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About six months ago I started using Nike+ both to help me run more regularly, and as a simple example of how design and technology could be used to enable and encourage behaviour change. Since then I've not exactly turned into Usain Bolt, but I have run on average once or twice a fortnight.

Furthest yet!

Furthest yet!

About six months ago I started using Nike+ both to help me run more regularly, and as a simple example of how design and technology could be used to enable and encourage behaviour change. Since then I've not exactly turned into Usain Bolt, but I have run on average once or twice a fortnight.

Come to think of it, the experiment may have been more effective if I'd leveraged Matthew Taylor's competitive edge, who bought a Nike+ at the same time, but I haven't yet been bold enough to pitch my fledgling running skills against him.

So far, so good, but now I've decided to up the ante by testing my new level of fitness on a half marathon (still a bit of a challenge, as the furthest I can run is about five miles).

I'm running in support of Practical Action - a great NGO who work in Latin America, East Africa, Southern Africa and South Asia and use appropriate (often quite simple) technology in a people-centred way to make people's lives better. In their own words:

"Practical Action has a unique approach to development – we don't start with technology, but with people. The tools may be simple or sophisticated – but to provide long-term, appropriate and practical answers, they must be firmly in the hands of local people: people who shape technology and control it for themselves."

If you have some cash to spare and would like to support Practical Action's work - then do please consider sponsoring me to drag my body around 13.1 miles of central London. Any contribution is really appreciated to help me reach my £500 target. Thanks!

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