Browsing Category : What We’re Reading

What we’re listening to: USAID’s 2nd Episode of the Learning Lab Podcast asks us to “Stop, Collaborate and Listen”


In their second podcast, the USAID Learning Lab team focuses on the “C” in USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Framework. Good collaboration can be difficult to visualize and is often misinterpreted as an impediment to progress and decision making. The Learning Lab does a great job here demonstrating why collaboration and good collaboration-nurturing techniques (including human-centered design), can elevate all aspects of your work! Utilizing…

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Community Score Card featured on Huffington Post!


Huffington Post and USAID’s Flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program have been collaborating on content highlighting the necessity of community health in reaching those not currently accessing key health services. This week’s blog features our own Community Score Card and their transformational work in Malawi and beyond. The article is called  Generating local solutions: How CARE’s Community Score Card is helping achieve…

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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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3 Lessons To Guide Designing Better Financial Tech for the Developing World from GRID Impact


Check out this article “3 Lessons To Guide Designing Better Financial Tech For The Developing World” on Fast Company Exist from Alexandra Fiorillo’s op-ed on GRID Impact’s financial inclusion work in Pakistan. Alex is founder and principal at GRID Impact, our partner in the Human-Centered Design lab. Here’s a sneak peek: Promote individual use, but don’t be too prescriptive Design…

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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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Unreasonable Says “Forget Pitching. Tell a Story. Here’s How!”


The Unreasonable Institute’s CEO Teju Ravilochan facilitated the Scale X Design Accelerator‘s final core lab on pitching last week. This article was one of the pre-reads for the teams before the session. The teams will work on their pitch over the next few months to prepare for the Scale X Design Challenge, a first-of-its-kind event in January in New York City! Forget Pitching. Tell…

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