Belarus: Prepping the SI-lab

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Human rights Social innovation

In last week’s blog post, I wrote about the hackathon idea, and how we’re planning it to use it in Belarus to kick off Shift week. We chose to explore three overarching themes: healthy lifestyles, environmental protection, and disability-friendly employment. We held an open call for ideas and out of the 20 applications received, nine seemed like… Read more »

Hackathon: Making the SHIFT in Belarus

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

It’s exciting to be living in a world where groundbreaking technology, open communication, and fantastic scientific discoveries, can converge to create something revolutionary. From Silicon Valley to Singapore, from complex emergencies to governance, innovative approaches are changing the way we do business; and the best innovations are the ones that come from the people themselves…. Read more »

Minding the gap: Georgia takes a page from UK’s innovation guidebook

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Guest posts Social innovation

From county councils to government departments, institutions in the UK are thinking more and more about how to develop innovative solutions to the key problems faced by their citizens. Increased fiscal pressures and heightened citizen expectations means doing more with less. The conventional stereotype of a public servant being resistant to innovation and prone to… Read more »

Development of, by, and for the people: Cairo comes to Pristina and Podgorica

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Filed under: Development Guest posts Social inclusion

Recently, I got a pretty awesome offer. I was asked about the prospect of leading UNDP in Egypt’s energy and environment team on new and innovative practices. This prospect came with a second, equally exciting opportunity: Did I want to visit the country offices in Montenegro and Kosovo to see how they’ve been doing development differently?