Brave Conversations Gaza

Monday 17th February, 2020
Mercy Corps, Gaza

Philanthropy is, quite literally, phil-anthropos, the love of humanity.

It is about working together to create a better future for all of humanity, and those we share this planet with.

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Background

Intersticia UK began working with Founders and Coders and Gaza Sky Geeks in November 2018 supporting the Tech for Better programme.

Since that time we have now supported some 16 Gaza Founders who have developed better business and entrepreneurial skills.

In February 2020 we were invited by Mercy Corps and Gaza Sky Geeks to visit Gaza and mentor both our Founders plus Code Academy Graduates and this provided the perfect opportunity to bring the message of Web Science to the GSG community in the form of Brave Conversations.

We all know that the Web has evolved from being read-only to read-write and now dominates how the majority of society interacts with digital platforms, giving rise to the largest companies of the modern era. It is also provides a window on to the world that for many people, especially those in places like Gaza, is the only way they can see beyond their borders.

As we are changing the Web, so the Web is changing us. We want people in Gaza to also be smarter humans in terms of how they interact in the digital age.

Objectives

The goal of Brave Conversations is to challenge everyone who participates to more fully explore and understand the interplay between humans, the societies we live in, and the technologies we are creating.

Brave Conversations Gaza was designed to get people from the start up and entrepreneurial community to think about how to more fully understand the implications of technology in order to be more empowered about making the best decisions about how they use technology in their everyday lives, how they participate as commercial actors, and how they operate as digital citizens.

Organisers

Our thanks to Ryan Sturgill and all the team at Gaza Sky Geeks

"We ... need to be prepared for the internet that we know to evolve unpredictably, and work to ensure that it remains beneficial for humankind."

- Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Dr Kieron O’Hara, Four Internets: The Geopolitics of Digital Governance