Mapping Informal Transit Networks: “Imagine Not Knowing Where Any Bus in Your City Goes.”

When traveling in the developing world, two things fascinate me: the informal transit networks that form the backbone of travel and commerce in many areas and the prevalence of cell phones. Last year, on an extended trip through Southeast Asia, my husband and I relied on word-of-mouth connections, sometimes facilitated by a quick call, toContinue reading “Mapping Informal Transit Networks: “Imagine Not Knowing Where Any Bus in Your City Goes.””

Why We Should Think About Innovation as a Process: An Interview With Christian Seelos, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University

The social sector is overflowing with big, creative ideas these days, and thank goodness! Poverty, growing inequality, high youth unemployment, lack of access to clean water and healthy food— to solve these and other seemingly intractable problems throughout the world, we need to rethink traditional models and service systems. However, as anyone who has tried toContinue reading “Why We Should Think About Innovation as a Process: An Interview With Christian Seelos, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University”

Post-Shutdown Reflection: Creating Better Feedback Loops between Government and Citizens

The U.S. government is up and operating again after a 16-day shutdown. Watching your country— or really, a few extreme members of Congress— flirt with economic catastrophe from abroad is not a pleasant experience. I’d prefer not to repeat it. What many people don’t realize is that the shutdown put a temporary halt to lotsContinue reading “Post-Shutdown Reflection: Creating Better Feedback Loops between Government and Citizens”