Innovation for Development
About This Show
Innovation for Development is a podcast that brings together curiosity, creativity and innovation and examines their impact on the development world. Enrique Rubio interviews experts, innovators, social entrepreneurs and social innovators, development leaders, social organizations, and people from all realms of life who are creating an impact and making a difference to promote sustainable social and economic development across the globe. If you are working in development, are a social entrepreneur, an innovator or an enterprise interested in social responsibility, join us for this fascinating podcast where we explore the connection of the concepts of innovation and development. Join me in Innovation for Development.
Most Recent Episode
EP022: Dare to Innovate with Meghan McCormick
Meghan is the CEO and cofounder of the social organization Dare to Innovate. They are tackling unemployment youth problems in West Africa. Meghan knows that it is impossible for government or private sectors alone to solve these problems, and she is trying to help youth to go from job seekers to job creators.
Dare to Innovate is helping youth to see the potential in new ideas or businesses. For Meghan, calling things by their name is fundamental. She says that if we name “youth as a problem, they’re going to be a problem, but if we name them innovators they are going to be innovators” (talking about self-fulfilling prophecy, right?).
How is Dare to Innovate tackling the opportunities in West Africa? The first thing has been creating the compelling need for new businesses to measure both financial and social impact. And the second is that they focus their training and conversations around a human-centered ideation process. This latter step helps entrepreneurs and innovators to understand a problem they are passionate about and want to be working on and “dedicate their careers to fix it”, as Meghan says. This approach empowers youth to become problem solvers.
Dare to Innovate’s program has a very, very interesting component: it includes mindfulness at the beginning of each session as a cornerstone of the learning process. Meghan says that they send the participants of their programs “to spend one hour in nature to reflect about what they’ve learned”. Fascinating!
Also, the program includes people from very different backgrounds. As Meghan says, “the way ideas come into this world is bringing different perspectives and skillsets together… and it’s the unique combination of these elements what helps create something new…”.
You can contact Meghan McCormick via her LinkedIn profile. And click here to visit Dare to Innovate.
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