It’s been almost a year since we asked citizens in three pilot Ukrainian municipalities what they wanted to know about their city budgets. These results have now turned into tangible tools.
Posts Tagged: big data
How does volunteering make a difference? These days, we are trying to do development differently: to partner with less usual suspects for outside insights, and tap into local energy and initiatives. The ethos of volunteerism is exactly the same – it is not a supplement to the work we do; it is a natural component… Read more »
In June, I was part of the team behind Foresight for Development –Shaping the New Future, a research and development event held in Istanbul. Our key aim here was exposing our colleagues to a new trend we like to call “the gentle art of foresight.”
The next Build Peace conference will take place on 25-26 April 2015 in Nicosia, Cyprus and already counts on the support of the UNDP in Cyprus office. Where Build Peace 2014 aimed to demonstrate the potential of using technology for peacebuilding in terms of ‘breadth’ of initiatives and ideas, Build Peace 2015 will begin to… Read more »
So now that you’ve read my best-of-foresight reading list, aren’t you curious to see how all of this is actually being applied to the development context? Well then, look no further! As we get ever closer to #UNDP4Future on 16-17 June in Istanbul, I’ve made a list projects putting foresight at the forefront:
In preparing for the upcoming research and development event, Foresight for Development – Shaping the New Future, one of my tasks was to compile an essential reading list for the participants. This is easier said than done. There are gigabytes and terabytes of publications, books, and blogs out there. How was I to synthesize all of… Read more »
It’s been six months since we helped launch the first Social Innovation Hub in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with a mission to make the most of technology in tackling social challenges and advancing human development. The Hub already has a reputation for being ‘the place where all the magic happens’. And rightly so: In a… Read more »
There’s no shortage of guidelines these days on how to ‘prepare for the future.’ There is Nesta and their “modest defence of futurology” and there are our Global Pulse colleagues, who look at how big data can help us better prepare for - and protect citizens from – sudden shocks. But that’s not all.
It’s that time of year again, to reflect about what worked on the web and why, what we can learn, and how we can improve. I wrote a similar post last year about the 10 most popular blog posts of 2012, and I’m pleased to see that gender equality and the rights for women is… Read more »
How to plan [development work] when you don’t know what is going to happen? – asked Duncan Green in a recent, must-read blog post. I cannot refrain from copying the money quote: In denying complexity [one] is obliged either to seek islands of linearity in a complex system (vaccines, bed nets), which may not always… Read more »