Admitting Failure helps folks in the social development sector fail forward by:
1. Operating in a safe environment for testing risky innovative ideas
2. Recognizing failures early
3. Admitting failures open and honestly
4. Learning from these failures
5. Adapting actions in order to improve upon risky innovative ideas
They're keen to prevent scenarios like this: "Somewhere in Tanzania, a sanitation program proves ineffective. That result isn’t shared, because it may upset a donor. As a result, the same program is implemented two years later in rural Ghana. Then again in Mali. Failures are repeated because we hide them." ... "The development community is failing…to learn from failure. Instead of recognizing these experiences as learning opportunities, we hide them away out of fear and embarrassment."
Admitting Failure provides opportunities for viewers to browse, submit and discuss stories of failure. How might we provide opportunities for web start-ups to learn from each others failures? How might we foster a safe environment for testing risky innovative ideas & sharing learnings?