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PopTech SI Fellows: Design for Impact

In Design, Innovation, Pop!Tech on October 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Kevin Starr, Director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows ProgramThe Mulago Foundation makes philanthropic investments in scalable solutions in health, development, and conservation in the Third World. As Director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, Kevin Starr helps the brightest social entrepreneurs maximize the impact of their ventures in the developing world.

Kevin works in the “Two-Dollar-a-Day Crowd” coaching entrepreneurs through the process of conceiving, developing and testing products and services that address the real-world needs of the vast markets in developing and emerging markets. As an investor, the ultimate goal is positive impact. Read the rest of this entry »


PopTech SI Fellows: Structure and Value Chain

In Business, Innovation, Pop!Tech, Social Innovation Fellows, Sustainability on October 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Joy Anderson, Structure of a Social Venture

Joy Anderson is president and founder of Criterion Ventures, a national firm that identifies, examines and solves system social problems by launching social ventures. A former school teacher and “accidental entrepreneur”, Joy’s mission is to incubate and scale ventures that build a better world.

Using the metaphor of the “meatball sandwich”, Joy shared her philosophy and methodology for building firms that change business landscapes. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Tweet or Not 2 Tweet

In Health, Innovation, Journal on May 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Twitter live from Vanderbilt 2009 Commencement

Twitter live from Vanderbilt 2009 Commencement

What the heck is Twitter?

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: “What are you doing?

This is a 10 minute presentation on the topic, given at a summit on Web 3.0 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

It features Ashton, voter fraud, swine flu, a white african and siamese twins.

(You can “follow” me using this tool here: @peterdurand)

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Wacom Bug-Eyed Portrait

In Art, Facilitation, Innovation, Journal on April 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm

First experiment with new Wacom Intuos4 tablet. Bug-eyed self... on Twitpic

Playing with our new Wacom Intuos 4 tablet to get used to all the clicks and taps required to be facile. The form factor is very nice, sleek, soothing.

I am ramping up for Remote Graphic Capture now that getting together for facilitated events is (a) cost-prohibitive and (b) bad epidemiological hygiene. As long as the electricity stays on, we’re set.

Did this whilst listening to Kurt Anderson’s Studio 360 on creative career change and good things from Mexico (music!).

In Search of the Perfect Personal Data Collection Application

In Health, Innovation, Journal on April 7, 2009 at 11:00 am
Did Buddha have a scale?

Did Buddha have a scale?

PHOTO: Modern ceramic pop art. Peter Durand (c) copyright 2008

So, anyway, I try to weigh myself every morning.

Like many men approaching the tail end of my 30s, I am trying to lose weight. According to the official BMI calculator, I am obese, defined as BMI 30.0 or greater. Well, barely obese (I am 30 even!).

Alas, I am trying to make a concerted effort to eat right, read up on nutrition, turn down seconds, cut down on a bad pizza and coffee habit… anything to stave off the prospect of aging, developing diabetes, and (God Forbid!) cancer.

Well, you know, anything within reason.

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Thinking About Global HealthTech

In Health, Innovation, Journal, Sustainability on March 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm
Modern Pharmacy in Liberia

Modern Pharmacy in Liberia. Photo by Erik Hersman

Thinking about the people I’ve run across (mostly thanks to Pop!Tech) who are applying design and technology to global health. Wondering how to be part of the solution.

“All experts agreee that earlier diagnosis and treatment are the only effective ways to combat this [AIDS] epidemic. A key to this is how do you deliver information – which is what a diagnosis is – at the lowest possible cost.” – George Whitesides, Founder Diagnostics for All

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Peter Durand has Gone Country!

In Design, Fun, Innovation on January 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm
Find me on the marquee downtown next to the boot shop, across from the wig store.

Find me on the marquee downtown next to the boot shop, across from the wig store.

Living in Nashville, it was bound to happen sooner rather than later. See press release>>

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I be Twitterfied

In Innovation on December 12, 2008 at 10:30 pm
Twitter is mutating my brain.

Twitter is mutating my brain.

I have sort of gone overboard on the Twittering.  (And I don’t even own an iPhone!)

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