In June this year I attended an event organised by Engineers Without Borders called Massive Small Change – a “one-day celebration of new ideas, perspectives and approaches in the engineering and international development sector”. Most of the delegates were young engineers with a desire to apply their skills to improve the world.
I gave a talk on the significance of open source approaches to speeding up the rate at which we can tackle big, global problems. After the session, I got chatting with John Bristow, a coach and mentor to organisational leaders who himself has a keen interest in innovations that address pressing social issues. John has a website and blog called Societal Innovation & Learning that examines interesting and informative examples of people exploring and modelling co-creation for the public good.
In September, John came to our London office to film a three-way conversation with Mark Charmer and I, mostly about Akvo and some of the thinking that shapes our organisation. You can read about and watch films of our discussions on John’s website in two articles; Innovation in international development – Akvo’s contribution and Patterns in innovation and change – use of the Internet.
Jo Pratt is Communications manager at Akvo, based in the UK.