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Redeeming Technology

I’ve spent a long time advocating for the use of technology in developing countries. I’ve always believed that when used appropriately technology can be a game changer for solving complex issues. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of projects, those with the best intentions, fail horribly due to a lack of understanding about how people use technology. And upon reflecting on my own...

Leaving Development Innovations

Today is my last day as the Innovation Program Manager at Development Innovations. After two years of working on USAID’s Development Innovations project, I’m happy to announce that I’m headed back to the company I founded seven years ago. It’s been an amazing two years, and I’ve grown a lot as a person, a manager, a husband, and a father. After taking a few months with my wife to figure out...

My Wife, the Hero

As a new father I have a new found appreciation for what mother's do for their children. This is the first Mother's Day for my wife and over the last three weeks I have learned so much more about my wife of eight years. 

10 Things I Hope for my Daughter

As a first time dad, I have been filled with a lot of emotions over the last nine months. Fear, joy, stress, love, and hope just to name a few. But as we approach the final days, I can't stop thinking about hope. I look back at my family and think about the hope my parents had for me when I was born. I listen to the news of terrorist attacks, the US presidential election, and climate change and...

IPad For Work?

I waited in line for the original iPad. I thought the iPad would change how I worked. At the time I was just starting my design career at an agency in Seattle. I had imagined all the amazing ways an iPad could help me become a better designer. From quickly being able to markup a screenshot, to drag and drop wireframes, I was convinced that this was the device that would change everything for me. ...

Designing Better Projects

Project design is a process that takes years of work to master. From project scoping, planning, design, and implementation there are a lot of areas to master. If you’re interested in creating better projects, that engage more people, increase impact, and are more fundable check out these tips on how to optimize your project.

Today we are closing our co-working space

Today at Development Innovations we announced the closure of our public co-working space. As we work to refine the Development Innovations' project, a public co-working space no longer fits our aims. We will continue to focus our efforts on building an innovation lab and providing advisory services to civil society organizations.

Revenue Projections

I never really ran the hard numbers. Once I get an idea in my head, often my first step is to start building it. Code first, think of the business model later.  I’ve learned that starting to test the idea with people first is the key to any good project. But testing with users doesn’t give us revenue projections, it doesn’t give us churn rates, or burndown rates.  It...


I’ll write a longer post about this later, but last week I caught two men attempting to break in to our house in Cambodia. My wife and I are safe, but after a week of re-keying our house, hiring a part-time guard to watch the house, getting the gates and windows fixed, I am now just in a place to start talking about what happened. The invasion of your own personal space makes you feel...

Jesse Orndorff

The founder of Glean, an agency for change. Formerly Innovation Program Manager at DAI. He's now focused on building technology and startups that work on challenging issues and doing social good.

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