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Accelerating Pathways Research Finds Cities Can Do More to Enable Youth Economic Progress

Citi-commissioned EIU Research Provides First of its Kind Index Comparing Efforts of 35 Cities to Contribute to Young People’s Economic Prospects and Surveys over 5,000 Youth about their Ambitions

New York, NY – November 23, 2015 – A new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research initiative, commissioned by the Citi Foundation, reveals that youth – while optimistic and entrepreneurial – struggle to find employment, access to technology, pay equity and support networks that can help them thrive in cities around the globe. Accelerating Pathways offers a comparative snapshot of youth perceptions of their economic prospects in 35 cities around the world and identifies which factors contribute most to an enabling economic environment for young people. The research also includes an interactive tool that can be leveraged by policy, business and civic leaders.

The research was conducted to help inform the efforts of public and private initiatives focused on preparing urban youth to thrive in today’s economy. It is an extension of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, which works to help urban youth build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills and begin to engage in the formal economy through a first job. The EIU’s Accelerating Pathways research will inform future investments and help to further develop Citi Foundation programming.

“As the world becomes more urban, global and digital, city leaders have an opportunity to develop new ways to catalyze economic growth and foster a better quality of life for all their citizens,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “Investing in youth is critical to ensuring the economic resiliency and long term competitiveness of cities, but is often overlooked. We hope this research strengthens and guides the discussion about programs and policies that can best support young people’s contribution to sustainable cities now and in the future.”

“Young people’s economic vitality and ambition are powerful growth engines for the world’s cities,” said Leo Abruzzese, Global Director of Public Policy at The Economist Intelligence Unit. “Cities are set to hold 60 percent of the entire population by 2030, just as the number of youth increases by 100 million globally. Now more than ever, cities must prioritize this growing population segment.”

To encourage youth-centered policies and identify best practices, the research ranks the 35 cities on their environments for young people. This research provides a comparative snapshot of cities’ approaches, and is intended to share learnings and identify clear opportunities for growth as well as areas for development. Toronto finishes first in the Index; New York is in second place, ranking first in the United States; and Chicago finishes third in the overall Index, scoring among the top five across all four categories assessed. Three Asian cities – Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney – finish in the top ten, reflecting the importance these cities attach to engaging the next generation. Washington DC scores among the top cities studied with regard to the presence and effectiveness of youth networks, while London ranks most highly for its local government support and institutional framework for youth.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said: “Toronto is proud to be ranked as the best city in the world for providing economic opportunities for young people. As Mayor, a key priority for me is continuing to attract young talent because I believe it is critical to ensuring Toronto can compete and grow our economy. We understand the key to building a fair and prosperous city includes connecting young people to jobs.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said: “We are committed to working with young people to support their college and career development, and we are proud to be recognized as the top city in the US when it comes to youth economic empowerment. The results from The Economist Intelligence Unit study are an affirmation of our new Center for Youth Employment’s strategy to enable support and opportunities for our young people. We are grateful to the Citi Foundation for making the study possible and for its long-standing commitment to creating equal opportunities in our communities.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago said: “We are proud to be ranked as one of the leading cities for youth economic opportunities in the United States. The study is an important reminder of the complex challenges young people face, and the multi-faceted solutions cities around the world are embracing.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC said: “Here in the District, we are focused on giving our youngest residents a pathway to the middle class. We appreciate the Citi Foundation’s support as we continue to identify ways to help our youth achieve their full potential. As the survey results demonstrate, DC has strong networks that provide information, resources and training to our young people.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles said: “We are always looking for innovative ways to help our young people achieve their dreams. The Economist Intelligence Unit study will greatly contribute to the conversation about how to better secure the economic future of our city by harnessing the power of our youth.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: “Whether it is delivering apprenticeships or helping young Londoners to devise exciting new business ideas thorough schemes like the Low Carbon Entrepreneur Awards, this valuable research shines a light on the vast array of work that we are doing to ensure our young people are best able to take advantage of London’s economic growth.”

Lucy Hughes Turnbull, AO, Chair of the Committee for Sydney, said: “I am pleased to see Sydney in the top 10, and am particularly heartened to see the city ranked first for quality of education and employment opportunities for youth, acknowledging efforts to support education and youth employment programs. This research provides us with powerful data about the ambitions of young people in our city and offers insights into the economic outlook of our city’s future decision-makers and leaders. It also provides important learnings from other global cities around the world that we can use to inform our efforts going forward.”

Luis Cueto, Madrid Deputy Mayor, said: “In Madrid we want youth to personally and professionally thrive and succeed so that they will want to continue to work in Madrid and serve as a source of economic growth. Accelerating Pathways is an interesting report that demonstrates that Madrid is within the leading group of major cities in the world in terms of public support for youth and entrepreneurship.”

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, the Mayor of Warsaw, said: “This research will help with our efforts to support young entrepreneurs by giving them the best possible base to pursue their career in their own company. Warsaw is emerging as the regional leader in Central Europe, a big advantage of which is a broad academic base providing well-trained and well-educated young employees. We support entrepreneurship through partnerships with the Warsaw’s Centre of Entrepreneurship Smolna (Centrum Przedsiębiorczości Smolna).”

Accelerating Pathways: Youth Economic Strategy Index and Global Youth Survey

The Index scored 35 cities on 31 indicators that contribute to young people’s economic prospects – from city GDP growth and local government policies to levels of youth engagement, education, employment and health. These indicators are scored individually and the results are aggregated into four Index categories: Government Support and Institutional Framework for Youth; Employment and Entrepreneurship; Education and Training; and Human and Social Capital. The study found that while a city’s economic standing is the most significant contributor to whether a city ranks high in terms of having created an economically vibrant environment for youth, well thought out policy and programs can improve the economic possibilities for youth regardless of the underlying economic situation of the city.

The youth survey conducted by The EIU polled more than 5,000 young people ages 18-25 on their living and financial arrangements, education, employment and professional aspirations, the level of their engagement in their communities and their economic outlook. The survey exposes the optimism and aspiration of youth, but also the reality of continued dependence on family support and the frequent need to relocate in search of social and economic opportunities. The survey asks young people directly what works for them, providing a unique new data set for researchers.

Key survey findings include:

  • Three-quarters of surveyed youth are somewhat or very optimistic about the future. Optimism remains high in cities where their prospects have been limited and despite the fact that current global unemployment levels among youth is roughly 3.4 times higher than it is for the rest of society.[1]
  • Young people are ready to build businesses. 77% of global survey respondents expressed an interest in working for themselves or starting their own business.
  • There is high mobility of young people to and within urban areas, and connection with mentors, jobs and new opportunities is fundamental to their ability to boost their economic standing. Nine out of ten respondents who moved over the prior five years to a city within their own country did so for employment, education or for a better life, according to the survey. Almost half (47%) of youth polled said they moved to a city within the last five years.
  • In terms of education, computer and technology skills are cited as the most desired by 62% of employed youth surveyed.
  • The gender pay gap is prevalent among youth. Young women earn at least 20% less than men across the cities surveyed.

Explore the interactive Index tool, report and video series of young people around the globe at Friend Citi on Facebook and follow @Citi and use the hashtag #Pathways2Progress on Twitter to view the videos and join in the discussion with those interested in youth empowerment.

DNV GL Conducts Largest Ever Controlled Release Of Co2 From An Underwater Pipeline

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines, DNV GL is conducting the oil and gas industry’s largest ever controlled release of carbon dioxide from an underwater pipeline at its full-scale Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre, located in Cumbria, UK.

The planned underwater release, scheduled to start in January, is part of an international Joint Industry Project (JIP) ‘Sub-C-O2’ to develop safety guidelines on the use of offshore CO2 pipelines. Companies participating in the JIP are Norway’s Gassnova, Brazil’s Petrobras, the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, the UK’s National Grid and DNV GL. Italy’s ENI is expected to join the JIP in early 2016.

This is the second experimental phase which will run for three months and will involve releases in a 40-metre diameter, 12-metre deep pond at the Spadeadam Testing and Research Centre, which is located in Cumbria, UK.

“This is the largest experimental investigation to date of underwater CO2 releases which will study the effects of depth on measured and observed parameters,“ said Gary Tomlin, VP Safety and Risk, with DNV GL at Spadeadam. “The testing is designed around what is already known about underwater natural gas (methane) leaks and the possible occurrence of CO2 hydrates collecting on pipework. By using high-speed, underwater cameras and other measurement techniques, we can examine the configuration and characteristics of the released gas. It will allow us to see whether it reaches the surface and analyse what happens.”

The installation of offshore CO2 pipelines linked to depleted subsea gas reservoirs is a possible solution to mitigate CO2 emissions from power plants and large industrial sources. The transportation of CO2 through offshore pipelines may also increase due to enhanced oil recovery programmes.

The first phase of experiments are currently underway at Spadeadam and involves small-scale, controlled CO2 releases from a three inch nominal bore pipeline in a 8.5 metre diameter, three metre deep water tank and are expected to be completed by December.

Spadeadam is one of a network of 18 laboratories and testing centres operated by DNV GL on three continents. The facility provides companies with the rare opportunity to undertake full-scale fire, explosion and release experiments, to demonstrate whether equipment and components are fit for purpose, to test new products, techniques or processes, and to provide data to validate computer models. DNV GL are opening a new major hazard training and conference facility at the site in April 2016.

“Developing best practice guidance through this ground breaking project will help the CCUS industry establish itself as it begins the rollout of vital carbon abatement technology,” said Hari Vamadevan, regional manager, UK and Sub Saharan Africa, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. “Spadeadam puts theory and desktop modelling to the test to prove the limits, capabilities and behaviours of both small and large scale operations in real-world situations. The data gathered from this large-scale experimental programme will enable adjustments to be made to computer modelling of CO2 dispersion. Even larger-scale, controlled testing in the natural environment may subsequently take place.”

Experimental findings are shared periodically with JIP participants so that next steps can be refined. CO2 testing at Spadeadam will conclude by June 2016.

Miami Children’s Health Foundation Raises Record-Breaking $42,040 For The Children At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital During ‘Give Miami Day’

MIAMI – (November 20, 2015) – In 24 hours, Miami Children’s Health Foundation raised a record-breaking $42,040 during The Miami Foundation’s 4th annual ‘Give Miami Day.” The funds raised through the initiative will benefit the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Give Miami Day is a unique, 24-hour online giving event that allows individuals in the community an opportunity to build a greater Miami by making a charitable gift to a local nonprofit by visiting their dedicated website

“We are very grateful for the overwhelming support we received on ‘Give Miami Day,’” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “Every donation is a testament to the extraordinary miracles that take place each day at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.”

In total, ‘Give Miami Day’ raised more than $7 million. It is the biggest event of the year that takes place solely online, with thousands of people donating to more than 600 local nonprofits. The funds raised for Miami Children’s Health Foundation will be used to continue to drive discovery, advance the boundaries of medical knowledge, and enhance the way Nicklaus Children’s delivers care.

For more information on Miami Children’s Health Foundation, please visit

Islamic Relief USA and New York Muslims to Serve Neighbors in Need on ‘Day of Dignity’ this weekend

ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 18, 2015 – Islamic Relief USA and New York Muslims to Serve Neighbors in Need on ‘Day of Dignity’ this weekend on Saturday, November 21st.

Islamic Relief USA has partnered with local organizations across the United States for over a decade to host the annual Day of Dignity event. Day of Dignity creates an opportunity for caring individuals from diverse communities to provide services to their neighbors in need. Food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene kits are just some of the items distributed during Day of Dignity events. And, often, free medical care, screenings and even barber services are provided. It’s a day to come together and work together for a better world. The food and services are available to anyone in need, regardless of faith.

Event Details:


In partnership with the Muslims Women’s Institute for Research and Development (MWIRD) at the:

Mullaly Recreation Center
1020 Jerome Avenue (between 164th St and 165th St)
Bronx, NY 10452

Time: 11/21 from 10:30am – 4pm

“Islam teaches that we should not eat while our neighbor is hungry,” according to Islamic Relief USA. “Our annual Day of Dignity brings communities together to care for our neighbors. We are issuing a call to organizations around the country to find new, long-lasting ways to give back to our communities.”

NobleHour Announces $1,000,000 Grant Competition To Foster Volunteerism

100+ NobleCause Community Improvement Grants Will Recognize Good Works of High Schools, School Districts, Higher Ed Institutions, and Non-Profits

PORTLAND, OR (October 2015) – They say you can’t put a price on giving back. But for the past 10 years, NobleHour has been doing just that – promoting civic engagement and quantifying social and economic impact. Now, the leading community engagement platform is launching a $1,000,000 grant competition to help educational institutions and non-profit organizations continue to pay it forward.

Beginning October 23, high schools, school districts, higher education institutions, and non-profits throughout the nation are invited to enter a ‘NobleCause’ grant competition by identifying and addressing a local challenge that would benefit from community support, and taking action to recruit, mobilize, and enrich the social responsibility of volunteers.

“We want to honor schools and non-profits around the country that are doing more for good measure – those organizations actively bridging social entrepreneurship and service learning, and demonstrating a commitment to their local community,” said Wesley Barnett, managing partner for NobleHour. “By nurturing these innovative and collaborative acts of goodness, our hope is to inspire greater civic-mindedness and foster a growing culture of volunteerism.”

The route to reward is iterative: shape well-rounded students and service leaders, build better communities, and measure your collective impact. The NobleCause competition will award 104 organizations with $6,500 grants, while six exemplary organizations – having demonstrated a remarkable ability to raise community awareness and cultivate civic leaders who take action – will be recognized with $50,000 grants.

NobleCause is made possible by the Barney and Carol J. Barnett Fund and organized by NobleHour, an online platform dedicated to making volunteerism more impactful. For a decade, NobleHour has been connecting and equipping thousands of communities, schools, non-profit agencies, and organizations to chart meaningful, measurable acts of goodness. To date, more than four million volunteer hours have been logged via NobleHour, totaling an economic impact of more than $110,000,000.

“Schools and community-minded organizations across the country are making a real difference where they live, work, and study,” said Scott Fore, founding partner of NobleHour. “NobleCause grants are designed to recognize those efforts, and really inspire groups to keep meeting and exceeding the norms of volunteerism.”

The NobleCause application portal opens October 23, 2015 at Funding is available to organizations only, specifically: high schools, school districts, higher education institutions, and registered 501(c)3 organizations in the United States. There are no organization size parameters, and applying organizations need not be registered NobleHour users. Review the NobleCause FAQ here.

Completed grant applications and associated documents are due by 5:00pm PST on December 5, 2015, and award winners will be notified in March 2016. The grant is a one-time opportunity, and funding is not committed for more than one year.

For more information on NobleCause, visit To learn more about NobleHour’s online community engagement platforms and assess your ‘Noble Impact,’ visit

J.C. Lee Donates 100,000 Digital Copies of Her New E-book To Support Annual Toy Drive

LOS ANGELES, CA – Friday, November 20, 2015 – Announced today, the “It’s All About Love” Toys For Tots online campaign at to raise monetary contributions to support the annual toy drive has launched.

As a thank you gift, those donating $10.00 will receive a digital copy of J.C. Lee’s ebook “It’s All About Love – The Stan Lee Family,” a family photo album featuring never before seen home photographs.

“We’re excited to participate in this wonderful campaign to support our Toys for Tots program,” said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, Vice President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “While we receive many new, unwrapped toys for deserving youngsters, monetary contributions supplement our efforts and help support our program. It also helps us provide additional gifts for those ‘hard to buy for’ teens and pre-teens. We are very grateful to J.C. and Stan Lee for their generosity and support of our 2015 campaign,” he added.

Since its founding in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program has collected over 494 million toys fulfilling the Christmas dreams of over 230 million less fortunate children. It has been supported by numerous celebrities including First Lady Michelle Obama.

“100% of the net proceeds raised from the online campaign will be used to support the Toys For Tots program,” said Alain Nguyen, “It’s All About Love” campaign chairman. “We would like to raise $1 million and are reaching out to the comic book community and general public for their participation.”

“Contributing online is simple and easy and great way to assist the Marine Corps Reserve in helping families give their children a memorable holiday,” Grein said.


The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the Christmas holiday season. By providing less fortunate children with a shiny new toy, we deliver a message of hope that will help them become responsible, productive, and caring citizens. National corporate partners/sponsors include Hasbro, Toys “R” Us, Babies R Us, Build-A-Bear, The UPS Store, The Disney Company and Macy’s.

Hope For Victims of Brain Injury And PTSD is Right In Front of Us

By Arnold Fisher

Every American knows that our greatest national debt is not to holders of our government bonds but to those who have faced fire on freedom’s front – members and veterans of our military. On Veterans’ Day last week the nation honored the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made over the centuries to preserve our freedoms. Both in history and today those sacrifices include living with the wounds of combat, wounds like lost limbs that all can see and others locked inside the injured patriot’s head.

Since 2001, more than 320,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, Marines and Coast Guard have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress (PTS). In the past these conditions were considered a mystery. In some cases a bewildered military ignored those who suffered or even accused them of misconduct.

A recent NPR story highlighted this problem in the military’s response to the so-called invisible wounds of war and has led to calls for investigation from U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Meanwhile, unknown to many even in our armed forces, the alliance of a private foundation and military medicine has produced breakthroughs that are transforming our understanding of what these conditions mean to our service members. At three special TBI-dedicated Intrepid Spirit Centers (ISCs) on as many military bases, TBI and PTS have been found to be highly responsive to treatment.

Built by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), operated by military medicine, and deploying protocols developed in the past decade by an IFHF-instigated civilian-military alliance, these ISCs have treated more than 3,000 military patients in the three years since the first of them opened.

They have recorded an amazing 90 percent-plus success rate in returning their patients to family and career (i.e. certified on brain issues for fully active duty including combat).

The centers take a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. Patients meet with an entire team of doctors and experts from numerous disciplines. Together team and patient develop a customized treatment program that includes traditional medicine, neuroimaging and psychology, but also may incorporate such new age disciplines as acupuncture, yoga, and art therapy. Soldiers are closely monitored throughout the typically four-month program and their families are involved every step of the way.

At over 90 percent success, the centers boast results comparable in magnitude to the introduction of penicillin during World War II and “Golden Hour” battlefield treatment in Vietnam. Some estimate that they are 6-8 years ahead of the rest of the world in the diagnosis and treatment of TBI. They are also beginning to apply their protocols to treatment of neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, strokes, autism, and MS, with promising early indications.

The currently operating ISCs are at Forts Belvoir (Va.) and Campbell (Ky.) and Camp Lejeune (N.C.). Two new centers will open in early 2016 at Forts Bragg (N.C.) and Hood (Texas). For 2017 four more are planned. Last month, the IFHF broke ground on the first of these at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. Fundraising is underway both for that facility and additional ones at Camp Pendleton (Calif.) and Forts Carson (Colo.) and Bliss (Texas). As increasing numbers pass through them, the expanding network of centers will share a common, electronically linked database. Assessment of treatment and response will become more refined and sophisticated. All that is learned will be pushed out throughout military medicine, veterans’ care, sports medicine, and the rest of civilian medicine.

For me, returning nine of 10 of the military’s TBI sufferers to active duty and a full life is not a matter of charity but honor. Of course members of Congress should shine a light on brain injury, but they should also make the successes that are being achieved known to a wider public. The treatment protocols of the Intrepid Spirit Centers are changing what TBI and PTS mean to our military heroes and all of us, forever.

Fisher is the honorary chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and senior partner of Fisher Brothers Corporation.

SRI Service Award Winner: Head Of Investment Fund For Low-Income South Africans Awarded SRI Industry’s Most Honored Designation

Responsible Investors and Investment Professionals Select Shared Interest Executive Director, Donna Katzin, as SRI Industry’s Most Influential Leader of 2015

NEW YORK, NY AND COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (November 19, 2015) – Donna Katzin, executive director of Shared Interest, is the recipient of the 2015 SRI Service Award, the SRI industry’s most vaunted award.

The SRI Service Award recognizes one individual each year who demonstrates a range of contributions to the Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investment field, including: industry leadership, significant innovations, high standards of ethical conduct, cooperation and communication, and success in expanding the influence of investing for a sustainable future.

The 620 investors and investment professionals who attended The SRI Conference had an opportunity to cast a ballot for the recipient of this prestigious award. Votes were counted and the award was presented at The SRI Conference by the 2014 SRI Service Award recipient, Barbara Krumsiek, former chair, president, and CEO of Calvert Investments.

SRI Conference Producer and First Affirmative Financial Network President Steve Schueth, said: “As founding Executive Director of Shared Interest, Donna Katzin was an excellent choice for the 2015 SRI Service Award. Having helped lead mission-driven investors to apply economic pressure to accelerate the peaceful end of apartheid, Katzin turned from disinvestment to reinvestment in 1994 when the new South Africa was born and Nelson Mandela was elected president. Through Shared Interest, she has built a vehicle for U.S. investors to forge international relationships with South Africa’s economically excluded entrepreneurs, farmers, and homeowners.”

Shared Interest provides loan guarantees and technical support, helping the country’s commercial lenders to make yesterday’s “unbankable” people today’s “ordinary business.” The SRI Service Award also recognizes the rapid growth of Katzin’s and Shared Interest’s work in South Africa, and its initial replication across its borders.

Katzin said: “This is an historic time for our work and for Southern Africa. In countries such as South Africa and Mozambique, we see lenders with whom we work beginning to appreciate that the vast majorities of their populations constitute a powerful potential market. During the past year alone, in partnership with the Thembani International Guarantee Fund, we have more than quadrupled our number of loan guarantees—without ever losing a cent of any investor’s interest or principal.”

Katzin has been a powerful voice in the social and impact investment communities—first as director of South Africa Programs for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and then as executive director of Shared Interest. Katzin has written extensively on South Africa and investing in its communities, and has been honored with the North Star Fund’s Frederick Douglass Award, and Face2Face Africa’s inaugural Ubuntu Award for extraordinary service to humanity. In 2014, she received the South African Embassy’s inaugural Siyabonga Friend of South Africa Award.

Read Donna Katzin’s full bio here.

About Shared Interest

Shared Interest ( is a leading non-profit investment fund that guarantees Southern African commercial loans to low-income communities of color. Founded in 1994 and headquartered in New York City, it has facilitated more than $21 million in guarantees that have leveraged $103 million in commercial loans to the region’s black population’s small enterprises, farms, and cooperatives. In the process it has benefited 2.3 million economically marginalized South and Southern Africans.

About The SRI Conference

The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing (formerly SRI in the Rockies,, is the premier annual gathering of investors and investment professionals working to direct the flow of investment capital for positive impact. The 26th annual SRI Conference was held November 3-5, 2015. Looking ahead, the 27th annual SRI Conference will be November 9-11, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

SXSW Interactive Announces 2016 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award Honorees

November 19, 2016 – Austin, Texas – South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive is proud to announce the 2016 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award Honorees. Dewey Winburne was a teacher and one of the original co-founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival. In his lifetime, he worked to train at-risk youth in emerging digital technology. Dewey believed that the new media revolution could help level the playing field between the haves and the have-nots in our society. Although Dewey passed away in 1999, his legacy continues via the lives of the many digital creatives he inspired.

Each spring, SXSW Interactive celebrates the spirit of community that is unique to Austin with the Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards. Ten recipients are recognized for their use of digital technology to help others. Admission to the Dewey Awards is free – you do not need to have a SXSW badge to honor these amazing leaders from around the world. Join us on Sunday, March 13 from 7-9pm in Meeting Rooms 201/202 at the JW Marriott to hear the stories of our honorees in person.

Curious about how we select these honorees? We accepted applications for Dewey nominees from the public this summer and an Austin-based committee reviewed all nominees with an eye to the qualities of community, compassion, care, education and positive energy that Dewey brought to his tenure at SXSW.

The 2016 Dewey Winburne Community Service Honorees are:

Kara Andrade (Austin, TX), a PhD student, researcher, journalist and entrepreneur who focuses on Latin America, media and technology. Andrade founded, a network of regional citizen information websites in Latin America. Contributors share and discuss information in various languages, including local indigenous languages. Built on mobile phone networks and Internet “hub” sites, Andrade’s HablaCentro model has rapidly spread, as grassroots demand for reliable sources of information surges. Andrade has worked tirelessly to promote citizen-based investigative journalism and built the HablaCentro platform to facilitate community action calls by the users themselves, such as sending help to disaster zones or disseminating information about recent political events.

Richard Bbaale (Kampala, Uganda), a social entrepreneur who founded BanaPads in 2010. BanaPads is a 2012 Global Social Benefit Incubator Social Enterprise registered in Uganda and Tanzania with the aim of manufacturing affordable and eco-friendly (100% biodegradable) sanitary pads to keep village girls in school and create jobs for local women. Bbaale holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is also the founder of SOVHEN – a non-governmental organization supporting orphans and vulnerable children for better health, education and nutrition. In the past three years he has focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of affordable health care products through locally sourced materials.

Maria Rose Belding (Washington, DC), the co-founder and executive director of the MEANS Database, a nonprofit online communications platform for emergency feeding systems and their donors. MEANS has users in 19 states and counting, rescuing thousands of pounds of food since the site went live in February 2015. Belding is an experienced food insecurity writer and advocate, with her work on the subject in the hands of audiences in nine countries. She is the principal author of ‘Fighting for Food’, a guide for high school students running food drives, which has been distributed digitally free of charge to more than one thousands students and schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Emile Cambry, Jr. (Chicago, IL), a business professor, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur from Chicago. Cambry founded the technology and entrepreneurship incubator, BLUE1647, now in several locations across the Midwest. Cambry is the President of the Chicago International Social Change Festival that showcases films that heighten public consciousness. Cambry was named one of Crain’s Chicago Tech 50, a Top 100 Innovator in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune and an Urban Business Roundtable’s 2014 Game Changer Under the Age of 40. Cambry is also a recipient of the 2014 Impact Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance, and sits on Depaul University’s Social Enterprise Collaborative.

Robi Damelin (Ramat-Efal, Israel), the Israeli spokesperson and member of the Parents Circle Families Forum, a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members to the conflict and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. In 2002, Damelin’s son, David, was killed by a Palestinian sniper while guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Damelin has spoken to people all over the world to demand that reconciliation be a part of any peace agreement. She was named a 2015 Woman of Impact by Women in the World, selected by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice as one of four Women PeaceMakers and is featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace.

Ali Gohar (Peshawar, Pakistan), a scholar, restorative justice expert and the founder of Just Peace Initiatives. Gohar served as Additional Commissioner Social Welfare Cell for Afghan refugees – a project of UNHCR. He sought public awareness for the plight of street children, drugs, HIV/AIDS, community development and peace building in 258 Afghan refugee camps. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a Master’s in Conflict Transformation, was awarded a grant by United States Institute for Peace to explore the principles of Jirga (a community based conflict transformation institution) and worked with Oxfam to end “honor” killing and violence against women in Pakistan. Gohar is also the founder member of “Quami Jirga,” a recent initiative for people-to-people dialogue for sustainable peace between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Marissa Jennings (Washington, DC), CEO of SOCIALgrlz, the first mobile Web publishing company creating content specifically for African-American girls, ages 13-17. SOCIALgrlz provides an opportunity for the voices of African-American girls to be heard, and is a resource and safe space for girls. Jennings is a visionary leader who developed partnerships with Washington, D.C. app developers and international corporations like Microsoft – to encourage tech development among African-American girls. Jennings has worked with national organizations like Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of America and the BET Foundation. Jennings was recently honored by The White House as a 2015 Champion of Change: Young Women Empowering Their Communities.

Meghana Reddy (La Mesa, CA), who builds and provides custom made prosthetic hands to children and adults all over the world using 3D printer technology. She is passionate about innovative technology and underprivileged youth, and has combined these two passions by founding a nonprofit called Limbs with Love to raise funds and provide these limbs at no cost to the recipient. She identifies those in need locally and abroad by dealing directly with local community members and partnering with nonprofits in third world countries. Reddy is currently developing a prosthetic hand controlled by electronics to increase finger functionality and add various sensory perceptions.

Marty Tenenbaum (Cambridge, MA), Ph.D., the founder of Cancer Commons, a nonprofit network of physicians, scientists, and patients that Newsweek dubbed the “LinkedIn of Cancer.” The network provides treatment recommendations from leading experts, which are continuously refined based on clinical results. By learning what works, for whom, and why, Cancer Commons is optimizing the use of existing drugs, with the potential to save millions of lives. Earlier in his career, Dr. Tenenbaum was a world-renowned AI researcher and Internet commerce pioneer. He is a Fellow of AAAI, a founder of five successful startups, and currently an advisor to Austin-based Cognitive Scale. He has been honored by both the Melanoma Research Foundation and the Society for Melanoma Research for his work as a patient advocate.

Priya Verma (Alberta, Canada), a state, national and international award holder in the field of environmental protection and community service. The founder of nonprofit (Child, Youth, Women and Environment), Verma has worked for the betterment of the world since her childhood. Verma was the recipient of a Diana Award in 2009 from Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of UK and the United Nations Outstanding Youth Achiever Excellence Award 2010 for her outstanding contribution to humanitarian services and social entrepreneurship. A member and writer of UNEP, UNO, UN CHRONICLE, UNESCO, World Bank, British Council and other international environmental and youth organizations, she continues to be actively involved in environmental and youth programs.

These 10 honorees represent the best of the best of the digital community – we are thrilled and honored to be telling their stories at SXSW Interactive.

About SXSW Interactive

The 23nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15. An incubator of cutting edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2016 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands on training to big picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today.

Join us in March 2016 for the sessions, the networking, the special events, the 18th Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SX Create, The Job Market, cross industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver. SXSW Interactive is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Capital One, Bud Light, Deloitte Digital, McDonald’s, Tex-X and The Austin Chronicle.

Announcing Adelante – Latin America Reporting Initiative

IWMF Accepting Applications for Reporting Fellowships to Mexico-US Border and Colombia

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce Adelante (Moving Forward), a five-year reporting initiative that aims to amplify the voices of women journalists in Latin America and strengthen their professional development, impact, and safety. The program is supported through a $5 million grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

“Latin America has made real economic progress over the last two decades, but significant developmental issues remain, as we see firsthand in the United States from the migration coming across our southern border,” said Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. “Communities must ensure that women’s voices are heard and that women help shape the solutions to these challenges. Our foundation is investing in the Adelante reporting initiative to help amplify those voices.”

Through this new program, the IWMF seeks to reshape traditional media narratives and increase reporting by and about women in Latin America. Over the next five years, the Adelante initiative will provide unique opportunities for 270 women journalists including year-long, in-country fellowships and international reporting trips in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Mexico-United States border. Reporting fellows will produce in-depth stories on themes including democracy and governance, immigration, agricultural development, economic opportunity, expanded technology access, women’s rights and development, education, and conservation.

The first reporting trips under the Adelante initiative will be to the Mexico-United States border and Colombia. The IWMF will select a group of six women journalists to report on economic development and the human impact of migration on the Mexico-U.S. border from April 1 – 14, 2016. Concurrently, a group of six women journalists will cover themes of rural and economic development in a post-conflict context in Colombia. All fellows will begin their trip in Mexico City, where they will complete comprehensive security training.

The IWMF will accept online applications for these reporting trips from November 19, 2015 – December 19, 2015.

To address growing safety concerns for journalists internationally, particularly freelancers, the IWMF will provide security training to international reporting fellows and hundreds of journalists living and working in Latin America. Hostile Environments and Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT) will be complemented by Reporta, a free personal safety app developed by the IWMF that journalists working in potentially dangerous environments can use to implement their security protocols.

Since 1990, the IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Awards has recognized the achievements of extraordinary Latin American women journalists who fight against all odds to report the news. According to the IWMF’s Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media, men outnumber women two to one in Latin American news media, with women holding just 20% of management positions. Adelante builds on the IWMF’s strong commitment to the region by providing substantial training and support for in-country women journalists, opportunities for international correspondents to work in the region, and essential security training to help journalists stay safe in the field.

To learn more about the Adelante initiative and how to submit an application, please see the Adelante page in English and Spanish and follow the IWMF on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About the IWMF: For 25 years, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has been dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The media is not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. Our work celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to report and bear witness to global issues. Through our programs and grants we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.

About the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF): Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF) is a private family foundation working to catalyze transformational change to improve the world and the lives of the most impoverished and marginalized populations by investing in food security, water security, conflict mitigation and public safety.

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