The word “foresight” is defined as the ability to see ahead. It can be fun, however, to consider the literal definition as well, which is “before seeing.” What happens before seeing?
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Friday the 13th got off to a pretty auspicious start if you ask me. It was June and and for two and a half days, fifteen teams of young innovators put their heads together to come up with digital solutions to make Pristina more transparent. Throughout the process they received support from on-site mentors at… Read more »
The nature of global development challenges has changed dramatically. While the foci remain the same – such as poverty and climate change – their pace and interconnectedness have caught many off guard. Unpredictable events – so called “black swans” – are becoming increasingly common. Look no further than the frequency and unpredictability of natural disasters for examples.
I’ve been thinking recently about how tech-enabled peace initiatives can shift the balance of power and result in alternative infrastructures for peace. It seems to me that the proliferation of accessible technology makes it easier to innovate from the ground up. I don’t just mean new platforms or apps, but building social and organizational forms that enable small groups… Read more »
What is the connection between foresight and development? How can foresight be used to improve development practices? What new participatory platforms are relevant for those working in international development? These were the main questions driving this month’s research and development workshop in Istanbul where I was honoured to be both presenter and participant.
Last week, at the International Development Conference for South-South Cooperation, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with my boss: former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Forbes Magazine’s 23rd most powerful woman in the world, and (to my delight) Blood on the Tracks-era Bob Dylan fan, Helen Clark. Ms. Clark is presiding over the… Read more »
As the recent devastation wrought by flooding in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has shown, social media has a vital role to play in spreading information during natural and human-made disasters. Twitter is a great example of a platform that can quickly deliver vital information to a vast number of people. So Igor Miskovski of the… Read more »
Pushing innovation and working for gender equality are a natural fit. Both necessitate the combination of causing trouble, looking at internal mechanisms, and working with non-traditional partners. Moreover, both have transformational potential. Inspired by UNDP’s current innovation agenda and Giulio Quaggiotto’s Development 2.0 Manifesto, we formulated some principles on innovation and gender equality.
In our previous blog about the Youth Employment Solutions (YES) initiative, we talked about our competition to find new solutions to youth unemployment. After extensive discussions, the young participants came up with 14 bold ideas to implement in their local communities. Four finalists were selected by an expert jury and the online community to receive micro-grants. Because the selection cycle… Read more »
Take heed: Over 1,500 civic reports of grey market activities, more than 2,500 active users of the Be Responsible civic app, and 250,000 euro invested in projects selected by the communities themselves: All in the tiny country of Montenegro. How did we get here? It all started with a bold idea to host one of the… Read more »