Engineers Without Borders (https://www.ewb.ca) is an international organization dedicated to creating systemic and sustainable change. It is committed to addressing the root causes of poverty by investing in Canadian and Sub-Saharan ventures and propelling social innovation forward.
EWB has always been eager to learn from its shortcomings. Following the launch of its Admitting Failure Venture in 2008, it has continued to publicize its organizational failures in its Annual Failure Report (reports.ewb.ca). Its attempt to model an attitude of constructive learning is unparalleled in the international development space.
But this publication process is only one part of the learning cycle. Our experimental learning approach must be intentional. We must design clear frameworks, define measurable hypotheses, and use meaningful metrics to ensure that our failures are translated into actions. In order for our learnings to have depth, direction, and substance, we need to treat failing forward as a way of line instead of a deadline.
This session will adopt a critical lens in discussing the following:
-An exploration of the failure learning cycle and why it’s broken in development
-EWB’s past 8 year history with producing its national failure report
-Engaging donors and other stakeholders in the conversation
-Building authenticity in admitting failure
-How do we publish stories that matter?
-How do we measure the impact of the report? Is the report meeting a need? Who are our target audiences?
-How do we translate learnings into actions? And, if we are repeating failures, how do we restructure this process?
Date: 2016-02-27 10:00:00 - 2016-02-27 10:00:00, Europe/Brussels Time.