As of Tuesday, Daymaker (the artist formally known as CommuniGift) went live! A few years back, we made it our mission to create a meaningful, relatable giving experience for kids across the country on their birthday.
Here at Feedback Labs, we know that feedback is infectious. Over the past year, from blog posts to the annual Feedback Summit, we’ve seen our peer organizations actively engaging in innovative ways to close the loop in their own work. This kind of collective action is vital to the health and prosperity of our sector. Because it is so important, we must continue to press further: How will the ethos of feedback become a sector-wide norm? How do we ensure that people feel capable of implementing the ideas that we believe in so fiercely?
Fundación Carvajal has been serving the most vulnerable families in the Cali and Buenaventura regions of Colombia since 1961. The family foundation, which functions as an operating foundation, takes a unique approach to intervention, focusing on trust building and opportunity identification before designing a program. They recognize that overcoming generational poverty requires a comprehensive and sustained strategy – which includes the voices of those they’re trying to serve.
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On February 28th, Feedback Labs debuted our first DataStorm! DataStorms, a new stream of our popular LabStorms, are collaborative brainstorming sessions designed to inspire open dialogue around collecting, analyzing, storing, and exchanging feedback data. Facilitators relate lessons and challenges that feedback data may bring in return for thoughtful ideas, suggestions, and informal peer-review from our community.
After serving as a Peace Corps teacher in Malawi, I started Village X Org to answer three nagging questions about people living in poverty: What do they want? Why do they want it? What impacts flow from empowering them directly? It seemed counterintuitive that the poorest people on the planet lacked ownership over their development aspirations. It still does.
Analysis, the third step of the feedback loop, is typically seen as a rather tech-heavy endeavor, especially if you have collected a lot of feedback data.
GlobalGiving, the first and largest global crowdfunding site, has been shifting the power in the philanthropic community since its inception 15 years ago. Annually, GlobalGiving delivers 40 million dollars to over 3,000 nonprofits across 165 countries, and now they’re going further. They brought to a recent LabStorm a pilot program that seeks to bring the organizations and people they serve more directly into the grantmaking process.
Mapbox Cities works with communities around the globe to encourage data-driven analysis, improve efficiency, and instill resilience. But smart cities don’t exist without engaged citizens. Establishing a constant stream of feedback from citizens, often with the help of digital tools, is key to making cities more efficient and resilient. Even in a technology driven project, feedback loops bring the human factor into the equation.
Ground Truth Solutions wants affected people’s voices to measure the success of humanitarian programmes. We systematically collect perceptual data that can be translated into actionable recommendations and contribute to programme adjustments. Through collaboration, guidance, and capacity development, Ground Truth acts as a disruptor within the humanitarian sector to center the voices of those we ultimately serve.