Last month’s “Healthcare Heroes” was our fifth innovation camp in five years. For the uninitiated, social innovation camps are intended as a space for using tech to solve social challenges. These two-day events help to crowdsource ideas, especially from those citizens (youth, or minorities) who are often lacking access to contribute to issues directly affecting… Read more »
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What’s the role of government in an era of distributed networks of citizens and a collaborative economy? No less a question was addressed earlier this month at an R&D event, hosted by UNDP’s regional innovation teams from Amman and Istanbul. First though, what do those concepts actually mean?
Only last year, it seemed like a dream. The challenge? Making Ostrog Primary School, located in the sunny coastal town of Kastel Luksic, the first energy independent school in Croatia. But our dream became a reality – thanks to the successful crowdfunding campaign we supported with our local partners.
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 »
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.”
This is a story of how we won hearts and minds in Georgia with our World Environment Day campaign. But first, let me start with a bit of background.
We all know we cannot predict the future. However, can we get better at making strategic choices towards the vision we have for our future? Without a clear or common vision for what this future would look like this can be quite difficult. Add a volatile, complex environment where reliable data is scarce and information… 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.
Modern Ukraine is an industrial country with a predominantly urban population. With the rapid urban development of the past decades, government institutions in Ukraine are using internet technologies more and more actively to inform citizens about official decisions related to urban planning. They use online platforms to announce updates such as when they adopt new… Read more »
In the fall of 2012, we launched a knowledge innovation fund and received many entries. Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting ideas was a submission made by the duo Katie Economidou and Dervish Baha. Together they had been trained in the early ’90s in conflict resolution and mediation along with many of their peers, who… Read more »