In my last post, The quest for the holy metric? I argued that the heart of the shared measurement issue in social development is not an evaluation problem, it’s a translation problem. What we really want to know is how can I translate the social value that I have captured into a language that you understand so that you value the work too? more >
“The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew every time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them”
There has been a lot of talk in the sector recently around developing common and shared approaches to measurement. Of course I am supportive of this if it enables a better understanding of social change and ultimately improves our work. more >
Innovations being applied, and developed to address needs in education – the tools, the needs, and the sorts of 'value' we should look for
"Nominet Trust’s Development Research programme focuses on four key elements of innovation:...the application of new ideas, generated at the intersection of insight and invention, that leads to social or economic value."
Through a series of blog posts over the next 12 months, I’m hoping to show some of the ways those elements of innovation can be talked about, and related to each other in an applied context – specifically, that of education. more >
This isn’t a question of bribery or looking for under-handed ways to support your applications for Nominet Trust funding – it’s a genuine question about exchange and the value of ‘giving’.
I was reminded recently of Malcom McLuhan’s phrase that ‘the medium is the message’ through another excellent RSA podcast – this one a lecture by TimeBanking founder Edgar Cahn. The context of Cahn’s use was that the way in which we give, offer support, or help others, can damage the confidence of the ‘beneficiary’ to grow from the experience. That within the medium of giving, according to Cahn, we are showing our value as provider and demarcating the beneficiary’s value only as a receiver. As soon as they have received, we head to another needy person. The value of that person to us, is their need. Once that need is sated, their value to us diminishes. more >
I’m changing my ‘default position’ for continuing discussions beyond email. My default will become to continue conversations online, rather than to start with the default of arranging to meet up.
Part of this is that I’m attempting to cut down the amount I travel (pick your favourite justification from saving time/money/environment, sheer laziness/lack of dedication to the cause/providing a shining example of how the internet can be used within daily routines...)
Who wants to shout about something that’s gone wrong?
We have a mission at Nominet Trust to understand how the internet can be used as a force to disrupt social challenges and create positive change (when I write this, it does vaguely sound like it should also be the motto of a lesser known slightly geeky comic book hero, whose secret power is wifi.)
A lot of our work is about looking at new models for change. However, by their definition, not every new model is going to impact on a social challenge as deeply as another, and even if a model has worked in one place there’s no guarantee that it’s going to work in another. Scaling and replication is not a simple business. more >