On Monday, November 14th, PeaceTech Lab and its partners HUM Network, Pakistan and ChannelsTV, Nigeria, joined with sponsors Facebook, Google, Coca-Cola and others at the annual ICFJ Awards Dinner honoring outstanding journalists whose coverage has had a major impact.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer served as Master of Ceremonies. War Correspondent Clarissa Ward was honored with the Excellence in International Reporting Award for delivering "unparalleled news and analysis from global hotspots." Two international journalists also received the Knight International Journalism Award: Miranda Patrucic for her reporting on corruption and organized crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Carmen Aristegui on behalf of the team Aristegui Noticias, known for their hard-hitting reports on corruption in Mexico.
Exploring how innovative uses of media, technology, and direct engagement can accelerate positive social change, counter radicalization, and build peace.
Yemen is the Arab world's poorest and least developed country, caught in the grip of a protracted, complex civil war, with continuing Saudi bombing and rising extremism. Despite an operating environment fraught with peril, selected international NGOs are still operating on the ground with local partners, providing critical humanitarian assistance and seeking to promote development.
On November 4th, partners PeaceTech Lab and RNW Media chose to make Yemen the focus of their first event in a new Deep Dive Series: a set of discussions involving researchers, experts, NGO practitioners, and funders who join together to probe the media and political environments of countries affected by conflict, mine the latest research data for strategic insights, take stock of current program activity, and then step back ask what more can and should be done to foster peace and stability and aid the suffering population – with the aim of generating new project suggestions and possible partnerships.
For the latest information, please visit www.deepdives.org.
On the occasion of the recent launch of The Hague Humanity Hub and HumanityX, The Hague Municipality hosted a network meeting for professionals working on international peace and justice in the wider Washington D.C. and New York areas. The meeting was organised as part of a US visit by The Hague’s deputy-mayor, Mrs Ingrid van Engelshoven.
The aim of the meeting was to raise awareness about the opportunities that emerge from the Data Revolution for the peace and justice sector; to showcase some of the work that has already been done in the United States, and to strengthen the emerging innovator communities of digital pioneers working on data-driven innovation for the sector.
Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb and Deputy Mayor of the Hague Ingrid van Engelshoven provided opening remarks, while the World Bank's Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, Mahmoud Mohieldin, delivered the keynote address. A panel consisting of experts from Google, Planet Labs, Georgetown University, MITRE Corporation, and the International Commission on Missing Persons discussed what needs to change in the next 5 years in order for organizations focused on SDG 16 "Peace and Justice" to catch up to Silicon Valley.
Follow the conversation using #innoSDG16.
PeaceTech Lab Vice President Nancy Payne joined representatives from the U.S. Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, USAID Global Development Lab, the U.S. Council for International Business, and Concordia to co-host a roundtable discussion on "The Private Sector's Role in Achieving the SDGs."
While government has been successful in outlining a visionary mission for global development, businesses have the unique ability to bridge the capacity gap to reach the impact and scale necessary to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Partnership between the public and private sectors, at both global and national levels, is vital to creating an effective strategy and successfully implementing it to achieve these goals. This session brought together presidents, chief executives, and investors from across industries in a high-level working group to examine businesses’ role in providing technical know-how and fostering the spirit of innovation to fulfill the goals outlined by the United Nations.
The 12th and final Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting began Monday, September 19th, with leaders from around the world gathering in New York City to celebrate a legacy of turning ideas into action—as well as the continued dedication of members to overcoming shared global challenges.
Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb moderated two discussions: one dedicated to ensuring more inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Africa, and another dedicated to girls' education, youth engagement, and the future of the workforce.
The Social Good Summit was a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held annually during UNGA Week, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. The theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” During the Social Good Summit, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.
For years, companies worldwide have used social media analytics to better understand consumer behavior, track the success of campaigns, and frame their strategies. Increasingly, nonprofits and government agencies are incorporating these same tools into their work to understand social dynamics and gather data that can fill gaps in information on behaviors and perceptions.
On September 15th, PeaceTech Lab and Crimson Hexagon invited practitioners from around DC to an interactive workshop focusing on how organizations working in conflict- and disaster-affected areas use social media to creatively monitor and respond to events on the ground. Participants received special hands-on training for tools like Crimson Hexagon, Geofeedia, and Zoomph that make this work possible.
In the past 3 years the number of startup investments in Stockholm has grown from 3 per month to 33 per month. Likewise, STHLM TECH FEST has grown faster than anyone could imagine, involving founders, investors, designers, developers, and journalists from 20+ countries.
This year STHLM TECH FEST added a special 2nd full day called SOLUTIONS where 6,000 tech entrepreneurs and investors joined with leading policy makers, foundations, and NGOs in an unprecedented event to showcase and inspire solutions to the UN Global Goals.
Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb joined an impressive array of panelists, including Sara Damber, CEO & Co-founder of "Reach for Change;" Marie Trogstam, Head of Sustainability Strategy at TeliaSonera; Ashok Swain, Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala Universitet; Fredrik Nilzén, Global Manager for Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship partnership with Save the Children; and Ann Svensen, Individuell Människohjälp. The panel was focused on Solutions for Children + Peace.
The Forum on Innovation and Strategy, sponsored by Harvard Business Review Brazil, has become an essential meeting for organizations that are seeking or already working with innovation as one of their strategic pillars. The Forum brings together thinkers, visionaries and experts in innovation to trace how today's companies can achieve the necessary transformation to flourish in their markets and remain competitive.
On September 1st, Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb provided the keynote address in Sao Paulo on "How to Use Conflict Management Concepts to Accelerate Innovation Initiatives Using Science, Technology, and Partnerships."
Sister Cities in Today's World: Advancing Peace and Security in the Middle East aims to explore the benefits and pitfalls of building relations at the leading edge of sister cities.
Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb joins moderator Sarah Heck, Director of Global Engagement at the White House National Security Council; Mayor Farhad Niyaesh of Herat, Afghanistan; Somaia Ramish, poet, writer, and a member of the Herat Provincial Council; and Barbara Slavin, Acting Director, Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council, and Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com in this panel discussion.
Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb will participate in a panel discussion on "The Power of Data Philanthropy," hosted by Andre Pienaar of C5 Capital at Amazon Web Services' Annual Enterprise Summit in London.
Discuss, provoke, and challenge the status quo. That was the goal of Spotify's Daniel Ek and At Night Management's Ash Pournouri when they created Symposium Stockholm, a week-long festival of ideas, fashion, music and tech that captures the future and the forward-thinking energy of Sweden.
Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb will participate in a panel discussion on tech as an amplifier of social good during the Symposium's flagship "Brilliant Minds" Summit. Other presenters include Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia Founder), Eric Schmidt (Alphabet Inc Chairman), and Electro-pop duo Icona Pop. See full speaker list here: http://symposium.co/speakers/
Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb presents at the 10th Anniversary World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in a talk entitled: "Disrupting War: Designing a New Peace Industry."
The event, hosted at the UN General Assembly in NYC, features a town hall on how Design Can Solve Sustainable Development.
Learn more and request an invite here.
Uniting or Dividing? Media and Politics in the Arab World
Join the PeaceTech Lab and BBC Media Action for a robust discussion with media and regional experts.
The “Arab Spring” brought global attention and scrutiny to the media of the Arab world. In helping to overturn decades of centralised political control, social media appeared – at first glance – to have fundamentally altered the rules of the political game in the region. In the years since, it has become clear that the relationship between media – social, broadcast, public and private – and politics is more complicated.
A more pluralistic Arab media environment has undeniably led to an improvement in freedom of expression. But it has also simultaneously allowed the media to be increasingly co-opted in the service of narrow political interests in the region. This panel will explore the relationship between media and social cohesion in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings. It will look at how different types of media shape identity in the region and whether media can help communities overcome social divides or invariably pull them apart.
Global Partnerships Week 2016 Kickoff Event
From March 7-13, 2016, The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Concordia, and PeaceTech Lab, will organize its annual Global Partnerships Week (GPW) celebration, under the theme “Leveraging Innovation in Partnerships” in recognition of the critical role public-private partnerships play in promoting diplomacy and development worldwide. During one week each March, GPW inspires public and private organizations everywhere through self-organized local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as shared value collaborators.
KICKOFF EVENT—INNOVATORS, CHANGEMAKERS, AND DISRUPTORS: NEW IDEAS IN THE PARTNERSHIPS LANDSCAPE
GPW will launch by convening the second annual gathering of partnership builders from all sectors for a one-day conference at the U.S. Institute of Peace on March 7. This event will bring together partnership practitioners and leaders to engage in discussion on common challenges and best practices, identify new partnership opportunities, and coordinate on collaborative solutions.
To learn more about Global Partnerships Week and to view the agenda for the kickoff event, please visit http://www.p3.co/gpw-2016/
Scaling PeaceTech: More, Better, Faster
The global ubiquity of low-cost, easy-to-access technology is changing the way information and capital flow. This new normal has unleashed social entrepreneurs harnessing the power of technology, media and data. PeaceTech emerges when interdisciplinary experts collaborate to design, develop, and deploy new and existing technology tools for peacebuilding.
During the 2016 PeaceTech Summit, we explored the relationship between existing companies and emergent PeaceTech, test possible funding mechanisms, identify what works best to extinguish violent conflict, and chart the way forward for a PeaceTech industry. We had visionary pioneers from multiple sectors – all discussing how enterprises can tackle drivers of violent conflict to create a high-impact PeaceTech industry.
Listen to a live Twitter Chat at 10:00am EST using #scalepeacetech. International peacebuilders will discuss their work, explore challenges with scaling technology solutions to address drivers of conflict, and provide insights on the three broader themes of PeaceTech Summit 2016:
Investing in Local PeaceTech New PeaceTech ideas and entrepreneurship are vital to scaling PeaceTech, especially in the field.
Scaling Media in Peace Traditional media is essential to scaling PeaceTech -- as much as new and social media.
Data to Drop Violence For the first time in human history, predicting violence may be possible, but that requires a deeper understanding about the nuances of conflicts.
Technology use in the field of peacebuilding is on the rise, as novel approaches to peace are ever more needed to tackle persistent conflict. Eurasia Foundation and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace are hosting a Google Hangout to explore how innovators are employing technology to bridge divided communities in Eurasia and the Middle East. Derek Caelin of the PeaceTech Lab will be one of the panelists discussing the role of tech in conflict resolution, and its potential to forge alternative paths to peace.
Sheldon Himelfarb will be speaking to students and faculty at the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities on the PeaceTech Industry.
Matt Boote will speak at The University of Texas System Office of Federal Relations Research and Policy Conference.
2015 Global Engagement Forum: "Moving the Sustainable Development Goals from Aspiration to Achievement"
The two-day Global Engagement Forum will focus on how strategic partnerships among public, private, and social sector organizations can effectively address the Sustainable Development Goals through strategic program alignment and collaboration.
In 2015, the United Nations will launch the Sustainable Development Goals, providing the foundation for action to solve some of the world’s most difficult challenges. At PYXERA Global, we see this as a tremendous opportunity to harness the capabilities of the private, public, and social sector, catalyzing and accelerating action to make progress against these goals. The Global Engagement Forum on November 10-12, 2015 will bring together leaders and organizations from across the three sectors to discuss how best to partner and move from aspiration to achievement.
Members of the Lab will be attending the event and Sheldon Himelfarb will be speaking on, "Social Enterprise Start to Scale during one of the breakout sessions.
Modeled on GMF’s well-established Brussels Forum, The Atlantic Dialogues, jointly organized by GMF and OCP Policy Center, brings together around 350 high-level public- and private-sector leaders from around the Atlantic Basin for three days of open, informal discussion on cross-regional issues ranging from security to economics, migration to energy. Participants from North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia include senior officials, business leaders, opinion shapers and the media.
Sheldon Himelfarb will be representing the Lab at the Dialogues and be featured on a panel discussing "The Elements of Human Security: Protect and Empower."
Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and Sapient for a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at Gensler on 2020 K Street, on The Innovative Use of Technology in International Development with panelists from the Clinton Foundation, USAID Global Development Lab, USIP PeaceTech Lab, and Action Aid.
In the roughly two decades since the launch of the web’s first search engines, technology has expanded and progressed at an incredible rate. Technology revolutionized how we communicate, learn, and develop across sectors, geographies, and demographics. In 2015 and beyond, the potential for technology seems almost unlimited. With technology progressing so quickly, we must assess the effectiveness of its use.
EMBARK is Independent Sector’s 2015 conference, taking place October 27-29, 2015, in Miami. It will bring together more than 1,000 thought leaders from nonprofits, philanthropies, and corporations.
The Independent Sector national conference isn’t just a unique meeting of bright minds dedicated to the common good. It’s a rare opportunity where the outcomes can be truly transformative for the entire charitable sector. It’s where the best and brightest from nonprofits, foundations, and corporations of every size come together to collaborate, network, and learn about the emerging national and global trends that affect us all. And, it’s an immersive cultural experience, where the art blends with ideas and action to spark innovation and create a vision for a better future.
PeaceTech Lab Vice President Nancy Payne and Lab Consultant Matt Boote will attend the event. Nancy will speak about achieving social justice through strategic communications. Matt will discuss the intersection of technology and international conflict on EMBARKstream.
9th Annual TIDES Technology Field Demonstration: “Building Resilience: Preparing for Natural and Man-Made Disasters”
Sheldon Himelfarb spoke at the 9th Annual TIDES Demonstration on a panel discussing “Innovative Technology Solutions for Development and Peacekeeping." Joining him on the panel was Alexis Bonnell of the US Global Development Lab.
As the world turned its attention to New York City this fall, Concordia celebrated its fifth anniversary of supporting public-private partnerships (P3s) for social and economic impact. On October 1st and 2nd, the Concordia Summit convened the world’s preeminent thought leaders and decision makers to address the world’s most pressing global challenges by highlighting the potential that effective cross-sector collaboration can have in creating a more prosperous and sustainable future.
Sheldon Himelfarb represented the Lab at the Summit and led an "Office Hours" discussion on the possibilities for a "PeaceTech Industry".
Derek Caelin will be a featured speaker on the panel online on September 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for the third digital event in our 2015 American Express NGen Digital Learning Series, "Decoding Digital Activism For Next Generation Leaders." This will be a powerful conversation with experts who specialize in digital activism and social campaign management and are operating at the intersection of technology and civic engagement.
For more information see the website here.
When Egyptians, Ukrainians and others massed to demand democracy in recent years, the world noted their use of social media to build these movements. But after a government is changed and the crowds go home, social media may help spur political and social polarization amid a country’s difficult political transition. On September 29 a forum will be held to discuss the latest Blogs & Bullets report on social media’s role in this relatively un-examined transitional phase. The report explores how dangerous polarizing trends might be overcome to give transitions a greater chance of success. Michael Posner, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will deliver a keynote speech.
Sign up here to attend.
This event is an initiative of the International Development Working Group (IDWG), a public-private partnership with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), a U.S. State Department office housed in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The IDWG was created to exchange information relative to the security environment in the humanitarian and development community.
PeaceTech Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb will speak at 10:30 A.M. on the emergence of the PeaceTech Industry and the impact it has on violent conflict worldwide.
Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum Event - Pioneering Peacebuilding: Exploring Innovative Approaches to Conflict Transformation
Innovation - we hear the term used every day around Washington, DC, but what does it really mean? And how is innovation reflected in research or in on-the-ground programs? How do we go about innovating, and what supports innovation? Join us for an event to explore what innovation means to different organizations and academics. In a lightning-round format, speakers will have 5 minutes each to discuss one example of innovative peacebuilding.
PeaceTech Lab Senior Manager Anand Varghese will present on combining technology, media, and data to reduce violent conflict.