Blog Posts from August 2014

08.05.2014
By: Ted Leventhal, NCIIA As the video opens, we see a mouse emerge from a hole, trot across the floor and come upon a traditional spring-loaded mousetrap with an outsized piece of cheese for bait. The mouse nibbles away contentedly, oblivious to any danger. Karen Carpenter sings: “Such a feelin's comin' over me/ There is wonder in most everything I see/ Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes/And I won't be surprised if it's a dream….”
08.04.2014
By Ted Leventhal After a midmorning break, as participants returned to their seats with second and third cups of coffee, instructor James Barlow again greeted them with a mysterious challenge.All were told to stand and take one blank envelope from grinning NCIIA staff, then open it and quickly read the brief piece of text inside:“Maximum performance is the result of laser like focus, adopting a fizzy of certainty and operating from perceptions that guide us towards the achievement of our desired outcomes.”
08.03.2014
by: Ted Levethal, NCIIAIt was barely 9 am on Sunday morning.  As the caffeine was still taking effect, facilitator James Barlow told everyone to get a pen and piece of paper, find a partner and start to sketch a portrait.As puzzled participants sketched away, Barlow got to the point:  Like art class in school where students focused on the most familiar features while distorting the portrait as a whole, innovators make similar mistakes with their business plan. 
Clune, Karen (GH/AA/GHI)
08.01.2014
Our third and final day of the 2014 DevelopmentXChange was an exciting one! Investors, global health experts, donors, media, and international organizations toured almost 100 innovations in a bustling, high-energy Marketplace.
Clune, Karen (GH/AA/GHI)
08.01.2014
By the second day of the DevelopmentXChange, things were in full swing! Our expert panels and presentations shared knowledge on a variety of topics, from scaling and student engagement to branding and beyond.