Over the months I hope to build a showcase of websites illustrating imaginative and creative projects. I will feature organisations and people doing interesting things, so please contact me and draw my attention to your work or the work of those you admire and together lets learn and get excited by some of the wonderful work that is happening !
For nearly five years up until September 2014 I had the pleasure of working at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), near Brighton UK. In my final few months I got to work with three great colleagues – John Brownlee, Nason Bimbe and Rachel Playforth, and with the help and input of a wide range of people in UK and Africa we did a study looking at the future of knowledge sharing in a digital age focussing on the Africa and developing countries. We used foresight methodologies and were guided by Alun Rhydderch of the School of International Futures. The approach let us imagine different futures and try to figure out what needed to be done to reach 2030 in an inclusive and equitable world where we could enjoy life. The results are a policy brief and evidence report available here:
One of the great pleasures I have is tutoring a postgraduate distance learning module on ‘Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development’ for the Centre for Development and Environmental Policy (CeDEP) at SOAS. This year there are nearly ninety new students from all around the world (at least 25 different countries represented), and so much opportunity to share and learn together. I am currently preparing a major update of the course, which is also giving a fantastic opportunity to read, meet people and learn more about some great digital development projects. I hope to share more about this through my blog in the coming months!