Getting NGOs to Celebrate Failure, So They Can Learn From Others' Mistakes

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Getting NGOs to Celebrate Failure, So They Can Learn From Others' Mistakes

Post  goodtime on Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:40 pm



This is the VOA Special FF14 GilEnglish Development Report.
Week after week, we bring you stories about projects to improve lives in the developing world. Projects like banking by mobile phone or low-cost

lighting systems or even a toilet bag that recycles itself into fertilizer.
But for every success story
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called FAILFaire.
The creators of the event recently held their second FAILFaire. Members of the nonprofit community came together in Washington to talk about

their projects, and why
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FAILFaire is sort of like a celebration of failure. A prize is even given to the "best" worst story. But why celebrate?
Katrin Verclas is with a nonprofit group in New York called MobileActive. She was the one with the idea for FAILFaire. She says the event provides

an opportunity for people to learn from the mistakes of others.
Katrin Verclas: "Development is a field with finite resources, and so the less money we waste, the better. And part of that is learning from the things

that didn't work, so that we don't endlessly repeat them."
MobileActive held its first FAILFaire in New York earlier this year. More than seventy people attended the event.
One of them, for exampleBuy FF14 Gil, was there to talk about his failed nonprofit organization

MobileImpact.org. Bradford Frost had hoped to recycle used cell phones and provide them to people in Africa.
Katrin Verclas explained some of the problems with this project, and others like it.
Katrin Verclas: "Cheap FF14 GilIt didn't work at all, given the prevalence of cheap, very inexpensive handsets

in the countries. We often refer to that as SWEDOW -- Stuff We Don't Want. You know, the old stuff that we have that we think we can hand down

to developing countries, and that's not a very sustainable or in many ways smart approach."
FAILFaire takes place
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Ms. Verclas says the creator of a project is the one responsible for declaring it a failure. She says profit-making businesses talk more about failure

than nonprofit organizations do.
Katrin Verclas: "
FFXIV Power levelingWe have to report to donors and donors do not like to look bad, and so we don't like to

look bad as nonprofits. And so we have a tendency to highlight our successes and never talk about our failures."
Katrin Verclas says runescape goldshe hopes FAILFaire will change this problem over time. She says members

of the nonprofit community have been surprisingly open to her idea.
Join us again next week for more about FAILFaire and who won the award for best worst story.
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