Being the change: Social innovation takes Serbia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion

Social innovation workshops are all about bringing together designers and software developers with citizen experts for realistic and need-driven solutions to the social problems they face. In Serbia, we decided to take this idea to the people. Last month in the towns of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Nova Varos, we unveiled Serbia’s first ever social… Read more »

Back to the future: Innovation takes flight

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Those of you who have been following the process of post-2015 consultations probably remember the blog post where we asked: What if post-2015 were already here? In other words, as we keep consulting with citizens on how they want their future to look, we’re also looking at reframing the question from another perspective. We’re asking: What… Read more »

Social innovation camp toolkit: Troublemaking with UNDP

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Three years ago, as UNDP’s innovation agenda began to take off, a few early adopters experimented with Social Innovation Camps. The events opened us up to an array of unusual suspects. Social entrepreneurs, activists and hackers created a renewed sense of agency. Together with government officials and development sector traditionalists, the teams built ventures to reduce pollution in… Read more »

Design and public sector innovation – sharing perspectives from different countries

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

Recently Jane Treadwell and I were invited by the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence to participate in a “Consultation on the Co-Design of Public Policy and Services”. It was a gathering of people from a wide range of countries and different organisational settings, talking about improving public services. It was… Read more »

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

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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 »