Innovation Cartoons

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5th November 2018

One of the exciting ways GAHI is stimulating debate is through a new series of cartoons from Lillie Rosen.

In her series of 12 cartoons Lillie introduces us to the fictional "NGO Innovate!" which has  just received a major grant for humanitarian innovation. Lillie lets us follow them as they launch a community innovation project to generate scalable solutions to some of the humanitarian sector’s toughest challenges. The series will take us through some of the ethical, organizational, and practical challenges that the NGO Innovate! team faces in trying to achieve its goals.

In the first of the series on Transforming Systems (24 October 2018) we meet NGO Innovate! and the donor discussing how to truly transform lives.

The second cartoon, Talking the talk (5 November 2018) exposes the jargon we use when we talk about "humanitarian innovation" (any ideas of a better description?) and how difficult it can be to practice what we preach. 

In the third cartoon Walking the walk (7 December 2018) the team learns firsthand that all of the innovative ideas in the world cannot overcome the outdated processes and risk aversion that’s built into the humanitarian sector’s systems and culture.

Have you seen these cartoons played out in real life? Feel free to use the comments section at the bottom of every post to tell us what you think.

A tremendous thanks to Lillie for all her dedication and creativity. 

Lillie Rosen began her career in the US refugee resettlement program in New York and New Jersey, and went on to work in humanitarian programming in Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, and Jordan. Lillie currently manages the Mahali Community Innovation Lab for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Jordan. The lab fosters locally-driven solutions to the social problems of urban displacement. The heart of the Mahali lab is the idea that the people who experience problems are best placed to innovate appropriate, effective solutions. Lillie has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in International Education Policy from Harvard University, with a specialisation in programming for conflict-affected youth. 

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