When we first envisioned JadedAid, we thought we’d make a fun little game we could play with friends while we shared a few beers. Along the development process, we realized that JadedAid had the potential to catalyze real transformative dialog at various development institutions and industry confabs.
JadedAid isn’t just a distraction to keep you from remembering how many beers you (probably shouldn’t have) had, it is a prism into our everyday frustrations as worker bees in the DIC.
In April, I gave a talk at Switchpoint, the premier collision point of dialogs on “humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology.” The title of my talk was “JadedAid, jargon, and real innovation.” But I decided to deviate slightly from the topic to focus on the personal.
As I’ve talked about in a previous Card Story, we all have a role to play in making the world a better place. However, it continues to be the case that there are limited roles for members of the Global South to have meaningful careers and roles in international development.
One of the cool things that happened later in the day in the break out sessions was how organizations and practitioners in speak and represent the work that they do. A lot of the themes our game touches on are around how we communicate the work that we do. Do we insert ourselves into the story, as the voice for a cause or are we there to elevate local capacity and voices that are actually working on those issues?
It was a great discussion and an opportunity to watch communications professionals at high powered aid organizations grapple with their organizations mode of communicating and representation.
If you haven’t yet, have a watch and let us know what you think.
Ever since we debuted the JadedAid original card game on Amazon.com, we’ve been enjoying the reviews that you have submitted so far. You all have serious creativity, probably while hitting the village hooch!.
June 2016 Amazon JadedAid Review Winners!
We took some time to read through June’s submissions. After snorting beer through our noses, we selected two JadedAid T-Shirt winners. Cards down our two favorite reviews were from Siobhan Green and Sare.
I’m using it as a litmus test for friends / colleagues / random expats.
Outcome 1: Obsession verging on mild addiction? No way! Me too! Drinking buddies forever.
Outcome 2: Badly concealed shock and disapproval? I’m taking bets on your eventual self-righteous meltdown.
Either way, it’s hilarious.
I have never finished a game, as I collapse in both laughter and shame before getting to the end…
Submit your comment and win!
While we liked this month’s short and sweet reviews, we’re a sucker for longer Amazon reviews too, especially if you add photos (hint, hint).
Sustainable innovation at scale requires constant adaptive management, best if it leads to project extensions and a follow-on award. That’s why we’re excited to announce our next effort to please the donor at any cost:
JadedAid Expansion Packs
We will be releasing 54-card JadedAid expansion packs this fall, and in our participatory user-centered tradition, we’re making all voices count! We’re turning to you, our stakeholder ecosystem, to help us break through existing constraints and achieve a new level of resilience.