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Friday, April 1 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
WITH, not FOR: Working with frontline communities

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This session will focus on how we best work with and not for the communities on the frontlines. How do we build relationships and trust? How do we collaborate and form long-term partnerships?

Ultimately the success of our work depends on ensuring the deep involvement, full understanding, and widespread adoption of civic technologies in the targeted communities. This means collaborating from the beginning––from ideation through to distribution and sustainability––not as an afterthought or add-on.

Simple, but not easy. The panelists will share their experiences working on the frontlines of the MENA region, Latin America, Kenya, and Iran. We will share real stories of real efforts, highlighting the successes and the failures in projects that span peacekeeping, human and civil liberties including LGBTQI rights, indigenous rights, and environmental justice.

We promise a nuanced and inclusive dialogue. The moderator will briefly frame the session, and interview each panelists (20 minutes max). Then you well be welcomed into the the discussion, few folks at a time in the discussion circle.

Outcome: You will leave 1) better equipped to design WITH and not FOR local communities, 2) with an opportunity to get involved and have impact in diverse set of communities and issues. 

Moderator: Firuzeh Mahmoudi (Director, United for Iran) Panelists: Emily Jacobi (Director, Digital Democracy) Esra'a Al Shafei (Director, Majal.org) Renee Black (Executive Director, PeaceGeeks) Reza Ghazinouri (Program Director, United for Iran) 

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Firuzeh Mahmoudi

United for Iran, United for Iran
Firuzeh Mahmoudi is the Director of United for Iran, a Bay Area NGO working to improve civil liberties in Iran. After witnessing the 2009 uprising in Iran, Mahmoudi organized a global rally in 110 cities. The day turned to be the largest day of global support for Iran in history. Shortly after, Mahmoudi started United for Iran. Seven years later, United for Iran works to improve human rights, support civil society, and increases civic... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
The Nest

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