Category Archives: Innovation

The Value of Facebook

Is Facebook worth more than $30 a share?  We will find out tomorrow and more importantly, in the days to come.  But it’s been worth a lot to me, so the question of what the value of Facebook is in … Continue reading

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What’s different this time in Mideast changes?

Author Malcolm Gladwell told Fareed Zaharia on the terrific new CNN program Global Public Square (GPS) that social media role in Mideast uprisings was “overhyped.”  He pointed to successful revolutions that took place pre-Facebook, in particular the fall of the Berlin … Continue reading

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At TEDx, Melinda Gates Points to Marketing as Key Gap in Development Impact

Will the development community ever take marketing seriously?  Melinda Gates surprised me in September when she used her worldwide podium at a terrific TEDx on the MDGs and Maternal Health to talk about the power of marketing, what we can … Continue reading

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Comments on new World Bank Social Media Guidelines

Dear World Bank Social Media Working Group:  Congratulations on all the work that has been done this year on Social Media. It’s great that you have opened a consultation on the new guidelines that will be open through Janury 15.  Here … Continue reading

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Wherein the author explains the blog’s title

One night a year ago, I was in a World Bank conference room at midnight, part of a team working hard on the 2009 Development Marketplace.  100 finalists had arrived from all over the world with their ideas on climate … Continue reading

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Public Sector scores high marks for Digital IQ

The L2 Digital IQ Index for 100 public sector organizations (including not just US government agencies but also international organizations, advocacy groups and more) was released today.  I had a chance to see a preview of the findings last Thursday.  … Continue reading

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Open Data in French, Spanish, and Arabic Levels Research Playing Field, Empowers NGOs

Originally published on the Development Marketplace Blog: 04/21/2010 The World Bank’s data will now be available in French, Spanish and Arabic! This is huge.  It is going to empower local researchers, academics, grad students and civil society in a whole new … Continue reading

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Join webinar on WBI’s ‘The Power of Innovation’

Originally published on the Development Marketplace Blog: 07/21/2010 On Thursday, July 22, the World Bank Institute is launching a special e-issue of Development Outreach magazine whose theme is “The Power of Innovation,” and we’re inviting you to help us tell how … Continue reading

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New York Times review of the FailFaire on ICT in Development…

Originally posted on the Development Marketplace Blog: 08/18/2010 So here’s another view of the gathering last week, from New York Times and International Herald Tribune reporter Stephanie Strom…  Interesting how she appreciated the humor and relaxed nature of the FailFaire … Continue reading

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Invention vs Innovation — New Cheaper Microscopes

Originally posted on the Development Marketplace Blog: 08/25/2010 A college student designs a battery-powered small microscope for only $240?!  Loved this news from the Rice 360: Institute for Global Health Technologies.  Reminds us that innovtaion cannot thrive without actual invention of … Continue reading

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