Design, Anthropology and International Development (DAiD)

      Kia ora, DAiD is a collaboration between the RiOS Institute and the University of Auckland. It will create a space where design, anthropology and development can meet, inform each other and join forces to cautiously improve the world. At their best, anthropologists dwell in complexity and have developed tools to understand the role of history, politics and culture in making people and places who and what they are. At their best, designers are wondering whether they are even asking the right questions…

Teaching International Development Praxis II: Designing the Foundations

This is the second in a series of posts about a class on Development Praxis I am teaching at the University of Auckland and that is generating insights for our DAiD project. The first post provided a brief introduction to the course. This week Paul came into the class to guide a workshop that helped the student teams use design thinking to generate initial ideas for their tender projects. We started off with some warm-up brainstorms on how to solve world hunger in 5 minutes,…

Teaching International Development Praxis I: An Introduction

I have been teaching a course on Development Praxis here at the University of Auckland over the last four years. The course brings together small teams of students who prepare a tender application in response to real-life Request for Proposals issued by development funders such as the World Bank, UN, Gates Foundations, ADB, AUSAID etc. Over the years, students have written tenders on topics ranging from governance reform in Afghanistan to a research consortium studying HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh to new media approaches to promoting maternal…

High praise from one of our role models Benetech.org

“Paul Braund and RiOS Institute bring a clear  standing of  how technology, business models, and social institutions must co-evolve if we are to create a more just and equitable world in which the benefits of technology and markets can work for the benefit of the poor..” Jim Frucherman  CEO and Founder of Benetech.org

Facebook Drones vs Google Balloons?

“Facebook Drones to Battle Google Balloons in the War of Airborne Internet”                       Wired Magazine This is the world from Silicon Valley. But, are American based companies looking for increased market share the way forward for a more inclusive internet? With Google Balloons flying over the south island not that many month’s ago, it is clear that project Loon, though pushing the envelope, with many technical and regulatory issues, it is still a great idea. When you get to a place such as the South Island…

D-AiD grown with CARE…

D-AiD_ Design, Anthropology,International Development  Design and Anthropology care  about people.  Their stories, their unique contribution to community, family and the land they live on. They are two sides of the innovation  participatory coin, at best, grown from the deep roots of stories past and helps support a future that looks back to where the road bends to help shape where the future may lead. Design Anthropology is not about changing the world, an oft made imagining of those in power. But, carefully, over time, to…

Google and ICT for Development flying high in New Zealand

Google begins world-first balloon-borne broadband trial in Canterbury Saturday June 15, 2013 |  repost for NBR One of Google’s broadband balloons above Canterbury Related links Auckland gets 3D love in Apple Maps Google has kicked off its “Project Loon trial” in Canterbury this afternoon. The scheme involved using balloons, flying at twice the altitude of commercial aircraft, which beam wireless broadband at 3G-level bandwidth (the sort of internet speed most people get from their cellphone). Around 30 balloons have been launched as part of the…

Anthropology+DESIGN=Exciting New Collaboration

                  A new collaborative of Anthropologists and the bright folks working in Humanitarian DESIGN has been agreed at a meeting at Auckland University. Spear headed by Dr. Anke Schwittay, with support from the University of Auckland, RiOS Institute in California to bring fresh thinking to the world of International DEVELOPMENT. The aim is to link anthropology and design to understand our world and cautiously change it for the better. We will create resources, networks and action research.…

Mobile Money

RiOS Institute has received a grant from the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at UC Irvine, which is funded the Gates Foundation, to study the intersection between transnational financial networks, Information and Communication Technologies(especially mobile) and the financial inclusion of the poor. We will conduct fieldwork in Latin America, studying cultural meanings of money, microfinance and mobile technologies and their impact on the economic development of the poor.