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Solutions to complex problems are hidden in plain sight | Monique Sternin | TEDxHanoi

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Published on Apr 5, 2019

The Positive Deviance approach is well-known among academics and international development circles but mostly unknown in Viet nam where the approach was pioneered in the 1990's. The purpose of this talk is to share what is known as "the Viet nam story" with a new generation of Vietnamese and encourage them to look within for solutions to complex problems, instead of relying on outside experts. Monique Sternin is the co-founder of the Positive Deviance (PD) Approach & Initiative, and Adjunct Associate professor, at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, USA..

Over the past 28 years, Monique has been involved in developing and promoting the Positive Deviance Approach, an asset-based method to solve complex problems requiring behavior and social change which she pioneered with her late husband Jerry Sternin in Viet Nam in the 1990s. She teaches about the PD approach at a variety of universities in the US and consults for UN organizations and INGOs interested in applying the PD approach to complex problems requiring behavior and social change

With her deceased husband, Jerry Sternin, and Richard Pascale, she co-authored the book entitled “The Power of Positive Deviance: how unlikely innovators solved intractable problems” published by Harvard Business publishers in June 2010. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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