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When Innovation Meets Practice / Nelly Revazishvili

15 May 2015

image One of the founder of Music Pro - a crowd funding platform for street musicians in Georgia. Photo: Mariam Janashia/UNDP

Albert Camus once said: Youth above all is the collection of possibilities. Diplohack which took place last summer in Georgia was one of such possibilities for Georgian youngsters to hack real world problems and reach out to decision-makers. During a three day idea-exchange marathon, young people were asked to identify new ways of talking with decision-makers on the problems that affect their lives. Most importantly, they were asked to find and implement the solutions with creative use of technology. Best two ideas were financially awarded to turn into practice. One additional project has been revealed previously under the UNDP – Waag Society design thinking workshop. This initiative was carried by UNDP and the Embassy of the Netherlands in cooperation with local partners: Elva Community Engagement and Association “Rural Development for Future Georgia” (RDFG), and with external expertise of Garage 48.  Teenagers vs Decision-makers – is that a bargain?  Youth engagement in problem-solving and decision-making builds self-confidence and responsibility for the future of their communities. Young people develop skills they will need later: leadership, communication, research, analysis. They clearly see and value the positive impact of their efforts. It is also about the benefits society gets from this bargain. Young people are creative and enthusiastic. They  Read More

On the Way to the summit of Mt. Gvirgvina / Eugene Kogan

24 Apr 2015

image Exploring the wonders of Borjomi Gorge. Photo: Eugene Kogan

Please remember that together with the international team the author climbed to the summit of Mt. Gvirgvina (2203 m) on 11 April 2015 under wintry weather conditions. In other words, two last sections of the trekking trail were steep, slippery and covered by the snow. The winter experience differs from a summer trekking when ground covered by the snow and the climber does not see clearly the trail markings. Still, climb to the summit is worth trying. Let us start from the beginning. From the beginning of our walk we were accompanied by a local dog that climbed with us to the summit. The first six to seven kilometres from Tsagveri via Timotesubani to the first yellow signpost Tsagveri: 1h. 35 min are easy to walk since the trail goes on the plain terrain and is well-marked. Unfortunately, in our case, signpost pointing in direction to Mt. Gvirgvina was broken and thrown on the ground. As a result, we missed the left turn and after about 15-minute walk returned to the same signpost, put some pile of rocks on the ground for marking the trail and began our ascend. It is a great pleasure walking in the woods covered by the  Read More

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