When UNDP in Armenia launched Kolba over a year ago, it was the only social venture incubator and design lab within the organization. Twelve months and a lot of (emotional) scars later, we thought it was time to share some of our big hits and blunders.
Posts Tagged: social innovation camp
The nature of global development challenges has changed dramatically. While the foci remain the same – such as poverty and climate change – their pace and interconnectedness have caught many off guard. Unpredictable events – so called “black swans” – are becoming increasingly common. Look no further than the frequency and unpredictability of natural disasters for examples.
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 »
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 »
Story of the E-nnovation Lab Unbelievable, but it’s already been a month since the fabulous three day Municipal E-nnovation Lab “SmartCities” (#CityLabOdessa) in HUB Odessa, Ukraine. Yet the impressions are still as fresh as ever! Have a look at our write up of the event, and see how much fun we had. Not only did… Read more »
It was just a couple of months ago that Kolba Labs hit the road and visited all of Armenia’s ten regions. The objective was to get youth to design, test and lead what could become much bigger initiatives. One simple rule of thumb: All ideas should aim to resolve a social issue but also generate… Read more »
Every time I can escape from my office, I am the happiest person in the world. And working directly with individuals, bolstering peoples’ skills and supporting communities to become more cohesive and strong: that is what volunteerism is all about! I’m a great believer in working at the local level, so when I heard about… Read more »
Anna Sakhkyan is perhaps not the most obvious person you would expect to find at a social innovation camp. After all, as the Head of the blood donor Registry at the Haematology center (named after R.H Yeolyan) in Yerevan, she is a busy health professional with, until recently, very little contact with the techie community…. Read more »
This weekend in Yerevan, UNDP will host HuriLab, an international Social Innovation Camp devoted to human rights and access to justice. Hurilab is a user-driven innovation event which brings together ideas, people and digital tools to build web-based solutions to social problems – all in just 48 hours. The event will create nine ventures, conceived, designed and… Read more »
Originally posted on the HuRiLab website It started with a simple but profoundly daunting question from a young student named Maimuna who I met at the Tashkent Social Enterprise for Employment of Persons with Disabilities during a recent visit to Uzbekistan. She asked me about the United Nations and its functions. I tried to explain… Read more »