Corporate Thematic Areas
UNDP in Montenegro
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UNDP Europe & CIS
Enjoy complexity? You’ll love our new project! We’re looking for partners
Podgorica, 25 February 2013
The speed with which change happens in our society today is astounding. Whether you are a policy maker, entrepreneur, or a grass roots activist, irrespective of a sector you work in, coming to terms with that change is what will either make you relevant and competitive or redundant. ‘Real-time’ is increasingly becoming a standard catch phrase in our vocabulary.
When we say ‘coming to terms’ with the change we mean being able to detect early warning signs of an upcoming shift in behaviors attitudes, identify trends and patterns in attitudes, and quickly evaluate whether your response is appropriate and relevant to those changes.
One way that we at UNDP are experimenting with in order to come to terms with fast pace changes in development is by using micro narratives. For us, people, it has always been about storytelling. We are most honest when we tell stories to our friends over coffee, during family meals, or by water-coolers.
Globally, UNDP has started testing this method in several different contexts to understand better how we can best integrate it into our work in an effort to provide real-time monitoring system for our work. Two of those initiatives are taking place in Montenegro. Here we would like to gain a better understanding on:
We are looking for organizations and individuals who are willing to volunteer and partner with us in micro narratives. Specifically, we are looking for partners who will help us come up with clever strategies for capturing thousands of stories in the mentioned areas, and who will get involved in the actual process of capturing them. What do they get in return?
Interested, but still not sure? You can read through how our thinking on this topic has evolved, from the first encounter with complexity science and development, to brainstorming with global development hot shots such as Owen Barder, to analyzing the value added of narratives vs. opinion polls/survey/focus groups.
As a final hook, check out the experience of few other global development players with this narratives, specifically the fantastic work by Global Giving and Nominet Trust. Hooked? Get in touch with us by March 10th by either emailing us (Milica.firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweeting to @ElaMi5.