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 »

HuRiLab’s Ukrainian urban planning experiment

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Governance Guest posts Social innovation

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 »

The latest from Cyprus: Digital wisdom for mediators and trainers

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

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 »

Why inclusion matters to innovation – and to Mahallae

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

As Mahallae’s launch date approaches, we take a look back at the process of building the platform. The truth is that we’ve tried, from the very inception stage, to hold an inclusive process. Today, we want to take you on a tour of the various parts of Mahallae and how we essentially crowdsourced our content…. Read more »

What if post-2015 were already here?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Pretty much every presentation on innovation we attended in the last couple of years (including our own!) at one point or another included the famous quote attributed to William Gibson that “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” This has spurred us to look into a number of methodologies that… Read more »

HuRiLab: Making human rights and justice programmes innovative – and interactive


Filed under: Governance Human rights Social innovation

With HuRiLab 2.0, anyone interested in shaping human rights and justice programmes can now have their say. Innovation is quickly becoming the buzzword in the human rights and justice world. Just a couple of years ago, the people of Iceland used crowdsourcing to have their pleas for a new constitution heard. And then there’s Innovating… Read more »