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“Failure” – the word usually carries a negative connotation. But for entrepreneurs, policymakers, and NGOs working to provide energy access to people in the “last mile”, failure can actually provide important lessons. Is failure an important ingredient to success?
In this webinar, we’ll gather experts who will talk openly about their experiences with failure from a variety of angles and why failure is actually an important element in successfully delivering energy access to remote communities.
What have they learned from these so-called “failures”? Must one fail to succeed? Most importantly, how can these stories of failure (and success) help remote villages to access energy, education, healthcare, etc.?
Our webinar series is a little different: each expert will speak for less than 10 minutes and will focus on their on-the-ground experience using photos to tell their story.
Learning from Failure
Reflections from 30 years in Development
A discussion starter
Reflections on the words
• Failure? “Didn’t go to plan”; “Didn’t fulfil the intended purpose”;
“Hurt people”; “Waste money”; “Didn’t work out as expected”; “Was
too difficult to actually do”
• Learning? “Know something now that doesn’t work”; “learnt some
new factors that need to be considered next time”; “gained insights
into peoples behaviours”; “realised that the target was wrong” “when
a failure is really a distorted success”
• Kevin and his South American thesis
• Spedding and the grass and cows
• Cambodia – failure as a discursive introduction
• Windpumps – design failure, marketing failure
• Cambodia – dams, ducks, mushrooms
• Cambodia – doing things properly business plan for pumps (rise and
fall of pumps and their contextual relevance)
and fall of
Whats on the web
• EWB failute reporting
Failure in a safe place
• DFID – Willing to fail? Daily mail – wasted money.
• Entrepreneurs – willing to fail? Disheartening, but investment was
clearly sign posted
• The poor – cannot fail due to lack of margins. So how can they learn?
• Create safe place to fail
• Cambodian game playing, role plays
How to learn?
• Learning events
• Learning labs
What do we know
What don’t we
know/do we want
What do we suspect
A key question – what have we learned about failure?