Posted on Sep 10, 2012 1 Comment
In addition to switching jobs, I am now starting my Masters of Business Administration at George Washington University. Why? Because I don’t have enough going on in my life, what with a new job, a wife, two kids, a dog, house, and all my ICT4D friends.
So to just make it that much more intense, I am in the accelerated MBA program at GW, where we cover a semester’s worth of classes in half the time. Called the “AMBA”, it will still take me two years of Tuesday nights and Saturdays to graduate, but I can work full time at Development Gateway and bring home the bacon that my young family needs.
At this point, there are two dubious records I hold in the class.
Overall, I am excited about the AMBA courses and the freedom to challenge myself. It seems that most course grades are based on essays and case studies versus quantitative tests, and most people maintain the B average required to graduate, so I feel that I’ll do well.
Of course, this is the first week, so check back in a year and I may have a different opinion. In the mean time, check out my team’s first two work products:
Well, what do you think – worth an A?
Posted on Aug 22, 2012 9 Comments
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 that I’ve achieved each of my goals.
In addition, Inveneo now has a deep pool of staff that can support its Washington, DC business. Sybille Fleischmann has ICT in education deployment experience from Microsoft and in Haiti that eclipses my own. Lisa Lin brings deep experience with USAID contracts beyond any level of detail I would ever want to have. Kristin Peterson and the sales team know their way around the different contracting vehicles and how to read the proposal and partnering tealeaves.
So it’s with the satisfaction of knowing I’ve propelled Inveneo into the highest levels of international development that I now take my leave from the organization. I am moving on from Inveneo on September 7th with a full heart of goodwill and happiness for the organization and my departure from it.
I feel truly blessed to have worked at Inveneo for the last four years. I loved, LOVED, every minute of it, often to the point of tears when I saw our impact on the communities we serve. It was truly the best job I’ve ever had.
I will cherish the working relationship I’ve had with the Inveneo team. I will especially miss Kristin and Mark, who were more than my bosses – they became great friends to me and I appreciated their continued support and endless patience.
The Next Challenge
Yet its time for me to take on a new marketing challenge with another organization. Starting September 10th, I will be joining Development Gateway in Washington DC. They develop results monitoring and big data ICT solutions for bilateral and multilateral donors and national governments and are instrumental in supporting the growing momentum around the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
Not to worry, I will still be in the ICT4D space and I will not forget Inveneo. I will continue to be a tireless advocate for both. I will start by suggesting that you subscribe to ICTworks, one of the many initiatives I started at Inveneo that I know will live on well past my exit.
Posted on Jul 25, 2012 1 Comment
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 what is my secret to getting kudos like that in talking about technology and development? Here are a few guidelines to being an engaged, exciting presenter.
In general, I think I am a pretty good presenter now, or as I like to think of it, a lead discussant, by following these simple rules. Then I happen to see a presentation that really rocks and yet again humble me. Here is one of my favorites, which I re-watch often to learn from: Mark Congiusta on Power Point Failures
Posted on Jun 13, 2012 1 Comment
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 Education Programs Using ICT provides important overview guidance for designing and implementing education programs that use technology. The principles and indicators are primarily meant to guide program designs, including the development of requests for and subsequent review of proposals, the implementation of program activities, and the development of performance management plans, evaluations, and research studies.
The First Principles series are intended to help USAID education officers specifically, as well as other stakeholders–including staff in donor agencies, government officials, and staff working for international and national non-governmental organizations–take advantage of good practices and lessons learned to improve projects that involve the use of education technology.
The guidance in this document is meant to be used and adapted for a variety of settings to help USAID officers and others grapple with the multiple dimensions of ICT in education and overcome the numerous challenges in applying ICT in the developing-country contexts. The last section provides references for those who would like to learn more about issues and methods for supporting the education of the underserved.
Designing Effective Education Programs Using ICT is based on extensive experience in, and investigation of, current approaches to technology in education and draws on research literature, interviews with USAID field personnel, and project documentation. It also includes profiles of projects funded by USAID and others.