All Aboard the Big Data Express!

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

The world is changing fast—and so must our approaches to persistent development issues. An ever-increasing number of people and devices and objects now generate data – social networks, mass media, transportation, mobile phones, credit cards, etc. What matters now is not how much data we have, but rather what can we do with all of… 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 »

‘My opinion matters’: How a mobile tool in Armenia is engaging citizens

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social inclusion

About 3,000 residents from five towns and villages of Armenia are now enrolled in the Micro-referendum Tool initiative. Micro-Referendum Tool allows local governments to run SMS-polls to better reach their constituents and engage them in community affairs. The tool provides citizens an opportunity to safely express their opinions via SMS. This is especially important for… Read more »

#ICT4DRR: Making Skopje, Yerevan and Ungheni more resilient to disasters

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Disaster response Environment

It was not the Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil that brought us to Yerevan in Armenia in July 2014, but a regional workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). Between the sessions—and between the matches—we had some serious discussions with our colleagues from Armenia about disaster and climate risk… Read more »

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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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

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 »