How much social change is planned, and how much accidental? This book, The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator, is a challenge to conventional wisdom.
This may be the start of a bolder conversation, where we put into action projects and programs that put the needs of those we seek to help before ourselves.
Ken BanksMarch 21, 2017
2016 felt like a particularly bad year between wars, insurgencies, terrorist attacks, political crises, financial crashes, and natural disasters contributing to that impact. Asking yourself what kind of a dent you’re making, given everything that’s working against you, seems a totally natural and reasonable question to ask.
Ken BanksJanuary 10, 2017
We should only allow ourselves the luxury of looking to the future once we have fixed the solvable problems of the present with technologies we possess.
Ken BanksAugust 18, 2016
Here is a 6-point plan to prevent technology for development from becoming a sector full of replication, failed pilots, secrecy and near-zero collaboration.
Ken BanksJune 15, 2016
Entrepreneurship is messy. We need to do a better job of making sure more people get the whole story—the good and the bad. This book is an insider's look.
Ken BanksFebruary 22, 2016
What if we channeled more development funds to the middle and bottom, and let local market forces and entrepreneurialism take over? It's time to find out.
Ken BanksJanuary 29, 2016
Most of us won't change the world in a huge way. But, we can all do something. Here are four actionable steps to take to start leaving a positive dent.
Ken BanksNovember 20, 2015
What does the development professional of today think it takes to be a professional development worker tomorrow? Devex recently conducted a survey of development professionals to see what tools, skills and approaches they think the next generation of development professionals will need to thrive ten years from now. Last week they published a report of these findings, and it’s enlightening.
Ken BanksAugust 3, 2015
Global development has made it its life work to identify and solve other people's problems, but it should focus on itself and fix its own system.
Ken BanksJune 12, 2015