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Neil Denison is MEDA’s Integrated Digital Solutions & Global Privacy Officer. 

Neil’s expertise has been developed over 20 years in both the NGO, public and private sectors. Prior to joining MEDA, Neil has worked for the Government of Canada, for Microsoft and more recently was part owner of a local IT support company for ten years. Since 1998, he has set up networks for various NGOs in West Africa, Central America and Asia and is familiar with some of the unique challenges these environments offer.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph, and a diploma in Information Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Dec
09

Succeeding in the age of disruption

 Technology in international development in an age of disruption - Nicaragua

 

I liked this quote in a book I’m reading called Designing Delivery by Jeff Sussna:

"In order to succeed in the age of disruption, companies must change their basic approach. They need to shift their emphasis from perpetuating stability to disrupting themselves. Instead of excelling at doing the same things better, faster, and cheaper, they need to challenge themselves to continually do different things, and continually do them differently. They need to learn to value learning over success, and to value the ability to change direction over the ability to maintain course. In other words, they need to shift their core competency from efficiency to adaptability"

Disruption is the word for our times. Everything is disruption. Everyone is disrupted. Assumptions about the world and the future made easily at the beginning of 2020 are upended. New markets are emerging, and old ones are dying. New realities show us new problems to solve, and in that chaos lies opportunity.

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Nov
20

Knowing How To Help - Data, Aid and Impact

binary data

White foam washes gently up the beach on an idyllic Mediterranean island. In the darkness, a young woman struggles ashore. Clearly exhausted, she is missing many of her heavier clothes, sacrificed to the struggle to stay alive in the dark sea. But she is on shore now, and safe. For now. One treasure she has clung to – a small plastic bag with a few things tightly wrapped in it. It is the first thing she reaches for when she reaches the beach. Relief floods her body when she discovers that not only does she have the bag, but it is dry inside. The old Huawei smart phone shows a low battery warning and won’t start.

 

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