Out of the complexity of the COVID pandemic, the urge for a transformation and transition to a digital society became a top priority, as did the need for decision makers, policy practitioners, and politicians to deepen their understanding of digital technologies as enablers for economic recovery, and as a tool to respond to shared social challenges.
In line with this new reality, the PIT Policy Lab was born in 2020 as C Minds*’ first spin out and as a key founding partner in change. Working at the intersection of Public Interest Technology and agile policymaking, the PIT Policy Lab builds on top of sound foundations created through years of multiple stakeholder engagement to craft solutions to complex challenges through practical research, policy insights, and the drafting of proofs of concept in the field.
What is Public Interest Technology (PIT)?
Even though there are several definitions, there is an agreement that Public Interest Technology serves the public good. According to New America, “PIT adopts best practices in human-centered design, process re-engineering, and data science to solve public problems in an inclusive, iterative manner—continuously learning, improving, and aiming to deliver better outcomes to the public”. For PIT to thrive, Ford Foundation believes the field needs the talent and dedication of people across sectors.
For us at the PIT Policy Lab, Public Interest Technologists are part of a diverse community channeling their domain expertise into public interest activities, harnessing digital technologies as tools for change.
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* With over 11 years of experience in the social innovation and tech for impact ecosystems, C Minds has been championing bold and meaningful changes in the social realm and women’s empowerment. As a women-led action tank working in Latin America at the intersection of new technologies, society, and the environment, C Minds believes in the power of collaboration to scale impact. Its starfish model was created to incubate pioneering initiatives, follow-up on their development closely, and nurture them to grow independently.