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D.Talks - "Society's Sandbox"

Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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D. Talks - Global Development Speaker Series, sponsored by Dalberg

“Society’s Sandbox”

Spotlight Speaker: Steve Daniels, Design Lead at IBM and Founding Director of Makeshift

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, July 23rd at Dalberg's New York office for "D.Talks," an evening of drinks, networking and discussion about global development.

For our next event, to mark the recent launch of our Design Impact Group (DIG), we are pleased to welcome Steve Daniels, Design Lead at IBM and the Founding Director of Makeshift. Steve’s talk will be a journey into what he calls “the world’s biggest design research opportunity” – informal economies, a grey legal zone that employs two-thirds of the world's population. These informal innovation centers, located around the globe, represent a constant search for creative solutions with the potential to transform formal industry and government.

Steve is passionate about using technology to transform society. As a Design Lead for IBM's design leadership team (, Steve is responsible for driving a culture of design and innovation throughout the company. He is also the Founding Director of Makeshift (, a magazine and think tank dedicated to uncovering creative solutions at the economic fringe. Previously at IBM Research, Steve received awards and patents for his work on Smarter Cities, the Watson question-answer system, an SMS App Store for emerging markets, and enterprise crowdfunding. He is the author of Making Do, which catalogs his research on Kenya's jua kali roadside engineering culture. He has spoken at TED, PopTech, and the New York Forum.

Come to this round of D. Talks and find out how, from New York to Nairobi, informal economies are changing the landscape of business and society.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Guests are encouraged to mingle after the speaker presents.

Dalberg office, 99 Madison Avenue, 17th floor, New York, NY 10016 

Drinks and light snacks will be served.

Places are limited. Please register by July 21 at:

About D. Talks:

D. Talks is a forum that brings together the development community in each city where Dalberg is located. D. Talks aims to drive dialogue and critical thinking on global development issues and provide networking opportunities within the community. A summary of previous D. Talks is available at: 

Have questions about D.Talks - "Society's Sandbox"? Contact Dalberg Global Development Advisors

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Dalberg Global Development Advisors
99 Madison Ave
17th floor
New York, NY 10016

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Dalberg is a strategic advisory firm that works to raise living standards in developing countries and address global challenges

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