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The Brilliant Failures Award
 

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The main goal of the Brilliant Failure Award is to stimulate more transparency, learning capacity and innovation as a core competence in the broad field of International Development Cooperation. The ...

The main goal of the Brilliant Failure Award is to stimulate more transparency, learning capacity and innovation as a core competence in the broad field of International Development Cooperation. The award is an initiative of The Institute of Brilliant Failures in collaboration with Spark and supported by Partos, PSO, Woord en Daad and Fondsen. More information at www.brilliantfailures.com

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  • A brilliant failure is a serious effort to achieve something but which led to a different outcome and the opportunity to learn. 1)Did you have good intentions? ( not at the expense of others or society at large 2)did you prepare well (failure through poor preparation or silly mistakes are not a brilliant) 3)Did you NOT achieve your original goal? 4)Did you or others learn something from your failure? Stock of some 90 cases on our website. Still groiing. Not for now.
  • Last year we organized our the first award for the best learning moment in sustainable development. With the award ceremony at the 1% club event in amsterdam. Our aim with this award is to promote learning from failure, transparancy and to pormote entrepreneurila behaviour and tatking calculted risks. And next month we will open this years call for participation. We invite every organization that actively contribute to sustainable development to submit a case this year.
  • Last year we organized our the first award for the best learning moment in sustainable development. With the award ceremony at the 1% club event in amsterdam. Our aim with this award is to promote learning from failure, transparancy and to pormote entrepreneurila behaviour and tatking calculted risks. And next month we will open this years call for participation. We invite every organization that actively contribute to sustainable development to submit a case this year.

The Brilliant Failures Award The Brilliant Failures Award Presentation Transcript

  • The Institute of Brilliant Failures presents: The Brilliant Failure 2011 award for the best learning moment in Development Cooperation
  • What is your brilliant failure in development cooperation?
    • Did you have good intentions?
    • YES continue
        • Did you prepare well?
        • YES continue
    • Did you NOT achieve your original goal?
    • YES continue
    • Did you or others learn something from your failure?
    • Congratulations with your Brilliant Failure!
    When is my failure brilliant?
  • Successes from last year’s 2010 award
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness via SMS in Uganda Goal To create and distribute an HIV/AIDS awareness quiz via SMS with Text to Change. Approach Text to Change relied on all prior lessons learned in the area of ICT use in emerging markets. Result On the morning of the campaign launch, TTC was assigned the number 666 by the Ugandan Communications Commission , the code of the Antichrist, the devil. Concerned (Christian) parties wanted to stop the program immediately. After much ado, the number was changed to 777. Lesson No matter how well you prepare, unexpected challenges dwell in dark corners.
  • Credit for Cooperatives in Congo Goal To provide loan capital to cooperatives for purchasing and gathering crops. Approach 1. Vredeseilanden distributed loan capital to be used at the cooperatives ’ disposal. Initial loans, however, were not paid back. 2. An agent was appointed to visit the cooperatives and distribute the capital onsite. But delivery of the agricultural products was unreliable. 3. An overhauled system of credit was put in place, based on savings, order receipts and repayment on delivery through COOCENKI. Result It worked! WINWIN: an efficient buyback scheme with easy marketing and lowered risks, built on credit and limited costs. Lesson It is possible to construct sustainable, large-scale commercial transations without foreign support.
  • Solar Energy with the Best Microfinancers in Uganda Goal: To speed up the spread of solar energy systems. Approach: ETC forged partnerships between solar energy companies and the best microfinancers (MFI ’s) in the country. Result: The partnerships yielded no results. However, energy companies working together with weaker financers, yielded more positive, fruitful relationships, and were surprisingly successful. Lesson: Successful cooperation relies on enthusiastic and serious working relationships in the field.
  • 2010 IoBF Award Ceremony in Amsterdam
  • 2010 IoBF Award Ceremony in Amsterdam
  • Please submit your case online at www.brilliantfailures.com/awardDC Join us at Linkedin: Brilliant Failures http://twitter.com/BrilliantF