Dodging dystopia: Crowdsourced foresight in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

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 »

Understanding realities: Foresight for development in Armenia

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In the past few months Kolba Lab here in Armenia has jumped on the “gold rush to the future“. This is the first in a series of blogs that aims to share our rationales, experiences, and results. Today’s challenges – increased complexity and interconnectedness of development issues, alongside endemic deficiencies within static bureaucracies – are pushing… Read more »

No ceiling: Three approaches to women’s leadership in Armenia

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In Armenia, like in much of the world, we have a problem with glass ceilings. Initially, our question was: What prevents capable and respected women to consider entering local government?  Field work indicated a number of interrelated structural factors: narrow gender identities, a fear of failure and reputation loss, lack of skills, prohibitive costs, perceptions of… Read more »

Hunting black swans in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Guest posts Social innovation

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.