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Open Society Foundations
How Should Philanthropy Respond to Obama's Speech on Black Men and Boys? One of the suggestions that Shawn Dove of the Open Society Foundations suggests in this article is that, "Philanthropy needs to collectively embrace the "power of positive deviance," realizing that the answers to this seemingly intractable problem lies in the heads, hands, and hearts of young black men in communities across the country along with the support of girls and woman - especially single moms. Let's find ways to tap their assets."
The New York Times
In this New York Times article about female circumcision, Tina Rosenberg writes, "All of the successful methods have one thing in common - a factor that is also responsible for the success of the Positive Deviance strategy I wrote about in February: "You must allow the community to decide for themselves rather than condemning," said Gebre. "To make people understand the harm that comes to their children you can't come in and tell them 'you are doing bad and must stop.' It has to come from inside the community. It has to be discussed over and over again, in the African tradition. That's how change comes."
Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh (SVP Pittsburgh)
On June 21st several Social Venture Partners (SVP) Pittsburgh partners saw firsthand how Positive Deviance (P.D.) principles are being applied in two local mental health programs. We met with program participants who were key in the initiation of the projects, as well as others who have joined in along the way. It was quite an inspiring day!
On Thursday, November 1, 2012, PDI presented the Jon C. Lloyd Community Building Award to Jon Lloyd at the Solutions for Society event. The award was presented to Jon in recognition of his exceptional demonstration of commitment to social change, community building, and social justice using the Positive Deviance Approach.+ read more
As reported in our June 2012 newsletter, PDI is implementing the Community Innovations for Polio Eradication (CIPE) project to identify existing successful and innovative behaviors and strategies to facilitate polio eradication in selected polio high-risk communities of Karachi, Pakistan. The second PD training, attended by the twenty participants, was conducted from October 8-12 at the Institute for Capacity Development, HANDS in Karachi.+ read more
On November 14, PD facilitator Muhammad Shafique presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, in Atlanta Georgia. Shafique’s presentation, entitled, Positive Deviance: An innovative approach to improve malaria prevention and treatment practices among mobile and migrant workers in Cambodia, gave an overview of a pilot PD project that focused on mobile and migrant workers in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Cambodia whose malaria prevention and treatment practices resulted in better health outcomes than their peers.+ read more
In early May, healthcare professionals from Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil had a PD celebration in the Oncology/Hematology Unit. Throughout the week, all doctors were approached to perform hand hygiene with alcohol gel hand rubs before enter the patient's room and they received some instructions about hand hygiene. The same group from Albert Einstein also recently published an article in the American Journal of Infection Control which investigates the use of the PD approach to increase compliance with hand hygiene by healthcare professionals.+ read more
Randa Wilkinson, Director of Training at PDI and a 1985 graduate of the Friedman School of Nutrition, was recently presented with the Leah Horowitz Humanitarian Award, which recognizes Friedman alumni who have demonstrated a substantial commitment to forging relationships based on service in humanitarian field work.+ read more
We recently moved our office to 75 Kneeland Street in Boston (just a block away from our old office) and we now have windows - click here to see our cool new views!+ read more