3 Lessons Learned From My Philippine Failure

What happens when you bet your career on an illusion, and lose. In December 2016, my family and I packed away our Washington, DC lives, sold everything, said goodbye to everyone, and embarked on a grand adventure: moving to the Philippines for a dream ICT4D job. Less than 4 months later, we were back in the […]

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Planting a Future in Philippine ICT4Rice

I am honored and humbled to announce that in January 2017, I will start a new job as the ICT4D lead at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI, pronounced “eerie”) in Los Baños, Philippines. This is an awesome opportunity for me to: Innovate with cutting-edge research that impacts more than 3 billion people worldwide who […]

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The Frequent Flyer vs Quality of Life Tradeoff

This is the business travel frequent flyer lifecycle graphed, illistrating the tradeoff between miles flown versus your overall quality of life. You start off in your first business travel with the excitement of flying to a new country, but after yet another long flight followed by a long day of meetings in a confusing city, […]

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My Work Here is Done

When I started at Development Gateway in late 2012, it was, well, stuffy. Its heritage as a World Bank spinoff was clear and present as the high cubicle walls. Then we went OpenGov Hub and blew away all the physical barriers. Open plan for everyone, including the CEO. That put a zap to the bureaucratic […]

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What is your 20% project?

We are all busy. But you should never be too busy to experiment, explore, and build something new, especially something new that could be a new income stream or professional achievement. I call this the 20% project. Yes, that implies you should be spending 20% of your time on new projects, be they for work […]

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Check Out Inveneo’s New Website!

As one of my last acts at Inveneo, I helped design and launch their new website. Well, I did a bit more than that. I spent the last two years bemoaning our old website and lobbying for a new one. For a small company that sold best though in-person meetings, it was hard convincing others […]

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Goodbye Inveneo, the best job I’ve ever had

Four and a quarter years ago, I joined Inveneo with the dream to accomplish three goals with the company. I aimed to grow the local ICT partner program to a market differentiator for Inveneo, raise the company’s profile in the Washington DC market, and get Inveneo on large USAID programs. I am proud to say […]

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How to be an Exciting ICT4D Conference Presenter

I am often asked to speak at conferences, meetings, and workshops on Information and Communication Technologies for Development – ICT4D. My goal is to be a lively presenter, engaging the audience as active participants in the discussion. I am succeeding at my goal from feedback like the responses above on the Learning@Hand back channel. So […]

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USAID Report: Designing Effective Education Programs Using ICT

I’m proud to announce the publication of USAID’s First Principles: Designing Effective Education Programs Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Compendium, to which I contributed during its formation and development. Yes, I am even listed as an author on the back cover with Anthony Bloome, Ed Gaible, Analice Schwartz, and Janel Hoppes Poché. Designing Effective […]

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Surprise! There are more ICT4D Job Opportunities than Quality Applicants

Last year, I started the ICT4D Career Network to help people start and grow their career in information and communication technologies for development. At first, I thought there would be more ICT experts than employers with job openings. Now I know better. There are more ICT4D jobs than ICT experts Recently, I spoke at an […]

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