OCT 2008

Still in the first phase, most of October had us gathering research through interviews and secondary research. We tapped into Ashoka’s Social Entrepreneur’s database to talk to people from around the world about local or international solutions, as well as people who’d been highlighted in industry or media.

Because so much data had been gathered, it was becoming possible to spend more time on the pattern recognition stage of this project, where we were looking for commonalities and similarities in how people had identified problems, barriers or overcome them. While sophisticated software might be useful here, we opted for using a team of exceptionally smart people to continuously question what we saw and shape it into clear patterns and insights.

Watch a short video on Cheryl Dahle explaining creating a Discovery Framework.