I met data at work. Data had spent much time in the West showing exemplary results for public sector innovation. When data came to my home country - India, there was intrigue and some implicit demand. As someone who worked at the intersection of regulation, startups, and private sector, I had heard of data before. Data was smart, incisive, scientific and unlike other ‘innovation’ things – factual. Unlike others I had met, data was also verifiable and accurate – which made data really one of a kind. The folks in the governments would love data. It seemed like a good match.
As the new year gets off to an exciting start, the United Nations Development Programme’s 60 Accelerator Labs across the world are ready to unleash the full force of their intellectual capacity, protocols, tools and at some of the most intractable problems governments across the worlds face. The task for each lab is not a small one: To explore opportunities and solutions with regards to a particular frontier challenge.
As the Accelerator Lab Pacific continues its exploration of “Climate Security for Low-Lying Coastal Areas/Atolls”, references to cultural identity continued to emerge. Cultural identity for each community in the Pacific is unique and has strengthened their resistance to climate change. Through a series of system mapping exercises with experts, we can see the interplay of growing globalization and increased migration (exacerbated by climate change). This has led to island communities losing touch with their traditional ways.
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