Hillary Clinton attends the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting at The Shertaon New York Hotel on September 25, 2013 in New York City.

When the US Secretary of State reads your blog posts

One of my blog posts (written with Kim Elliott) ended up on Hillary Clinton's desk according to the latest batch of released emails. Read the full post »
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Blog revamp

I've made some design changes to this blog. For those who are interested, here are the details. Read the full post »
A three dimensional WordPress logo

Apologies for our appearance …

Problems with my webserver - should all be fixed now. Read the full post »
Aaron Swartz at Boston Wiki Meetup

Development and the death of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, who died on January 11th, worked and fought for key freedoms of our time: the right to information, to share knowledge and ideas, and to speak freely. This blog post considers the importance of these issues for development, and what we might do to continue his fight. Read the full post »
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Twitter: society’s new dial tone

This blog post first appeared on the Media and Government site.  It suggests that new media is not just a faster and 24 hour news channel. The political economy of media is changing in three important ways. Read the full post »
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Incessant barking

Cartoon of two dogs, as if in conversation
“I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking.”

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Too much of a good thing?

Surprisingly many people prefer to receive this blog by email than to visit the website or use the RSS feed.  (You can sign up for the email on the blog page or here.)

For the last two bog … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Why don’t we tackle diseases of the poor?

Walking home today after having lunch in a nearby cafe, I was asked for money by a middle aged man suffering from podoconiosis, sometimes called Mossy Foot.

The foot of a person suffering from podoconiosis

I bet you … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Geeky stuff for the weekend

Social media

I can think of a couple of organisations which have embraced social media exactly like this:

Dilbert.com

New aidinfo website

In work-related geek news, my team has a brilliant new website: http://www.aidinfo.org. (I can call it brilliant without … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Spreading some love

Here is really nice animated talk by Dan Pink on what really motivates us. He says that monetary incentives work for simple, straightforward tasks, but they don't work at all well for tasks that require conceptual and creative thinking.  According to him, what motivates people is autonomy, mastery and purpose.  One conclusion I draw from this is that there are probably a lot more people than you might think who would be willing to spend a lot of time and effort helping to make the world a better place by reducing poverty, if we did a better job of enabling them to give their time and abilities.

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Simon Maxwell’s spiffy new website

… is here.  Simon’s stuff is always well worth reading – he has an enviable ability to synthesize ideas from across disciplines, and explain them with a coherent narrative.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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How to read blogs [tech for non-techies 2]

This is a non-technical introduction to how you can "subscribe" to blogs and webpages so that you can read lots of blogs quickly and easily. It explains the benefits of Google Reader and the other ways you can read many blogs without having to go from one webpage to another. Read the full post »

Development blogs you should read

It would be invidious to recommend particular blogs, and what’s the point of having a blog if you can’t be invidious? So, if you only read a few development blogs, here is my list of who I think you should … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Subscribe to this blog by email

I generally assume that people who read blogs use an RSS reader, like Google Reader or FeedDemon (which is what I use), rather than hopping from one website to another in your web browser.  You can even use Outlook 2007 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Global Prosperity Wonkcasts

Good news: the Center for Global Development has started a new podcast series, the Global Prosperity Wonkcast.

In this first episode, host Lawrence Macdonald talks to Todd Moss about his new paper, Saving Ghana from Its Oil: The Case Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Is blogging a waste of time?

Chris Blattman has a thoughtful post about his decision to continue blogging.

He gives a bunch of reasons – to paraphrase, they are: (a) it is way to have influence; (b) it is probably a good career more; (c) it … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Back to school with development podcasts

Ryan Briggs has a good round up of development-related podcasts

Fall classes have started again so my time on the DC metro has increased greatly. The commuting has meant that I’ve been blowing through podcasts at an alarming rate, and

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UK Government Director of Digital Engagement: poisoned chalice?

Here is a job I might have applied for if I were in London: Director of Digital Engagement:

Develop a strategy and implementation plan for extending digital engagement across Government

But I’m quite glad not to be eligible. Here … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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