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  • Clients served:
    UNOSSC, UNDP, Harvard Institute for International Development, World Bank, USAID, NHS, UNICEF.

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Friday
Sep152017

Past Clients + Publications | 1991 - 2016

 

 



The first business card for David South Consulting. Inspired by the Dutch post office's (PTT Post) corporate identity developed by Studio Dumbar, the card was designed by Brian Cartwright of Toronto's Rocket Design. Work at this time included investigative journalism for Canada's top magazines and newspapers, magazine and newsletter editing, and communications for a prestigious medical history funder. From the very beginning, we were inspired by Dutch design for the public sector and the importance placed on this in The Netherlands. The work of Hein van Haaren, former head of the PTT's Aesthetics Department, and graphic design pioneers Wim Crouwel and Gert Dumbar, still remain key influences to this day.

As a reporter for two Financial Times newsletters, New Media Markets and Screen Finance, I covered the rapidly growing UK (and Scandinavian) television and new media markets and the expanding film-financing sector in Europe.

This Canadian alternative bi-weekly magazine broke new ground with its investigative journalism and online journalism. It gathered together highly talented, young contributors, many of whom are leading figures in journalism, the arts and technology today.

As the UN's head of communications in Mongolia (1997-1999), I founded the UNDP Mongolia Communications Office and oversaw a two-year communications programme to respond to the biggest post-WWII peacetime economic collapse. Award-winning and influential, the Office pioneered the use of the Internet in international development crisis response and was called a "role model" for the rest of the United Nations.

Following on from the success of the UNDP Mongolia Communications Office, I worked with the head of the UN Ukraine mission to strategically relaunch the mission web portal, incorporating the newly launched UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Drawing on my extensive experience strategically using the Internet to achieve communications goals, I was hired to head a two-year project to launch the GOSH Child Health Web Portal. Award-winning, it was called a "role model" for the wider National Health Service (NHS) and one of the most admired websites in the UK public and charity sectors. The website was cited as contributing to the hospital's high rating and attracted additional funding for its research.

As part of an assessment of Mongolia's media capabilities to communicate the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), infographics were introduced for the first time to the mission.

With the Global Financial Crisis erupting, I was retained by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to research and write a monthly e-newsletter and develop a new magazine to offer solutions and raise the profile of South-South cooperation as a development response to the crisis. Both publications proved highly influential, leading to the wider adoption of South-South cooperation and to national governments picking up the innovation agenda being brought about by the rapid take-up of mobile phones and information technology. The magazine Southern Innovator was called "a terrific tour de force of what is interesting, cutting edge and relevant in the global mobile/ICT space...".

In 2010, David South Consulting was relaunched with a new logo and branding for the 21st century. It represented a new phase, as work became global and very high-profile and influential. The foundations have been laid for future growth and expansion.

Watch Magazine

Watch Magazine was launched in 1994 and quickly became the authentic 1990s voice of Toronto's youth. As one of Toronto's first youth start-ups, Youth Culture became a successful youth communications brand and expanded to national distribution by the late 1990s. Launched during the economic austerity years in Canada, it was one of the contributors to Toronto's economic resurgence and renewed business vitality.

New Media Markets

As a reporter for two Financial Times newsletters, New Media Markets and Screen Finance, I covered the rapidly growing UK (and Scandinavian) television and new media markets and the expanding film-financing sector in Europe.

A Partnership for Progress: The United Nations Development Programme in Mongolia

The Partnership for Progress brochure raised the curtain on the UN's response to Mongolia's economic and social crisis in the late 1990s. It celebrated Mongolia's independence and its flourishing media scene and free expression after the long years of Communism and state repression.

Human Development Report Mongolia 1997

The first human development report for Mongolia captured in data and stories the damage done by the harsh transition from Communism and the imposition of austerity during the 1990s. It found high levels of poverty in the country and a heavy toll taken on people's health, communities and families. The report was received with great enthusiasm and had two print runs.

Blue Sky Bulletin

The Blue Sky Bulletin newsletter broke with the usual approach taken by UN newsletters of offering up 'grip n' grin' pictures of men in suits and instead offered actual stories and data on how Mongolia's transition crisis was faring. It was distributed within Mongolia and by post and email outside the country to help raise awareness of the country and its development challenges.

Mongolian Rock-Pop Book

Researched and written by ethnomusicologist Dr. Peter Marsh, this book on the impact of Mongolian rock and pop on the country's business and entrepreneurship culture, shone a spotlight on a lively modern music scene.

Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 1: Mobile Phones and Information Technology

The first issue of Southern Innovator was called "a terrific tour de force of what is interesting, cutting edge and relevant in the global mobile/ICT space... " and a "Beautiful, inspiring magazine from UNDP on South-South innovation."

Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 2: Youth and Entrepreneurship

Issue 2 of Southern Innovator drew praise for painting a positive picture of how the world's development challenges could be taken on: "Thank you David - Your insight into the issues facing us a[s] [a] 'global Village' is made real in the detail of your article - 10 out of 10 from the moladi team."

Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 3: Agribusiness and Food Security

Issue 3 was on the theme of agribusiness and food security.

Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 4: Cities and Urbanization

Issue 4 on cities and urbanization saw Southern Innovator visit innovative new cities across Asia. Readers said "The magazine looks fantastic, great content and a beautiful design!" It is designed by Icelandic graphic designer and illustrator Solveig Rolfsdottir.

Southern Innovator Magazine Issue 5: Waste and Recycling

By this point, the Southern Innovator brand was drawing praise for being "one of the best sources out there for news and info on #solutions to #SouthSouth challenges.” Readers also said they "really enjoyed reading them [Southern Innovator], impressive work & a great resource. Looking forward to Issue 6. My best wishes to you & your team at SI."

© David South Consulting 2017

Friday
Sep152017

Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine | 1992 - 1994

 


Publisher: Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine

Location: Toronto, Canada

Editor and Writer: David South

I worked as Editor and Writer for the newsletter of the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine (under the direction of the Editor-in-Chief and Hannah Executive Director Dr. J.T. H. Connor) in the early 1990s. Located close to the University of Toronto and within a neighbourhood claiming a long association with medical and scientific discovery (Sir Frederick Banting, co-developer of insulin for the treatment of diabetes, lived at 46 Bedford Road,), the goal was to better connect Canada’s medical history community of scholars and raise the profile of the funding resources available to further the study of medical history in Canada.

I also revamped the application process for awards, scholarships and grants to make them user-friendly and compatible with word processing software packages of the time. 

At the time I also worked as an investigative journalist and medical reporter. Some health and medical stories I wrote at the time are below: 

Taking Medicine to the People: Four Innovators in Community Health

Take Two Big Doses of Humanity and Call Me in the Morning

 


© David South Consulting 2017

Tuesday
Sep122017

Vision + Strategy | 1991 - 2014

 


The importance of crafting a vision prior to the execution of a strategy is key to success and inspiring others. If done well, the vision can do much of the work for you. An inspiring vision will bring others on board, aligning them to your strategy. Some examples of vision leading to strategic success can be found in the following Case Studies from David South Consulting: 

Crisis Recovery

Case Study 4: UN + UNDP Mongolia | 1997 - 1999

Case Study 7: UNOSSC + UNDP | 2007 - 2016

Media Start-up

Case Study 2: Watch Magazine | 1994 and 1996

Digital Transformation


© David South Consulting 2017
Wednesday
Aug232017

GOSH Child Health Portal Graphic Design | 2001 - 2003

 

 


Publisher: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH)/Institute of Child Health (ICH)

Location: London, UK

Project Manager: David South


The brochure launching the GOSH Child Health Web Portal in September 2001.

Screen grabs from the first phase of development of the GOSH Child Health Portal.
A poster used in Phase 1 to launch the GOSH Child Health Portal.

An illustration from the child-friendly resources welcoming children to the hospital.

An illustration from the child-friendly resources welcoming children to the hospital.

Each phase was communicated in the hospital's staff newsletter, Roundabout.

Screen grabs from the third phase of the project. It included many new microsites and the re-design and re-launching of the GOSH Charity web portal in 2003.

There is no better way to show the transformation than this image.

 

Business card for the GOSH Child Health Web Portal Project. 

© David South Consulting 2017

 

Monday
Aug142017

UNDP Mongolia Handbooks and Books | 1997 - 1999

 


Publisher: UNDP Mongolia Communications Office

UNDP Mongolia Communications Coordinator: David South

Environmental Public Awareness Handbook: Case Studies and Lessons Learned in Mongolia by Robert Ferguson.

Environmental Public Awareness Handbook: Case Studies and Lessons Learned in Mongolia by Robert Ferguson.

Mongolian Green Book by Robert Ferguson et al.

Mongolian Green Book by Robert Ferguson et al.

Mongolian Rock and Pop Book: Mongolia Sings its Own Song by Peter Marsh.

Mongolian Rock and Pop Book: Mongolia Sings its Own Song by Peter Marsh.

Pop music helps fuel Mongolia's market economy by Oyuntungalag.

Mongolia Update 1998 by David South and G. Enkhtungalug.

Other

Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless (ECW Press, 2000) is one of many books featuring content and resources resulting from the two-year publishing programme of the UNDP Mongolia Communications Office (1997-1999). 

Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless.

Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia by Jill Lawless.

A review of Wild East: Travels in the New Mongolia in the journal Mongolian Studies (2002) by Alicia J. Campi.

In their own words: Selected writings by journalists on Mongolia, 1997-1999 by David South and Julie Schneiderman.

© David South Consulting 2017