Peter Durand

Visualizing Social Innovation

In Journal on October 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm

This week is one of my favorite times of year.

I am in the US state of Maine, along the Atlantic coast covered with leaves changing color in anticipation of winter.

Over the weekend, I am working with young social entrepreneurs and innovators as part of the 

Pop!Tech Conference

, where I not only work to create paintings for the ideas of the 30+ speakers, but also try to teach graphic visualization skills.

To see paintings created during past conferences, visit: 

Above is a dramatic photo of the students creating a visual model of their ventures and life history. The pic was snapped by Erik Hersman

, co-founder of Ushahidi. He has a wonderful post describing the PopTech Social Innovation Fellows Program, with more images of us in action. Check it out:

Got to catch up with another key member of the program, Ken Banks, founder of the founder of, which helps non-profits put mobiles to work through innovative offerings like FrontlineSMS. We were talking shop about growing organizations and scaling up for real impact. He referred me to a blog post of his that has gotten some attention: The Rolling Stones School of Management Innovation.


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