Some photos from Far Western Nepal

Posted on Aug 3, 2013
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
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
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
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
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 […]

A presentation on Yatayat

Posted on May 29, 2013
A presentation on Yatayat

I gave a brown bag to my research lab today about the Yatayat project, which I thought I’d document here, at least in presentation form.

Bill Gates on saving lives, and why I do what I do

Posted on May 24, 2013

Peter sent me a link to this interview with Bill Gates, and I thought I’d post it here because much of it resonates with the work I do. One, because the below isn’t just relevant for public health, but for much public service delivery (this one is the astute interviewer, Ezra Klein): EK: This gets […]

Links, week of April 15th

Posted on Apr 18, 2013
Links, week of April 15th

The Harvard International Review has published “Cellular Citizenship,” an essay by Matt Berg, myself, and colleagues regarding cell phones’ role in building asset mapping, citizen feedback, and other analytic systems for improving service delivery. Click the photo to jump to the online version, or download the pdf here.   Chris Fabian and Erica Kochi, who […]

Map-a-thon Nepal: 3000 buildings mapped in an afternoon!

Posted on Mar 28, 2013
Map-a-thon Nepal: 3000 buildings mapped in an afternoon!

Last weekend’s Map-a-thon was a great success! It was a absolute full house at Lehman College’s GISC Lab, with all the 20 computers in the Lab occupied over the course of the day. We had visitors from the OSM community (most of whom were curious about OSM, but hadn’t gotten hands dirty yet), from the […]

This Saturday, Join us for a Map-A-Thon for Nepal.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013
This Saturday, Join us for a Map-A-Thon for Nepal.

International Open Data Day’s mapping Kathmandu snuck up on many of us in New York, so we are organizing a Map-a-thon for Nepal this weekend at Lehman College in the Bronx, whose GISc Lab has graciously agreed to host us! So if you’re in New York, come on down. Lovers of Nepal, Open Data, Maps, Disaster […]