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...

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.


“Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science” — Code.org “Take an hour to learn more about the technology that touches every part of our lives. That’s how you can prepare yourself with the skills you need for your future.” — President Obama I spent an hour today with our team at Development Innovations to help them learn...

Sell Me On Your Idea

I want to change how we fund grants for technology projects. Typically, when you apply for grant funds you write a long proposal outlining your concept, implementation plan, relevant outcomes, and budget. Sometimes they are short, sometimes they are massive. Proposals are, in my experience, full of buzz words and very broad concepts. Also the budgets are bloated (cough, per-diem) and unrealistic...

It Comes from People

“…democracy requires much more than Facebook revolutions and ballot boxes. It demands active citizens, effective bureaucrats, and enlightened leaders.” — Kentaro Toyama, Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology I see a lot of hopeful people looking for the technology that is going to change their world. They usually look to me to help them identify...

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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