Innovating local governance: What did you create?

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Filed under: Environment Governance Social innovation

If government is best run close to the people, then local self-governance is a cornerstone in the structure of our democratic political system. But in a time of limited budgets, how can we make our local government more efficient and responsive? Instead of leaving this headache to policymakers, Kolba asked those of us who are… Read more »

Big data for development: What we’re doing TODAY

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Disaster response Social innovation

In early July, while the summer in Skopje started to sizzle, big data enthusiasts popped by for one big (data) reason: to reflect on, share, and explore how we can use better use data for development. Our partners in crime, UN Global Pulse and UN Volunteers were also in the mix, contributing presentations on the current… Read more »

Gearing up for the Good

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Other Social inclusion Social innovation

This year’s Social Good Summit is shaping up to be the most globally connected yet. And it’s very, very exciting because this isn’t just any Social Good Summit: This year, with meet ups scheduled for over 100 countries (and counting) it is the biggest ever, and we’re bringing together activists, artists, leaders and everyday citizens… Read more »

How to organize a planet


Filed under: Social innovation

How do seven billion men, women, and children organize themselves? As the world becomes more globalized and interconnected, do we increasingly resemble an ant colony, acting on instructions from our ant queen? Or are we are becoming more leaderless, acting horizontally by harnessing the power of crowds?

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 »

Next stop Athens: Kyrgyz agro-innovations on the move

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Filed under: Development Social innovation

Congratulations! Kyrgyzstan’s trip to the future continues in Greece. Do you remember our first blog about the Future Agro Challenge contest in Bishkek? Kyrgyzstan’s inaugural Future Agro Challenge Kyrgyzstan 2015 competition culminated with a bang on 21 June. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan and KG Labs embarked on the very first steps in bringing together thought leaders… Read more »