Track 1 - Trust and the Child: Building the Foundation
The focus of this track is on the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development needs of children to ensure their capacity to trust and grow to be resilient adults. Throughout this track, we will investigate the challenges faced by children living under conditions of stress – be it poverty, abandonment or violent conflict, and learn which interventions can prevent, mitigate or address the potentially lasting effects of toxic stress.
Track 2 - Trust and “The Other”: Nurturing Pluralism
Identity politics – wherever pursued – can cause untold damage, exploiting fear and resentment, targeting the weak, tearing apart societies, even leading to the breakdown of civil and political order. While there may be short term political gain in an appeal to our darker side, when prejudice and politics combine the longer term loss can be a state’s capacity to govern and assure human security. This track will explore opportunities for advancing pluralism – allowing groups to maintain their cultural identities while living side by side in a shared society. And we will look at how to identify and resist identity politics when it rears its head. We will consider the ways philanthropy and civil society are working to advance and preserve pluralism in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States. Finally, we will ask what it takes to be an empowered citizen advancing these values.
Track 3 - Trust in Governance: Peace, Justice and the Conflict Continuum
In many countries, political actors motivated by prejudice, resentment and malicious cupidity have undermined the critical role pluralism plays in society. Civil society, however, has the power – and the obligation – to redefine how our institutions govern our societies and ensure equal access to justice, prosperity and peace. This track will explore the ways that civil society organizations and individual leaders have risen to the challenge of civic engagement and restored trust in governance.
Track 4 - Trust, Philanthropy and Civil Society
This track will delve deeper into a discussion of the unique relationships of trust that philanthropies have enjoyed – and the ways in which trust might be strengthened or weakened as philanthropies make increasingly bigger bets, invest in knowledge generation and seek to sustain social movements. We’ll discuss their role in contributing to the field of knowledge and the ways they hold themselves to account, generating data and demonstrating results. Finally, we will explore the growth of organized philanthropy in the Global South, and ways knowledge is shared among philanthropists across societies and continents, including between those GPF members from the Global North, and leaders and founding members of GPF affiliates in the Global South.
Tuesday, April 18
Jumpstart the Conference Tuesday morning with “speed introductions.”
Welcome, Opening Remarks
Jane Wales, Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum
In Conversation with Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
In conversation with Jane Wales, Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum
Who is Us? Pluralism, Problem-Solving and Citizen Power
What does it mean to be an American, a German, a South African? In many societies, the pressures of economic dislocation and mass migration are seen as threatening to upend the demographic, social and economic order, complicating the question “Who is us?” In liberal democracies with a history of cultural diversity, the answer, in theory, is clear: we are united by shared values, an open society that embraces cultural liberalism, democratic capitalism and equality under the law. What might shake that conviction? James Goldston will speak to the conditions under which a commitment to liberalism and pluralism might wane and give way to nationalist populism, even ethnocentrism, opening the door for political opportunists to question the very legitimacy of our political institutions and appealing to our darker side. And Eric Liu will speak to the role that citizen power can and must play. In liberal democracies individuals have rights and the citizenry holds and shares power. James will describe how civil society helps to protect and preserve the former; Eric will speak to our responsibility to exercise the latter.
James Goldston, Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative
Eric Liu, Founder and CEO, Citizen University
In conversation with Jane Wales, Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum
Keynote Conversation: Big Bird
In conversation with Sherrie Rollins Westin, Executive Vice President for Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop
Building the Capacity for Trust: The Child
The first five years of a child’s life are a period of intense creativity, invention and growth. During this period, children rely on those around them to provide for their physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development needs to ensure their capacity to trust and become resilient adults. Distressingly, nearly 200 million children globally may not reach their developmental potential due to the effects of unhealthy environment and paucity of educational opportunities. Many of these children also live in stressful circumstances – caused by poverty, abandonment or violent conflict – and so face additional challenges in learning to trust. This session will investigate the factors impacting early childhood development and learn which interventions can prevent, mitigate or address the potentially lasting effects of toxic stress. If –as Nelson Mandela said –“there is no keener revelation of society’s soul than the way it treats its children,” then surely the legitimacy of a state rests at least in part on whether it meets its obligations to the young.
Randa Grob-Zakhary, Global Head of Education, Porticus
Peter Laugharn, President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (moderator)
Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children
Deogratias Niyonkiza, Founder and CEO, Village Health Works
Special Address: Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
WORKING GROUP - A Healthy Start: The First Thousand Days
The first thousand days, from conception to age two, are critical to a child’s development. Scientific evidence shows that during this time the foundations for lifelong health are set. Furthermore, the impact of poor health and nutrition in early life has intergenerational consequences, including the widening of social and economic inequality. This working group will focus on maternal and child health to ensure that both mother and child are equipped with the necessary foundations for health at the beginning of life.
Liana Ghent, Executive Director, International Step by Step Association
Joan Lombardi, Senior Advisor, Bernard Van Leer Foundation
Rajesh Panjabi, Co-Founder and CEO, Last Mile Health
Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar
WORKING GROUP - Countering Identity Politics, Nurturing Pluralism in Africa
The African continent has not been immune from the stresses associated with change. South Africa, so long the world’s model for national reconciliation, has been buffeted by some of the same trends and seen the rise of xenophobic violence and the mistreatment of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. In Rwanda, where Paul Kagame led the country from genocide to peace, healing divides, restrictions on freedom of speech and political space remain, impeding the emergence of a robust civil society. These are reminders that transitions are fragile, tenuous and lengthy. Progress toward pluralism, no matter how remarkable, rarely follows a straight line. Far graver conditions persist in localities like Sudan, Somalia and Uganda, where less legitimate leaders and abusive security agencies operate with impunity. This working group will focus on the efforts of local and global civil society actors who are working to protect individual rights and rebuild community in societies under stress.
Daniel Bekele, Senior Director for Africa Advocacy, Human Rights Watch
Andrew Hudson, Executive Director, Crisis Action
Dele Olojede, Founder, Timbuktu Media (moderator)
David Tolbert, President, International Center on Transitional Justice
WORKING GROUP - What Works: Lessons from Philanthropies of the Global South
As private wealth is created in high-growth economies in the Global South, a growing number of HNWI are choosing to put their private resources to the service of the public good. Family and corporate foundations are being formed, partnerships forged and initiatives launched in Asia, Latin America and Africa, where the Global Philanthropy Forum’s fastest-growing affiliates have formed. Like GPF members in North America and Europe, these philanthropists form networks to learn from each other and offer insights into the communities and societies they know well. This working group offers an opportunity to learn directly from them; to hear about new research on trends in philanthropy in China, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa and the Gulf States; and to understand why we at GPF share the conviction that the next wave of philanthropic innovation will come from the Global South.
Jeri Eckhart Queenan, Partner and Head, Global Development, The Bridgespan Group
Paula Fabiani, Executive Director, Instituto para o Desenvolvimento do Investimento Social (IDIS)
Barbara Gonzalez, CEO, Mo Dewji Foundation
Mosun Layode, Director, African Philanthropy Forum
Felipe Medina, Chairman, Transforming Philanthropy Initiative
Simi Nwogugu, Executive Director, Junior Achievement Nigeria (moderator)
WORKING GROUP - Turkey Under Stress: Political Pluralism and Identity Politics in the Post-Sykes-Picot World
While Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party had sought to present itself as a champion of a more pluralistic, democratic and modern society, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s response to last summer’s abortive coup belied that claim. The Turkish government has shrunk the civic space, cracking down on the media, political opposition groups and other dissenting voices. The extension of Turkey’s state of emergency has given President Erdogan expanded powers to enact laws that suspend citizens’ rights. At the same time, the conflict between Turkish security forces and the armed Kurdistan Workers Party has led to human rights violations. And 2.2 million Syrian refugees create their own pressures as Turkey seeks to restrict their numbers. What role can global and Turkish civil society play in this increasingly restrictive environment? Are there opportunities for philanthropy to make a difference?
Sedef Cakmak, City Council Member of Besiktas Municipality, Turkey
Sercan Çelebi, Founder, Vote and Beyond
Aykan Erdemir, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Edmund Cain, Vice President, Grant Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (moderator)
Break and Networking
Reception: sponsored by Charities Aid Foundation
Citizen Power, Waging Peace
As we explore how trust is restored in fragmented societies, we will delve deeper into the role that individual citizen leaders play in preventing or ending violent conflict, and rebuilding societal trust in the process. While ceasefires can be negotiated by governments, peace-building is rarely imposed from above. Instead, courageous and capable citizen leaders exercise their power and leverage their own authority to advance a sustainable peace. Our moderator will facilitate a conversation among several such extraordinary leaders.
Nicola Benyahia, Founder and Counselor, Families for Life
Alaa Murabit, SDG Global Advocate and High-Level Commissioner, The United Nations
Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-Founder and Executive Director, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
Adele Simmons, President, Global Philanthropy Partnership
Wednesday, April 19
Risk in Philanthropy: Practical Strategies to Keep Impact on Track!
In this working session, we will be discussing best practices to consider in managing risks that affect results. Going beyond traditional ‘compliance,’ this session will look at “risks to impact” and how Foundations can implement risk management strategies across their departments to both insure and ensure that they and their grantees actually achieve the impact they seek.
Join Ellen Taus, CFO of The Rockefeller Foundation, Tomer Inbar of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, and Laurie Michaels, Founder of Open Road Alliance, for a practical discussion of risk, impact and what we can do about it. Topics covered will include contingency budgeting, addressing risk with your Board and how to incorporate risk assessments into the application process.
Tomer Inbar, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Laurie Michaels, Founder, Open Road Alliance
Ellen Taus, Treasurer and CFO, The Rockefeller Foundation
Maya Winkelstein, Executive Director, Open Road Alliance (moderator)
Lessons from the Front Lines: How True Impact is Realized
Hear first-hand from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation team and their social entrepreneurs how to create real impact across the globe. Join an intimate conversation with DRK’s most impactful social entrepreneurs who are addressing some of society’s most complex issues from immigration to human rights around the globe. Facilitated by Jim Bildner, CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.
Jim Bildner, CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (moderator)
Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Founder and Executive Director, Accountability Counsel
Sherry Lachman, Founder and Executive Director, Foster America
David Lubell, Founder and Executive Director, Welcoming America
Charles Sennott, Founder and Executive Director, The GroundTruth Project
Lindsay Stradley, Co-Founder, Sanergy
WORKING GROUP - Teaching Trust: The Importance of Early Childhood Education
A child’s earliest years form the best window for a bright future. Early childhood education has social, health and economic benefits that reduce risks of school dropouts, incarceration and unemployment. Once the foundations for learning are laid, a person’s capacity to absorb and apply new information, to adapt to differing circumstances and to develop new skills is made possible. Only then can the child prepare for the world, and the economy, that await. Moreover, primary schools continue to provide a place of safety and the environment for psycho-social development. In emergent and fragile contexts, educational programs can build resilience in children and families and create an entry point for peace-building in communities.
Ashish Karamchandani, Managing Director, FSG
Maniza Ntekim, Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundations Early Childhood Program
Leslee Udwin, Founder and CEO, Think Equal
Ross Wiener, Vice President and Executive Director, Education & Society Programs, Aspen Institute
WORKING GROUP - Nurturing Pluralism, Countering Identity Politics in the US, Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Despite its long tradition of pluralism, American politics have now revealed underlying divisions and resentments along ethnic, racial, educational and economic lines. Similarly, nationalist and populist movements have grown in Europe, exacerbated by the pressures of inward migration; a pattern of division and suspicion is mirrored in France, Germany and the Netherlands. Long considered the originators and protectors of pluralism and liberal democracy, the West is now splitting along ideological lines, while political aspirants pledge to close the borders to “outsiders.” More menacingly, Russia is again asserting its influence over the former Soviet territories, silencing dissent and closing the civic space. How can we, as citizens of liberal democracies, preserve democratic principles, and the embrace of pluralism those principles imply? What is the unique role of civil society, including an independent media?
Abdalaziz Alhamza, Co-Founder, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently
Rachel Denber, Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch
Joe Goldman, President, Democracy Fund
Nataliya Gumenyuk, Head, Hromadske TV
WORKING GROUP - Transparency and Accountability: Shining the Spotlight on Corruption
Transparency and accountability are hallmarks of liberal democracy. They are the sources of a government’s legitimacy, and, as a consequence, its efficacy. The trust that results allows for a social compact to exist between the citizens and the state. This working group will focus on the challenges posed by official corruption and the role of citizens and citizen groups in ferreting out such misconduct and holding their governments to account. Participants will describe the ways in which civil society organizations and leaders are shining a light on the actions of government officials, assuring that all citizens are served and building a healthy relationship between the government and the governed.
Mark Hays, Anti-Money Laundering Campaign Leader, Global Witness
Sheldon Himelfarb, CEO and President, PeaceTech Lab
Vivek Maru, Founder and CEO, Namati
Sanjay Pradhan, CEO, Open Government Partnership
Tina Rosenberg, Co-Founder, Solutions Journalism Network
WORKING GROUP - Getting Stuff Done: Making Big Bets vs. Building a Field
Philanthropists have the rare ability to place “big bets” when it comes to investing in solutions to intractable problems, providing the space for creativity and innovation. At the same time, when working to restore social trust and societal cohesion, an equally important philanthropic strategy is to use smaller grants to seed or build a field, supporting a widely distributed group of community organizations and civil society groups working in the same locality or on the same issue. Finally, some philanthropists choose to be cause-agnostic and instead encourage an entrepreneurial mindset, and a disruptive approach, by funding great leaders with smart ideas and the drive to see them through. In this working group, individual donors, foundation officers and other experts will consider which approach to take, and under what circumstances, to yield the best results.
Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Molly Kinder, Professor of Practice and Director, Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation
Rachel Korberg, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation
Nicholas Tedesco, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, The Philanthropy Centre at J.P. Morgan
Special Address: Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States
Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States
Trust, Justice and the Conflict Continuum
If pluralism is essential to free and functioning societies, it is also the sine qua non of liberal democracy, and essential to the legitimacy – and sustainability – of the state. But when states fail to meet the needs of their citizens and collapse into violent conflict, what is the role of the international community and global civil society? Where does responsibility lie? We will explore interventions along the conflict continuum as well as global norms that assign responsibility. Will citizens trust their government, if access to health, education, jobs and even justice is uneven? And when governance fails, how can human security be assured? This conversation will focus on governments and the governed, with particular attention to access to justice and examples of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconciliation. Throughout, the role of race, gender, religious affiliation and ethnicity will be explored.
Robert Malley, incoming Vice President for Policy, International Crisis Group (moderator)
David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
John Prendergast, Founding Director, Enough Project
Yifat Susskind, Executive Director, MADRE
David Tolbert, President, International Center for Transitional Justice
Robin Wright, Senior Fellow, The US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center
Special Address: Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation
Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation
Philanthropy, Legitimacy and Voice: Here and Abroad
As decision-making and authority are decentralized and new expectations of transparency and accountability take hold, the roles of institutions and their leaders are changing. What are the implications for philanthropy? What is the source of a foundation’s legitimacy, and how might it preserve its capacity to confer legitimacy on its grantees? Some argue that philanthropies build trust through modeling a values-based approach and commitment to knowledge-sharing. Others argue that trust flows from philanthropies’ capacity to “get stuff done.” And, finally, some note that by demonstrating collaborative problem-solving across sectors, disciplines and even ideologies, philanthropy can take it a step further. It can help to restore trust in our unique form of self-governance in which the public, private and citizen sectors each have a role to play. In living their values and striving for results, philanthropies have pursued multiple models – ranging from big bets to small grants widely distributed. But perhaps most interesting, some have experimented with new, more open methods of sourcing great leaders with game-changing ideas, on the assumption that – in this fast-changing world – the best innovations may come from unexpected places in unanticipated ways.
Exercising Voice; Putting Families and Children First
Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Sourcing Great Leaders; Casting a Wide Net
Julia Stasch, President, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
In conversation with Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Practice of Resilience: Lessons from the Field
Zia Khan, Vice President, Initiatives and Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation
WORKING GROUP - Rebuilding Trust: Managing the Effects of Toxic Stress
Children in traumatic and adverse environments, who have endured violent conflict, are displaced from their homes, or who live in poverty, are the most vulnerable to the effects of toxic stress, which can increase the risk of cognitive and physical impairment into adult years. These children are frequently exposed to factors such as (but not limited to) resource scarcity, migration, parental absence, social isolation weakening their capacity to trust, and to thrive.
Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
Randa Grob-Zakhary, Global Head of Education, Porticus (moderator)
Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Karen Spencer, Founder and Chairman, Whole Child International
Sherrie Rollins Westin, Executive Vice President for Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop
WORKING GROUP - The Outlook on Outcomes: Reorienting the Donor/Grantee Relationship Around Results
Donors and grantees aspire to achieve long-term and sustained positive impact for the clients and communities they serve. But that’s not how most funding is set up. Instead, the system is oriented around funding activities and outputs, rather than the results donors and grantees ultimately seek. Reorienting the system around outcomes and results can radically improve how effectively social challenges are addressed, but requires a new social contract between donors and grantees. In this session, meet three nonprofit leaders who have transformed their organizations to focus around outcomes. They will share practical insights about how this approach has enabled them to build new levels of trust with their donors and to establish the capabilities, culture and systems required from all sides to pull off this approach. This session will also preview a national knowledge campaign on outcomes orientation that Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will launch this summer.
Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEO, Roca
Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund (moderator)
Mariana Costa Checa, Co-Founder and CEO, Laboratoria
Sam Schaeffer, Executive Director and CEO, Center for Employment Opportunities
WORKING GROUP - Making Peace; Healing the Divides: The Case of Colombia
The Colombian experience in forging peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) – first rejected, then accepted by the public – offers important lessons on how difficult it is to overcome years of distrust and embrace a former enemy for the good of the whole. Now that former FARC guerrillas are demobilizing and returning home, how can they be reintegrated into Colombian society and reconciliation be achieved? Can Colombians achieve both justice and peace? This working group will draw on the experiences of former Colombian government officials, philanthropic leaders and citizen activists and will focus on the role of social organizations in reuniting Colombian society, drawing lessons for citizens seeking to sustain peace in other localities.
Fernando Cortes, Executive Director, Fundación Bolívar Davivienda
Alejandro Eder, Executive Director, FDI Pacífico
Felipe Medina, Chairman, Transforming Philanthropy Initiative (moderator)
Laura Ulloa, Advocate and Activist
WORKING GROUP - Islamophobia: Turning Our Backs on Refugees
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are now more than 21 million refugees among the 65 million migrants in the world, many of whom are from Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. President Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending the admission of migrants from six Muslim-majority countries, and placing an indefinite hold on acceptance of Syrian refugees, reflects growing public fears of Muslims, especially those who are foreign-born. This working group will examine how philanthropy and civil society can help address Islamophobia and, in particular, reopen our hearts and our borders to refugees escaping violent conflict, persecution or natural disaster.
Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy, US Relations with the Islamic World, Brookings Institution
Maha Hilal, Content Manager, Islamic Scholarship Fund
Jacinta Ma, Director of Policy and Advocacy, National Immigration Forum
Reception – sponsored by the McNulty Foundation
Dinner – sponsored by the McNulty Foundation
Advancing Trust: Secretary Madeleine Albright in conversation with McNulty Prize Laureates
What happens when successful professionals step up to tackle the world’s most intractable challenges? Former Secretary of State and McNulty Prize Jury Chair Madeleine K. Albright will join Jane Wales in leading a conversation with McNulty Prize laureates who are bringing their entrepreneurial skills, spirit and resources to bear on the critical challenges of our time. Hear their stories of struggle, determination and success, and dialogue on what it takes to build trust in communities around the globe.
Lana Abu-Hijleh, Country Director, Global Communities Palestine
Jordan Kassalow, Founder, VisionSpring
Dele Olojede, Founder, Timbuktu Media
In conversation with Madeleine Albright, Chairman, Albright Stonebridge Group and former United States Secretary of State
Thursday, April 20
Breakfast Buffet & Table Talks
A conference attendee leads each conversation, facilitates networking and encourages targeted knowledge-sharing. Please see list of topics at the end of the agenda section of the program or refer to the conference app.
“Is It Nuts to Give Money to the Poor?” Beyond the Headlines
Join an open conversation with GiveDirectly co-founder, Michael Faye and Field Director, Caroline Teti on the evolution of cash transfers in emerging markets and the lives of the more than 1B who now receive them. We’ll also go behind the scenes of GiveDirectly's landmark universal basic income project - soon to reach over 25,000 individuals across 200 villages - sharing operational and research insights from one of the largest social experiments ever undertaken. Facilitated by Vox journalist Dylan Matthews, who has written extensively on effective altruism and universal basic income.
Michael Faye, Co-Founder, GiveDirectly; Co-Founder, Segovia Technology
Dylan Matthews, Journalist, Vox (facilitator)
Caroline Teti, Field Director, GiveDirectly
Race, Justice and Legitimacy in America
Equal access to justice and equal protection under the law are critical elements of our liberal democracy. Yet, in practice, in the US young men of color are more likely than their white counterparts to be picked up for, locked up for, and prosecuted for suspected criminal offenses. If they cannot gain pre-trial release, these young men remain in jail while awaiting prosecution. The jury is more likely to find these men guilty, and the prosecutor is more likely to ask for a stiff sentence, which the judge is more likely to impose. Once incarcerated, these young men may not be protected from mental and physical harm. Once released, they can be denied housing, jobs, credit and even the ability to vote. Their families will have been impoverished by the costs associated with trials, imprisonment and lost earning capacity. This pattern of bias – whether unconscious or not – has served to delegitimize our system of justice in the eyes of a growing number of Americans. Can philanthropy and civil society advance the reforms needed for our justice system to regain the trust of all Americans? Can we realize the vital goal of equal justice for all?
Adam Foss, President, Prosecutor Impact
Carroll Bogert, President, The Marshall Project
Adam Foss, President, Prosecutor Impact (moderator)
Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President, JustLeadershipUSA
Trust, Identity Politics and the Media
Essential to a free and functioning democracy is an independent press, a crucial civil society actor that holds government to account and provides citizens access to the impartial information they need to make informed judgments, reason together, exercise their rights and responsibilities, and engage in collective action. In times of crisis, the media fulfills the vital role of alerting the public to danger and connecting citizens to rescue efforts, as Ushahidi has done in Kenya. Or, it can alert the international community to human rights abuses as does Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. But, the very capabilities that allow the media to alert and inform, also allow it to sow division – as it did in Rwanda leading up to and during the genocide-- by spreading untruths, and, through “dog whistles,” targeting ethnic groups and inciting violence against them. This panel will focus on two topics: the role of media as a vehicle for advancing or undermining social cohesion, and the use of media to innovate, organize and deepen understanding, enabling positive collective action.
Abdalaziz Alhamza, Co-Founder, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently
Uzodinma Iweala, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Ventures Africa; Author, Beasts of No Nation; Producer, Waiting for Hassana (moderator)
Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO, Change.org
Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, Google
Special Address: HRH Princess Lamia Al Saud, Secretary General, Alwaleed Philanthropies
HRH Princess Lamia Al Saud, Secretary General, Alwaleed Philanthropies
In conversation with Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
Introduction: Peter Robertson, Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Affairs