Archive | April 2014

Design Thinking for Accountability

West Point Health & SanitationThis post was originally published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

A new community justice system in Liberia emerges from a design-thinking approach.

By Blair Glencorse

Last year, in the West Point township of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, an enterprising community leader named Thomas Tweh found himself with a serious problem. West Point crams more than 75,000 citizens into a square mile patch of land by the Atlantic Ocean—and life is very hard. Space is limited, incomes are low, formal jobs are few, and basic services are almost non-existent. Read More…

The Lab is Ranked as a 2014 “Top Rated” Non-Profit

Thinking through accountability in Liberia

Thinking through accountability in Liberia

The Accountability Lab was recently ranked as a 2014 “Top Rated” Non-Profit by Great Non-Profits, a place to find trustworthy nonprofits. The mission of Great Non-Profits is to inspire and inform donors and volunteers, enable nonprofits to show their impact, and promote greater feedback and transparency. Read More…

Accountability Lab wins the Grand Challenge for Development

We partnered up with the Engine Room for a project that will look at ICT tools for accountability in Liberia, which has won a competitive grant from Making All Voices Count. We were selected from a total of 544 proposals to be one of 28 cutting-edge solutions. Read more about the award and the project below- and published on the MAVC website! Read More…

Accountability Lab selected for the Points of Light Civic Accelerator






With Founding Support From PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Starbucks Foundation, and Added Support from Blackstone Charitable Foundation, SAP and Official Hotel Sponsor Hilton Worldwide

ATLANTA, April 8, 2014 – The Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator – the first national startup accelerator dedicated solely to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 14 startups selected to participate in its spring 2014 program. This will be the fourth round of the Civic Accelerator since its founding in 2012. The ventures participating in the Civic Accelerator, which include for-profits, nonprofits and hybrids, all mobilize people to create positive change and come from across the United States.

The 14 ventures will gather in Seattle on April 22 for the start of an intensive, 12-week startup boot camp that includes mentoring, entrepreneur education, peer support and networking. Points of Light will offer two of the most promising ventures – as selected by the entrepreneurs themselves – a $50,000 investment following the conclusion of the program at a June Demo Day in Atlanta. Read More…

Collaborative Impact Through the RSA Fellowship

2013impactReportBy: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by RSA United States.

I arrived breathlessly and slightly late to an RSA Fellows social Entrepreneurs Network breakfast at RSA House last summer. My tardiness was caused in part by a sleepless night thinking about- of all things- impact measurement. I had been struggling for weeks with how I could best measure the effectiveness of the work I had begun through my organization the Accountability Lab. Read More…