FailFaire gets people talking – the casual, open event allows attendees to talk about failure in non-profit ICT4D and M4D in a new way, presenting mistakes in a learning environment. Our second FailFaire, held in Washington, D.C. with the World Bank, followed a similar layout to our New York City event with presenters, representing either themselves or their organizations, giving quick speeches on non-profit projects that burned out, never got off the ground, or had unintended (and unwanted) results.
Now, people are taking notice of the benefits of hosting a FailFaire.
The New York Times wrote an article about FailFaire and since then, we’ve seen the story picked up in many other places. Even more encouragingly, we’ve heard other sectors talking about how FailFaire could be adapted to more than the non-profit world. The Columbia Journalism Review wrote about how the journalism profession could use a FailFaire to navigate the changing face of the media industry. Voices for Innovation wrote about how the FailFaire approach could be useful in business, health, and public sector work.
The story was also picked up and re-reported on several blogs, including Next American City, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, WorldChanging, and the ICT4D Jester. The positive response has been great, and we’re glad that the FailFaire idea has caught on so well.
If you’re hosting a FailFaire in your industry, please let us know – we’d love to see how the idea adapts across sectors (and check out our how-to guide to creating a killer FailFaire for ideas).
Here’s what some of our Twitter followers are saying: