Technology hubs and innovation spaces for development: Why are libraries special?

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

Tomorrow I’m speaking at the Technology Salon, about  technology hubs and innovation spaces for development. Here are my initial notes. First, here’s what I mean when I use the term “innovation space”: Innovation spaces are physical environments that promote community, learning, and making. They come in different flavors: Hubs, labs, libraries, hackerspaces, makerspaces, telecentres, coworking […]

Want to make a difference? Stop formatting for print and start structuring content for all media!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Blog | 2 Comments

Here are my notes from FailFaireDC, held November 16, 2012, at the World Bank. I’ve been really busy lately, so I wasn’t able to prepare a snazzy-hip-funny presentation. I needed time to start distilling down the argument. I think of this as my first draft. Liam informs my that my presentation was the most technical. […]

Fail Faire DC

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

No learning or innovation without failure. Of course it’s not so simple, as in “That $5 million you gave us, well half of it we spent on things that didn’t quite work out. But here’s what we learned, and here’s what we’ll do next time you give us money…” Now imagine the donor going back […]

Assessing the impact of innovation spaces: iHub Kenya

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

In May 2012 Nairobi’s *iHub released a report detailing the impact of the Hub on Kenyan entrepreneurs. You can read the launch post and  download the report from the iHub website. Here’s the abstract. This research aimed to understand the impact of the ICT Hubs to entrepreneurs. An ICT hub is a space where technologists […]

How is the Open Government Partnership is leveraging libraries?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

Libraries are democracy machines. How is the OGP leveraging them? Examples I can find so far… IREX & Beyond Access IREX is listed as an OGP Supplier; they refer (less directly than I’d like) to the Beyond Access: Libraries Powering Development initiative: IREX is currently working on a global initiative to partner with governments on […]

Open Government Partnership: Commitments & Criteria

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

I keep needing to refer to these, so documenting them here (#opennotes): Commitments All Open Government Partnership commitments should reflect four core open government principles: Transparency — Information on government activities and decisions is open, comprehensive, timely, freely available to the public and meets basic open data standards (e.g. raw data, machine readability). Citizen Participation […]

Innovation spaces, youth, social inclusion, public libraries: The podcast

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

I have all these great conversations with Silvia Caicedo. We debate, help each other, work out ideas. She’s amazing. Finally I decided to record one of our talks and make it into the first Facilitating Change Podcast (yipeee!!!!!!!). There’s a too-long intro about innovation spaces. Sorry. Trying to set the context. The good stuff (i.e., […]

Re-defining “telecentre”

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Blog | 4 Comments

I’m writing a brief for Beyond Access: Libraries Powering Development — on innovation spaces. In it, I start by defining a range of innovation spaces: telecentre, hackerspace, coworking, fablab. (I’m working open: see and comment on messy work process.) The definition of a telecentre wasn’t working for me. It missed some crucial aspects: Access to support: people (formal […]