It’s called the IKEA effect. You value something more when you’ve helped build it. Surely anyone who’s ever suffered through a harrowing afternoon assembling that pernickety SVÄRTA loft bed frame can recall the swell of pride and accomplishment after finally figuring it out. Might not a similar thing be the case when it comes to the various institutions of… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Social innovation
You know how most workshops go. You write on post-its or a printed booklet. You break into small groups or engage in some world-café-style discussions. You are present, attentive, and engaged… for at least the first hour or so. Then it strikes.
A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?
Two years ago, our colleagues from UNDP in Cyprus ignited civil society partnerships during the Power of One inter-regional knowledge exchange conference. The healthy mix of collaboration and competition led to cross-regional projects led by Cypriot and Euro-Mediterranean organizations that received seed funding. We wanted to continue the spirit of collaboration.
As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in the Republic of Moldova, I saw my central role as helping the country accelerate its development path to deliver concrete results for all parts of the population. The UN’s work focused on this goal at two levels: helping counterparts fast-track policy reforms, and enabling institutions to respond… Read more »
Why has UNDP-ACT decided to build up? Last year, my colleague Nilgun Arif was lucky enough to attend Build Peace in Cambridge. She spent two full days among 250 fellow peacebuilders, activists, social innovators, and academics discussing how technology can be used to build peace in the 21st century. Her experience left a profound impression; and on her… Read more »
At Kolba lab here in Armenia, we have been testing foresight. We’re trying to gauge its potential in shaping the UN’s strategy in Armenia and in supporting the design of future development programmes. This blog is the second in a series aimed at sharing our rationales, experiences, and results. In the previous blog post, we talk about why… Read more »
Colleagues of mine from MiLab recently shared our experience redesigning the material aid service in village of Ciuciuleni. Working in a local development programme aimed at improving governance in Moldova, I have the opportunity to interact directly with local authorities nearly every single day. This has helped me realize how they initially perceived social innovation: something related to… Read more »
We have come a long way since Mardamej. Social innovation camps were a lot of fun, but many of the teams that emerged from these co-design events needed more support. So we built Kolba, a social venture incubator.
Well folks it’s that time again, where I pick up the sizable gauntlet from my predecessor, social media maven Blythe Fraser, and look back upon our year that was. From our old home in Bratislava to our new digs in Istanbul, what have been our most popular stories? What intrigued you the most? What did… Read more »