The State of Innovation
I recently sat in on a closed door session featuring representatives from the larger US based Non-Government Organizations (USNGOs) on the topic of innovation. Now innovation is usually not the first word that comes to mind in a room full of NGOs. This is a body of organizations that tend to lean to the more conservative. A group where the 'tried and true' method tends to win out at the end of the day.
Well I am here to report that particular stereotype may be due for a revision. What I encountered were a room full of dedicated forward thinkers, committed to the ideal of innovation and development as a means of transforming not only their own organizations but the wider industry as a whole.
To be certain, this is not the innovation of Silicon Valley or SpaceX. Nevertheless, these CIOs (Chief Innovation Officers - already a very progressive step) were open to exploring how technology could be harnessed to achieve their own charitable mandates and the broader United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
It is with renewed optimism that we move forward and support these humanitarian pioneers with the tools necessary to design industry leading best practices.