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I posted about the Human Centered Design (HCD) Toolkit back in December. Since then it has been downloaded over 6200 times. It is now available in its second edition. You can find out more about it on IDEO’s website (and download it for free) here and, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of priniting it, order hard copies from Blurb here.

Ripple Effect

May 1, 2009 — Leave a comment

A team at IDEO is running an experiment in collaborative design. They are working with the Acumen Fund on a project to bring access to clean water to people living in Africa and India. They are blogging about the experience and you can see the posts here.

The Blue Sweater

March 12, 2009 — 1 Comment

I have been a bit slow to mention the publication of a wonderful new book by Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the Acumen Fund. The Blue Sweater is the story of the work that Jacqueline has been doing for the last twenty years in Africa, India and Pakistan.

There are many messages that the book has to offer – the power of optimism, the precariousness of many development initiatives, the extreme challenge of truly understanding the needs of the poor. For me the most powerful lesson was one of leadership, in particular the leadership of women trying to change their own lives and the lives of those around them.

This is an inspirational book that shows it is possible to create real change in the world.