Amal recently joined the TechChange team as a Marketing & Communications fellow! Prior to TechChange she worked in the startup, social impact, and tech space.

We recently sat down with Amal to learn more about her background and experience. Welcome to the team!

Q: So, tell us about yourself. How did you end up working in marketing and social impact?

I’ve always wanted …



Last week I had the opportunity to participate in something called the Long Conversation at the IFC Sustainability Exchange organized by Veronica Nyhan Jones.

As a professor and an edtech CEO, I love thinking about new ways to facilitate conversations and inspire authentic moments on stage and online.

I’ve also participated in too many poorly-executed panels. You know the ones …



When building a community online, language should be a key consideration. While it’s true that our francophone users would be able to reasonably navigate an English-language platform, their opportunities for community may be restricted to our forums, minimizing connections with other areas of the platform and, more importantly, with course content. At the same time, anglophone users wouldn’t be able to meaningfully connect with their francophone colleagues in the …



Does investment and entrepreneurship have a role to play in international development?

Lawmakers are currently exploring creating a new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) to invest in and draw private capital to international development projects in exchange for equity. But the idea of unlocking finance to promote growth in developing countries is not a new idea.

USAID Development Credit Authority (DCA) …



Panels are a generally terrible formats for online webcasts, but solo presenters often lose the spontaneity of expert interaction. Can a new format help produce better conversations and better insights?

Today, TechChange Founder Nick Martin participated in the IFC Sustainability Exchange 2018, where he was interviewed by Kavya Kopparapu, and then turned to interview Reg Manhas of Kosmos Energy. …



According to new research, learners who passively observe experts feel confident that they’re prepared to try a task themselves. Unfortunately, they often show no measurable improvement when they attempt the task itself. And most of online learning content is currently built on exactly this observational method using instructional videos.

Whether it’s sitting through mandatory HR training DVDs or spending free time on watching MasterClass …



After starting as a Marketing and Communications fellow in spring 2018, Danielle officially joined the TechChange team in a role split between Instructional Design and Creative. Prior to TechChange, she was a Program Associate at the Society for International Development – Washington Chapter, where she worked on event planning, graphic design, and marketing projects for the international development community.

We recently sat down with Danielle to learn …



We’re proud to announce that registration is now open for WeRobotics Online Training Academy

WeRobotics has just launched its inaugural course on Drones in Humanitarian Action: From Coordination to Deployments. Building on the first-ever trainings on humanitarian drones by the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) between 2015-2016, the training team brings over 40 years of experience in humanitarian aid, complex …



TechChange partnered with Family Care International (FCI) to produce a short animation to make the case for national budgets that reflect the people’s needs and priorities. This animation was intended to build on our first animation with the Mobilizing Advocates from Civil Society (MACS) project, which dealt with “The Power of Civil Society” and critical roles in holding governments accountable.

The MACS …



With over 9,000 attendees and 1,000 speakers, re:publica 18 is one of the largest conferences about digital culture in the world. The conference has a diversity of attendees such as artists, activists, scientists, hackers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, journalists, social media and marketing experts, and many others. The re:publica 2018 theme is POP, touching on opening up societal discussion to all and make net culture and politics tangible to anyone.