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Entries by Dennis Whittle from 09/2010

If You Can Flip a Coin, Can You Be an Expert?

| Posted 09.03.2010 | Impact

With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, we recently ran an experiment at GlobalGiving that had shocking results.  We asked people in four c...

Who Did This?

| Posted 09.03.2010 | Impact

We shall find too that such current notions as that society 'acts' or that it 'treats', 'rewards', or 'remunerates' persons, or that it 'values' ...

Mapping the World Bank's Footprint

| Posted 09.03.2010 | Impact

The World Bank, in collaboration with AidData and the Development Gateway, have just announced the release of a service that allows you to use...

When Top-Down is Needed: World Bank Reform

| Posted 09.03.2010 | Impact

Reforming the World Bank, by David Phillips, is the most constructive book on the topic I have read.  Phillips, a long-time World Bank s...

Don't Make the Same Mistake I Did

| Posted 09.03.2010 | Impact

"We dump hardware down and hope magic will happen," said Michael Trucano, senior information and education specialist at the World Bank, whose of...

Learning from Mistakes - Medical Edition

| Posted 09.03.2010 | Impact

"When you break that paradigm of litigation and give patients the chance to understand the human element of the other side -- of the doctor and wha...

Why Peer Review Works in Science, and Why We Need It for Aid

| Posted 09.03.2010 | Impact

Guest post by Marc Maxson. "Calls for aid reform assert that better evidence will lead to better policy." What if this isn't true? What if policy...

"Don't Be Seduced by Visualization . . ."

| Posted 09.14.2010 | Impact

"Don't be seduced by visualization. It can be cool for data wonks. But you need to focus on real users who are trying to solve a problem." That was...

Listening and Learning

| Posted 09.14.2010 | Impact

The ability to listen is one of the most important factors determining whether aid workers can have a positive -- and lasting -- impact on a community.

Innovation Challenges - Surprising Sources, Surprising Approaches

| Posted 09.16.2010 | Impact

Teams from Virginia, North Carolina and Winterthur, Switzerland, with roots in the world of auto racing have won the first Progressive Insurance Autom...

"They even told me so, but I ignored it at first."

| Posted 09.20.2010 | Impact

I have learned that the community had the answer. They even told me so, though I ignored it at first. But they left it up to me to figure out the 'how...

Does the Truth Set Us Free?

| Posted 09.21.2010 | Impact

Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.That is fro...

Urban Agriculture Challenge: Communities Helping Themselves (With Delicious Results!)

| Posted 09.22.2010 | Impact

Rather than relying on fast food chains or large supermarkets, urban residents with access to a local farm should eat fresh fruits and vegetables grown right in their communities.

Developing Communities - Not Countries

| Posted 09.23.2010 | Impact

Guest post by Felipe Cabezas. "There is no such thing as the Western world and the developing world." - Hans Rosling The speakers at Monday's TEDxCh...