Rise of the Reluctant Innovator



reluctant innovator coverThrough our articles we parse out the ideas that people have designed to solve intractable issues in communities around the world. We look at how these ideas take shape, what methods they employ and relish in the idea that they are all changing the world one step at a time

But what of those behind the idea? The tinkerers, the thinkers, the dreamers? After assessing their work, there isn’t much space left to look at the innovators who are changing the landscape of International development. This series focuses on the innovators themselves–their lightbulb moments, the struggles, and importantly, their path becoming an innovator.

To bring these stories to life, we worked with Ken Banks, editor of the book every international development student must read, Rise of the Reluctant Innovator. Our team has written four articles looking at the opening chapters.

The first chapter was reviewed by Maureen Littlejohn and looks at looks at the use of subtitles to spread education in India.

Chapter 2, reviewed by Rachel Pott, is about the concept of the outlier in innovation.

Lizz DiCesare looked at the third chapter, which covers an innovative mobile data collection platform.

Check back next Friday for our review chapter 4.

If you are interested in the book, download a sample by clicking on the cover image, or better yet, support their work and buy a copy (available in hard copy and ebook).



Eric Pires

Eric Pires

Eric Pires is a writer and co-founder of Innovate Development. He has worked in various sectors in Latin America and is currently working in Antigua, Guatemala.

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