A visit to the Revolutionary Optimists

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 in Uncategorized
A visit to the Revolutionary Optimists

When I was in India recently, I took the opportunity to visit Kolkata and the organization Prayasam. Prayasam is an amazing organization that works to empower youth from slum communities in Kolkata. The 19 year old organization, whose title roughly translates to “effort”, was recently featured in the Revolutionary Optimists movie. I got to know […]

BYFY Projects supported by the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 in Data, Kosovo
BYFY Projects supported by the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo

As I was making my portfolio, I had asked former colleagues at the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo for a list of the BYFY[1] projects that were supported by the Lab, along with start and end dates, so I could articulate a bit better the projects the Lab has supported over time. I finally got around […]

Recently: November and December Edition

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
Recently: November and December Edition

Doing: I have been applying to grad schools recently, and thinking a lot about exactly what I want out of life. BUT, that has also meant some doing. I made myself a Portfolio, for example, and changed this blog around some. I also had the opportunity to do some long-pending pull request approvals on the […]

Recently: October edition

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 in Data
Recently: October edition

Doing: Lots of people are interested in mapping the history of OSM edits in a particular place. You may have seen the “Year of Edits” videos, like this one. The folks at Kathmandu Living Labs are interested in visualizing their incredible work on OSM. So I began an experiment in R, and the video below […]

Recently: August

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 in Nepal
Recently: August

Doing: Recently [1], I haven’t been working on show-caseable projects, but I did finish my mission in UNICEF Nepal, which among its highlights included a trip to Baitadi in which I managed to take a few pictures. The other highlight of the Nepal trip was the conversations I had with so many amazing people doing […]

Some photos from Far Western Nepal

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 in Nepal
Some photos from Far Western Nepal

I was supposed to travel to Jumla this last week, but the plane didn’t fly, so I ended up traveling to Baitadi instead. Some photos from the trip:

Mapping Poverty in Nepal

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 in Data, Nepal
Mapping Poverty in Nepal

Chandan Sapkota, who my friend Bigyan calls the “Ezra Klein of Nepal”, produces amazing analysis about Nepal, taking data sources from the obscure reports of government institutions and writing them up in accessible blog posts. When he posted about “Poverty by District in Nepal”, I thought that I’d map the poverty data, since it is hard […]

I’m in Nepal!

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 in Nepal
I’m in Nepal!

Things have been so busy, that I have not been able to even post this simple message here, but I’m in Nepal! I’ll be here for a few more weeks, working with the UNICEF Innovations Unit and the UNICEF Nepal country office to scope out what the potential for an innovations program here might look […]

On Design Thinking & David Kelley

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
On Design Thinking & David Kelley

I went looking for this FastCompany article (feb ’09) on David Kelley and design thinking today, because I remember it still, and needed some inspiration. Here is the quote that stayed with me the most: It took Kelley a while to appreciate the power of stepping back before forging ahead. In the mid-1980s, he says, […]

Reading I liked: innovation, user experiences, selling to the poor.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
Reading I liked: innovation, user experiences, selling to the poor.

Impact Evaluation: Stop measuring outputs, start understanding experiences “Is open government working? I asked the question in a previous post… The answers are not forthcoming.” And even when they are, they are measured in clicks, which just don’t make sense for something like Open Government. The indomitable Panthea Lee of Reboot, on why understanding experiences […]