Category: NGOs

Interoperability creates innovation

15 May, 2012 (11:01) | Children, Entrepreneur, Innovations, MEEs, NGOs, Play, Programs, Rules, Theory, US News |

By:David A. Smith   A threat to the established order?   All invention comes from building blocks, whether it is nature inventing amino acids out of atmospheric molecules, bloggers inventing posts out of words, or children inventing phantasms and improbably structures out of pieces like Tinker Toys:   Go, speed racer!   Lincoln Logs:   […]

Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 2, the future becomes the present

11 February, 2011 (11:09) | Aleppo, Bilateral agencies, Cities, Formalization, GTZ, Infrastructure, Islam, NGOs, Slum upgrading, Speculation, Syria, Urban renewal |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw in yesterday’s post, to create the future out of the past, a city’s infrastructure – including its grid layout and traffic patterns – have to be remade, all the while preserving the buildings that are its cultural heritage.    Crossroads of […]

Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 1, the past is ever with us

10 February, 2011 (11:11) | Aleppo, Bilateral agencies, Cities, Formalization, GTZ, Infrastructure, Innovations, Islam, NGOs, Slum upgrading, Speculation, Syria, Urban renewal |

By: David A. Smith   Cities are urban palimpsests, each new culture laid atop the old, which lies buried in the ruble underneath – or, if the city is continuously inhabited, like Aleppo, still coexisting, the new and the old cheek by jowl.   How many centuries can you see in this picture?   That […]

It’s not what you’re doing, it’s what you’re NOT doing

10 December, 2010 (12:27) | Disaster relief, Ecosystem, Global news, Haiti, MEEs, NGOs |

By: David A. Smith   Amid the never-ending tragedy of Haiti, a lesson stands out – and it’s not the lesson the Wall Street Journal‘s writer draws:   From the WSJ:  A child at a Port-au-Prince hospital is treated for symptoms of the disease.   Aid Spawns Backlash in Haiti   Critics say the NGOs […]

Next time, do the math

6 June, 2008 (08:02) | Global news, Housing, Microfinance, NGOs |

About a month back, a friend of mine working on housing and microfinance sent me a link to a Time Magazine article with the provocative title, Microfinance: Women Being Cheated?   As microfinance moves more and more into the mainstream of the banking world, is some of its original mission getting lost in the shuffle?   […]