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Center for Science, Technology, and Society

May 13, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Nobili Residence Hall
Nobili Dinning Hall
Cost : Free

Think Big: A Lesson on Scaling


Dr. Richard Kohl 

Business, non-profits, and social enterprises all aspire to address social problems at large scale.  Yet, they often do not understand how to develop and implement effective strategies to scale up their work. As a result, all too often promising innovations remain just that – promising – innovative, highly original and effective solutions to global poverty but operating only at small scale.  

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way.  

Dr. Kohl will present his scaling up framework and illustrate his talk with specific applications to various cases.  His presentation will cover: 

·What exactly is meant by scaling up and its different types, forms, and methods.  

·The key challenges of scaling up, why breakdowns often occur, and what can be done to address them

·The steps or phases of scaling up and their associated tasks and tools.  

·The components of a scaling up strategy

·The scaling road less traveled: Why some pathways are more suited than others for particular types of innovations

Richard Kohl is one of the very few international consultants who specializes in scaling up and sustainability and has worked not only with social enterprises and NGOs but with national governments, foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors.  He has been involved in the development and application of several of the current frameworks used for scaling up.  He will present this framework and lessons from others that have been successfully applied to interventions in public health, education, early childhood development, livelihoods, rural poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment in Central, South and East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, and Brazil.


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