Designing a scalable digital platform to bring progressive financial services to those who need it the most; serving thousands of people at a time. A collaboration with Causelabs and The Neighbourhood Trust.
A new low-cost, human powered teff row planter to increase yield for small holder farmers in Ethiopia. Working with the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), and local farmers and inventors.
Six months after the devastating Typhoon Yolanda, IDEO.org partnered with Mercy Corps, BanKO, and CauseLabs to explore how to help communities in the Philippines rebuild their financial lives through the use of mobile banking tools.
Delivering Essentials by Social Enterprise
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
IDEO.org worked with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to develop an integrated multi-service approach that addresses the need for improved health in displaced communities of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The result is Asili, a locally owned startup that delivers water, healthcare, and agriculture support.
Our friends at NBBJ San Francisco invited Dave Zhou, Rafael Smith, and myself for one of their Bi-Lateral series. Matthew, our super dynamic host in the orange suite, followed up with me for a quick chat about Human Centered Design.
Here is the interview by Matthew Ridenour, originally published on NBBJ.
In the week between my work trips to Zambia and Bangladesh I had one week to research and get ready for my next project. I picked Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal. I can’t think of a better place to recharge and get inspired for the month ahead. I spent my working days surrounded by temples, chai, chicken chilli (stir-fried chicken), mo mos (dumplings), raksi (millet wine), and tidbits of Nepalese and Farsi.
One week before heading to the field is a good time for a few warm up activities to become field-ready. My routine includes subscribing to RSS feeds for local news, learning to count to ten and speak a few common phrases, learning about local sports teams and other conversation starters, and of course getting excited about new cuisine.
This is to mark the end of a two week trip to Ethiopia working with Agricultural Transformation Agency. It has been quiet a trip with visits to different spots to check out soil conditions and talk to farmers.