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Planting a Future in Philippine ICT4Rice

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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 depend on rice as their staple food.
  • Lead technology teams who are deploying practical solutions for the 144 million rice-producing farms worldwide.
  • Experience again the opportunities and challenges of working and living in a developing country, that itself is a major rice producer and consumer.

Yet this decision impacts more than myself. My whole family is moving to Los Baños with me, and I am very lucky that my wife, Amy, is just as excited as I am for this opportunity. This decision also impacts you - my friends, peers, and colleagues.

First, I'm deeply grateful to my FHI 360 family - from my boss, John Zoltner, to his boss, Nadra Franklin, to her boss, Patrick Fine, the CEO. All three have been ardent supporters of even my most extravagant ideas (yes, even JadedAid!), and I cannot speak highly enough of them and all of my peers at FHI 360. I truly love my tenure there, which continues through December, and would highly recommend you working there too.

Next, before you worry, many of my DC-based initiatives will continue on.

  • ICT4Drinks - is already in the capable hands of TechChange, though expect a Manila chapter to be opening shortly.
  • Technology Salon DC - will be run by Rob Baker, who will take it in new directions, while I will still run the overall Technology Salon umbrella organization.
  • ICTworks - will continue with only minor changes, as I will still be the editor, though expect a continued focus on ICTforAg themes.
  • Fail Festival - will still happen this year, so mark your calendars now for December 1 to enjoy the best variety show in Washington, DC.

Beyond that, I need your help. Amy and I will be wrapping up over 15 years of DC living - packing, selling, or giving away everything that doesn't fit in a suitcase, and transporting the whole family to a new country. We'll need your advice, guidance, and support with everything from renting out our house to finding quality beer and wine in Manila.

Got any tips or tricks? We're all ears!

My Work Here is Done

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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 feel.

Next we broke down the mental barriers. We opened up marketing - anyone could write about their own project and we encouraged staff to explore current topics that excited them. And we liberated sales - finding new opportunities and writing proposals is now a company-wide effort, which, surprisingly, the project managers and software developers love.

The DG team is tight. From brain-bending competitive lunches where Bananagrams peel next to toppling Jenga towers, to the many happy hours remembered (and those best forgotten), Development Gateway has a esprit de corps any organization should envy. And envy you shall, their new swanky new digs when OGH 2.0 opens in April.

And that's why I know its time to go. I came in with the mandate to shake things up and now DG is shaken, stirred, reassembled, and better and more beautiful than before. It is time for me to work my magic in the big leagues.

I'm joining the TechLab at FHI 360. John Zoltner and his team have seduced me with sweet whisperings of working directly with development constituents, of hacking hardware and screaming at software, of getting back to my roots in field-based ICT4D.

I can't wait to get started and I look forward to seeing you in my new journey that starts later this month

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