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IFAD's FailFaire

Have you ever considered that success and failure are two sides of the same coin? Mark your calendars for 29 October 2013 and join an IFAD event that aims to challenge the common thinking around failure – and to raise awareness about how learning from failure is a key to success. This board is dedicated to texts and talks about the importance of learning from failure. http://www.ifad.org/events/failfaire/index.htm
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IFAD social reporting blog: Make more misstakes #failfaire

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"A great piece of advice that I offer today – if you have an hour available, don’t bother reading this blog and go directly to the real thing. Dave is a great speaker and his intervention is certainly worth listening to. Dave kicks off with the concept of naturalising sense-making: how do we make sense in the world so that we can act in it? do we know enough to act?"

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from Bloomberg View

How Mongolia Brought Nomads TV and Mobile Phones

How Mongolia Brought Nomads TV and Mobile Phones. Interesting blog from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, about a project that met its goals by learning from failures and adapting the approach.

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"Harford argues that today’s challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinions; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt—improvise rather than plan, work from the bottom up rather than the top down, and take baby steps rather than great leaps forward." The author Tim Harford will participate in the IFAD #failfaire: http://www.ifad.org/events/failfaire/index.htm

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Tim Harford — Adapt

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29 October 2013: How to make failure a stepping stone to success. This event will benefit from the insights and experience of renowned personalities such as Tim Harford, Aleem Walji, Dave Snowden and Ashley Good. The complex world in which we live and work requires that both organizations and donors accept the fact that failure is a natural part of doing business. Follow the event via webcast, and join the discussion.

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Fail forward with failure reports. Here is a guide from Fail Forward that is intended to support organizations who are interested in documenting and learning from their failures, and using the process as a launch point for organizational change. It is largely based on the process developed by Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), an organization which has been publishing its Failure Reports publicly since 2008.

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David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure | Video on TED.com David Damberger’s work with Engineers Without Borders has taken him from communities in India to Southern Africa to help build infrastructure -- and learn.

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Read Aleem Walji's blog post: "Why Talking About Failure Matters?" Aleem Walji is the director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs. He oversees open government, transparency, and accountability initiatives with particular interest in leveraging technology to increase social accountability and improve service delivery. On Tuesday 29 October he will be speaking at the IFAD FailFaire, and you can follow it live via webcast: http://www.ifad.org/events/failfaire/index.htm

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from The Huffington Post

4 Ways to Overcome the Fear of Failure

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." Paulo Coelho Read this inspiring text by Gracie Gordon that gives you four concrete tips on ways to overcome the fear of failure.

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The Power of Failure

"The idea behind this FAILFaire, which was hosted by the World Bank, was to highlight, even celebrate, instances of failure in the field of social change as an integral part of the process of innovation and, ultimately, progress." Who hasn't made mistakes? Read this New York Times piece on the power of failure.

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