2010 was a memorable year for DS Consulting, as a number of trends and initiatives came together. Since 2007, DS Consulting has been working with the United Nations Development Programme’s Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, tracking the most exciting event of our times: the rise of the global South as an economic powerhouse.
On top of documenting the trends and new players shaping this fast-changing world, DS Consulting worked on developing a new magazine to be launched early in 2011. Called Creative Sparks, the magazine is designed by Icelandic graphic designer Solveig Rolfsdottir and is intended to showcase innovation-led ways people across the global South are making money and fighting poverty. It will be distributed around the world and online. A peek at the cover is below:
As the target year for the Millennium Development Goals, 2015, approaches, the relevance of Creative Sparks will become clear as governments and people scramble to try and meet the goals.
DS Consulting has also launched a new website, www.davidsouthconsulting.com, which represents the next phase of expansion. It is structured around the key practice areas and features past case studies and successes. Over the last two years, the back catalogue of previous work has also been migrated online (http://www.scribd.com/DSConsulting). This includes work rescuing Mongolia’s economy from the biggest peacetime post-WWII economic collapse and transformative work in child health with the UK’s National Health Service.
You can catch up on my archive of case studies as well at www.davidsouthconsulting.wordpress.com, and keep abreast of the many changes coming for 2011. The case studies are a mix of inspiring stories, insight, analysis and trends: A good snapshot of a fast-changing world.
A great deal of work has gone into laying the foundations for future growth at DS Consulting. The fruits of this work will become more apparent as 2011 unfolds. I look forward to this year’s challenges and wish everyone a Happy New Year!