Dave Algoso is a social change strategist, facilitator, advisor, and researcher. He started his career writing policy papers on global warming and organizing local campaigns on democracy reforms across the United States. Since then, he’s also advised universities on faculty diversity efforts, co-designed a micro-grant fund serving Kenyan youth groups, and facilitated the launch of a global initiative to protect civil society and civic space.
Since 2015, Dave has built an independent strategy and facilitation practice, Open CoLab, which works with leading foundations, nonprofits, and multilateral agencies. His clients have included Open Society Foundations, Oxfam, Democracy Fund, Mercy Corps, UNICEF, and Alliance for Peacebuilding.
Along with consulting, Dave connects ideas from across the social change sector through his writing and speaking. He's written for WIRED.com, the Guardian, ForeignPolicy, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and more. He’s been a guest lecturer, panelist, moderator, and trainer for NYU, the Service Experience Conference, TechChange, and more. Dave is also a former Organizer-in-Residence at Civic Hall, and a co-founder of the AdaptDev community.
This course examines the inner workings of successful international public service projects and gives students the opportunity to design one or more themselves. Students will then study the characteristics of effective programs, which bring together a series of projects for mutually supportive and concerted action. Particular attention is paid to programs selected from the five areas where international public sector entities are most active: peace building, relief, development, advocacy and norm-setting. Case studies will be used in each of these areas to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between policy and implementation.