Author Archives : Whitney Pyles Adams

Our local partners in Ecuador adapted to our post it note obsession pretty quickly.

What we’re listening to: USAID’s first podcast on hacking international development through CLA (Collaborating, Learning & Adapting)


Listening, prototyping, testing, learning and iterating.  The cycle is fundamentally reshaping how we do development. Not everyone uses words like “prototyping”, “lean startup”, or “human-centered design”, however.  Similar ideas crop up in adaptive management frameworks across sectors.  USAID defines adaptive management as “intentionally and systematically using relevant knowledge to inform decision-making and ultimately take action. Within the development context, that action could…

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Where Social Business and Community Health Programs Intersect


The success of community health programs, particularly those based on volunteers, are often threatened by high rates of volunteer drop out and inconsistent performance. For organizations like CARE, who champion dignified work and raise-awareness around unpaid work being a barrier to women’s empowerment, asking some of the poorest communities to simply volunteer their time is difficult to do. Financial incentives…

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Meet our Partners: Erin Mazursky of Rhize


We’re partnering with Rhize for our elective lab on movement building. Rhize coaches movements, trains organizations and connects everone to a global ecosystem of movement support. There are proven strategies and approaches for nonviolent civil resistance that fall under three core principles: (1) a strategic movement-building lens that allows leaders to think beyond any one victory, (2) an ethic of community-building…

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Dr. Hemant Shah Profiled as a Global Leader in Maternal and Newborn Health


Dr. Hemant Shah, a member of the Team Based Goals and Incentives Scale X Design Accelerator team, was recently profiled as a global leader in maternal and newborn health on the Maternal Health Task Force blog. He has extensive experience with reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the Bihar state in India. He has served as a maternal…

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What We’re Reading: How to Develop a Human-Centered Design Mindset


It’s official, human-centered design is a hot topic in the development space! There seem to be more people writing about it than are actually doing it, though. Check out the latest article from Devex on “How to develop a human-centered design mindset”  Jocelyn Wyatt, Executive Director of Ideo, sat down with Devex to discuss the most common shoulder shrug reaction that…

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What We’re Reading: Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People


At 356 pages of fairly dense writing, you’d hardly call it a page turner. But if you’re a global development practitioner, you might have hard time putting it down. Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People looks at the hard truths of how few development solutions go to scale and provides the most in-depth analysis…

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