A leadership compact signed by champions from 14 different international development organizations. A burgeoning online community sharing resources and ideas for adaptive development across agencies and sectors. A growing library of resources to link the digital development and development effectiveness communities.
Are we on the cusp of a global age of authoritarianism? You could be forgiven for thinking so.
In October, Dennis spoke at Impact Convergence in Atlanta on the topic of social entrepreneurship and the frontiers of impact measurement. In preparing his talking points, we had to ask ourselves, what are the frontiers of impact measurement?
In the hours after Donald Trump’s election, the Facebook posts of my Democrat friends were all the same. They were devastated by his victory. They vowed to fight against his policies. And they were convinced that the country, in electing Donald Trump, had chosen hatred, racism and misogyny.
Feasible. It’s a pragmatic word, practical and unassuming. Aspiring to feasibility is to reach for concrete ground ahead rather than for the stars. Aiming for feasibility is not an audacious goal. But 140 feedback champions who work in aid, governance and philanthropy rallied around feasibility at the 2016 Feedback Summit held last Thursday and Friday in Washington, DC.
In our last op-ed, we argued that voting can put powerful bounds on politicians behavior. But under what circumstances does that happen? It seems to me it’s when there’s a multitude of conversations – not just between voters and politicians, but between and within experts, institutions and media as well.
‘Elections do not produce responsive government,’ argues the cover of Democracy for Realists by Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels. The authors argue that the notion that elections compel elected politicians to follow the will of the people – or at least respect the policy preferences of the majority of voters – is a legend.
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” The iconic pronouncement attributed to Henry Ford is often quoted to support the idea that customers don’t really know what they want.
A few weeks ago, the Olympic swimming heats were playing on the TV in the lunchroom of the OpenGov Hub. I walked past to get something from my desk and on my way back realized, to my mild consternation, that in the seconds it had taken me to walk to and from my desk, a distance of no more than 10 feet, the lead swimmer had swum more than 50.
Maria del Camino Hurtado September 2, 2016 This post was originally published on USAID Learning Lab and is reposted here with permission of the author. Summer is over. You wrapped up some projects, others are about to pick up, deliverables continue to find their way into your inbox and deadlines relentlessly come at you as…