Poverty Inc: The Uncomfortable Side of Charity

Wednesday evening.  Pillows, popcorn, pizza, and drinks.  As the evening set in, aspiring humanitarians representing countries all over the middle east gathered in a small-ish room in Tbilisi, Georgia to watch a film.  Poverty Inc. bills itself as a film…

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David wrote back…Now what? P2P?

David Miliband wrote back.  It was unexpected, short and sweet, but he wrote back.  Impressive. He invited me to engage with IRC’s economic recovery expert about possibilities to work together.  Nice.  So the ball is back in my court. I’ve…

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An Information Management Portal

This week saw us launch the Speed Evidence Portal publicly. It was an exciting time for us as it was the culmination of a year of building and testing in countries like Philippines, Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, and the UK. The…

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Why do we exist?

Two and half months ago, I moved houses in London and have spent most of those most shocked by the customer service or lack of it, when it comes to basic services like a phone line or plumbing repairs.  I’ve…

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The future of Cash continues to evolve…

Yesterday, both Google and Square announced the ability to send cash using email.  The future of cash is continuing to change as we are seeing mobile money taking off and now cash transfer through email.  At the moment the email…

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Creative Disaster Preparedness

A colleague sent me this video. Simple. Catchy. And as one person said, “Brilliant – this is likely to have more impact than any guidelines!!” I’d have to agree – brilliant and it is likely to have more impact than…

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Loo paper for good

I love creativity. I wish I had more of it and more courage to express the bits I have. Inspiration can be one of those allusive things that we all search for and yet it can be found anywhere we…

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Mobile Phones for Blind people

A mobile phone for blind people is definitely an eye-catching headline, but not a regularly thought-of target market, especially for smart-phones. I’ve blogged earlier about Siri and the iphone talking about potential benefits for the blind with this development. However,…

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