2011 Conference Videos: The Paradox of Scale

Achieving scaled Impact is a hot topic in the international development scene, as agencies all over the world struggle to solve the urgent and massive problem of poverty. With this need for scale, more money is going out the door and bigger projects are being implemented every day.

More is good, right? Bigger is Better? Well not always.

There is an unavoidable paradox plaguing us all, with every expansion, we increasingly standardize, rush results and pre-plan our projects. We inevitably copies and pastes solutions from one place to another, stifling the environment for bottomup innovation and quality of process that will lead to sustainable results. This panel will dig deep into the heart of this paradox, exploring why copy and paste development occurs, and the solutions for how we can climb our way out of it.


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