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RADAR: Lessons from Back Home

Peter Toth

I was proud to read a recent Fast Company article about efforts to make government services more user-friendly in my hometown of Gainesville, Florida. After conducting user research with support from IDEO, they developed innovations like a "Department of Doing" to guide residents through government processes. It's an inspiring story, and one that I will keep an eye on.

RADAR: No Taxation without Collaboration

Peter Toth

If there's one thing that I've learned from projects that depend on collaboration between organizations, it's that the process of getting and balancing input can be just as important as the outcome itself. This recent article from Vox, about a carbon tax initiative in Washington state, is an illustrative example of why strategic and deliberate collaboration is necessary to tackle complex issues.

RADAR: Sexist Smart Homes & Innovative Utility Apps

Peter Toth

The Surge Series podcast from the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation, which explores the human side of energy, is back with a new episode. This installment explores the compelling question of how new technology affects gender roles, and features a discussion with a guest from DTE Energy about the utility's award-winning home energy app.

RADAR: The Year of Failure

Peter Toth

While I'm skeptical of the efficacy of resolutions, the start of a new year is an opportunity to face challenges with fresh eyes. Accordingly, I'm looking forward to a new article series that intends to help impact designers embrace the possibility of failure and more effectively learn from it. 


Peter Nicholson

A recent article in Stanford Social Innovation Review addresses a central challenge of collective impact efforts: the potential loss of autonomy by participating entities. As we've learned in our work, overcoming this barrier is not easy, but it can be mitigated by involving stakeholders in the creation of unifying structures, and providing mechanisms to reward them for their contributions.

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