Three Reasons Why SXSW is All About Social Good

Blair and Nora at SXSWBy: Blair Glencorse, Executive Director, and Nora Rahimian, Arts for Change Strategist at Accountability Lab. This blog post was originally published by Social Good Summit Austin.

From events on storytelling to fashion blogging, SXSW has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings as a local music festival in 1987. At the first SXSW there were just a few bands playing in a downtown parking lot to a group of Austin music lovers; this year the festival included the likes of Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Ryan Gosling, with thousands of attendees from all over the world. The mix is so eclectic that after several days, listening to a micro-biologist discuss social media trends with a skateboarding champion or the sight of people in giant squirrel costumes reading novels on a park bench seem almost mundane. Read More…

When reliable information is gold: Demanding the truth during the Ebola epidemic

Alfred Sirleaf, citizen journalist and founder of The Daily Talk, gives comment on current events in Liberia – including the deadly Ebola outbreak – via a blackboard newspaper on a busy intersection in Monrovia, Liberia in July 2014. AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh

By: Jennifer Lentfer. This blog post was originally published by Oxfam America, and is part of an Oxfam series that highlights local leaders who are standing up for accountability, making demands of their government, and getting results in the fight against injustice. 

Two advocates in Liberia and Sierra Leone demonstrate that good governance must come from within.

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How I became Nepal’s first-ever ‘Integrity Idol’

District Education Officer Gyan Mani Nepal (right) used innovative means to ensure that teachers in his district were doing their jobs. Because of his efforts, he received Nepal’s first Integrity Idol Award in January. Photo courtesy of Integrity Idol Nepal.

District Education Officer Gyan Mani Nepal (right) used innovative means to ensure that teachers in his district were doing their jobs. Because of his efforts, he received Nepal’s first Integrity Idol Award in January. Photo courtesy of Integrity Idol Nepal.

By: Gyan Mani Nepal, Nepal’s 2014 Integrity Idol. This blog post was originally published by Oxfam America, and is part of an Oxfam series that highlights local leaders who are standing up for accountability, making demands of their government, and getting results in the fight against injustice. 

A district education officer in rural Nepal sets a course for school reforms (and becomes a national celebrity along the way!) Read More…

An Online Discussion on Social Good + Innovation

#CULTUREFIX_SOCIALGOODThis afternoon from 3-4PM EST, we’re pleased to be co-hosting a Twitter discussion on “Social Good + Innovation”, with #CultureFix and +SocialGood. #CultureFix is a global collaborative network of cultural producers, change-makers, and creatives who use culture and the arts to create social change in communities around the world. Read More…

A Very Different Type of Tour in Nepal

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By: Can Atacik, Accountability Lab 2014 Social Impact Tour Participant

Have you ever felt that you are privileged? That you could “give” to others with your experience and utilize your network of contacts to help those living in developing countries? I thought so too, until I participated in the Accountability Lab’s Social Impact Tour in Nepal- the poorest country in South Asia- only to find out that it was me who actually had a lot to learn. Read More…

Build a Better Business Through Creative Accountability

SupportNepal6By: Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of the Accountability Lab; and Nora Rahimian, an Arts for Change Strategist at the Accountability Lab. This blog post was originally published by GE’s Ideas Lab.

Businesses can help to solve global challenges while remaining dynamic and profitable — by fostering a culture of accountability.

It has never been good enough for businesses to think only about the bottom line. But corporate engagement around the critical issues of our time — sustainability, inequality and corruption — is now more pressing than ever. Our planet is heating up, the income gap between rich and poor is growing, and graft is ubiquitous. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer indicates that trust in business leaders is at an all-time low; while a recent Gallup poll showed that just 13 percent of employees are engaged at work. Read More…

Being the Change-Maker You Want to See in the World

Feb2015-Lawrence-640x333By: Lawrence Yealue, II, CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS Fellow at Accountability Lab. This blog post was originally published by CIPE.

Throughout history, people have continually sought positive social and economic change, and found creative ways to make it happen. This change has been driven by a sense of dissatisfaction with the status quo, for example in the case of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. and the anti-Apartheid efforts in South Africa. But the list is endless. Read More…

Accountability Lab Impact in 2014

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Here at the Accountability Lab, we take impact very seriously. Each year we carry out impact surveys of our five key stakeholder groups Read More…

Community mediation in Liberia: Ebola, child welfare and building trust

By: John Kamma, Executive Director of the Citizens Bureau and Accountability Lab Accountapreneur. The blog post was originally published by the Innovating Justice Forum.

In late July last year, my organization, the Citizens Bureau for Development and Productivity (Citizens Bureau) formally launched a community mediation program in Logan Town, Monrovia. With technical support from the Accountability Lab (a local NGO) and seed-funding from Trust Africa (a pan-African grantmaker) we had very high hopes. Packed in a hot, unlighted church for the launch event were civil society representatives, government officials, and personnel of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

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The Politics Of The Common Man In India

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By: Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab’s Executive Director, and Dipanwita Das, the Accountability Lab‘s Ambassador in India and Founder and Director of Das Social Strategies.

On the 26th of January 2015, we lost the Common Man. R K Laxman, who, for decades, had provided us with a satirical take on the Indian democratic process. He took with him the ubiquitous ‘common man’, the witness to the growth of democracy in India and often one of the few mediums through which we, the citizens, felt like part of the political process. Within weeks of this devastating loss, the party of the common man or ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ (AAP) came to power in Delhi. Suddenly, the aam aadmi was no longer a picture on paper but a real, active participant in Indian politics. The aam aadmi showed s/he could now shape democracy. As evidenced by Roy R Thomas’s tribute to Laxman, “the change” had begun. Read More…