for many schools in Croatia today, the high cost of energy bills poses a challenge. The Ostrog Primary School, located in sunny Dalmatia, is changing that narrative.  A 25 kW solar energy plant, mounted on… Read more »

Corruption, governance, and the SDGs: Introducing Peter Eigen

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion

In some ways, the Sustainable Development Goals are a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals. Though most believe the MDGs have helped make a difference in the lives of the world’s most needy and vulnerable, a common critique has been the absence of functional links to governance concerns. These critics have emphasized that if we want the… Read more »

Cracking coconuts: Big data, gaming, maps and portals

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

A good idea is like a coconut. We know that something refreshing, even energising, lies inside. Yet a coconut without tools to open it is, for all intents and purposes, quite useless. At a recent Social Innovation Camp in Dilijan, Armenia, we spent two and a half days cracking into four ideas using an array… Read more »