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With Ambar Januel (Creator, Notably Wild), Daiquiri Ryan (VP, Joey Ryan Foundation), Jorge Fontanez (Founder, Collective Action for Puerto Rico), Jean Manney (Dir., Restless Development), Yvonne MacPherson (Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard).
Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 06:30 PM   Absolutely Free
BBC Studios, 1120 Ave of the Americas, 5th Fl

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Join Restless Development & Notably Wild on September 20th for a round table discussion on the role of media in social action.

In a world where fake news & click bait seem to dominate our news feeds & mainstream media, how do we use the tools at our fingertips to create awareness around social issues instead of spreading misinformation? How do we then turn awareness into action?

Hear from a wide array of speakers from various sectors on this topic including youth accountability advocates working with Restless Development in Tanzania & India.

Supported by BBC Media Action. Event space provided by BBC Studios.

Ambar Januel is a community development strategist & a vocal advocate for STEM diversity, women's rights, & youth leadership. She works with tech startups, non-profits, & creatives on creating engaged communities that harness social impact & create change. Last year, she left her creative agency J+J in Los Angeles to focus on working with organizations that are passionate about social issues, public engagement, cultivating opportunities for creatives & underrepresented leaders, & dedicated to diversity, advocacy, & social advancement.

Daiquiri Ryan is a legal fellow at Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy organization where she focuses on net neutrality, broadband adoption & the digital divide, diversity in media ownership & other telecommunications issues. Daiquiri is also an inaugural Google Next Gen Policy Leader, a cohort focused on the intersection of social justice & tech policy.

Aparna Agrawal is a twenty five year-old legal advocate from Delhi who volunteers with Restless Development India as a Youth Accountability Advocate. This program aims to empower young people with the knowledge, skills & networks needed to analyse official data & track their government's progress towards national & international development commitments. Aparna speaks to young people in local communities collecting information on their level of access to sexual & reproductive health information & services & is visiting New York for the UN General Assembly. Twitter

Jorge Luis Fontanez is Clinical Professor of Marketing at the Bard MBA in Sustainability program, a Google Next Gen Policy Leader, First Mover Fellow of the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, OpEd Project Fellow & founder of Collective Action for Puerto Rico, a collective of the faithful & the fearless using public theology to bring economic justice to Puerto Rico.

Jean Manney is the US Director of Restless Development, the global agency for youth-led development. She has been driving growth & innovation for youth development & civic engagement & for over 15 years, including developing service-learning programs & campus-community partnerships at higher education institutions in the US, supporting a youth empowerment program in Guadalajara, Mexico, & researching innovations in volunteering models through the lens of active global citizenship.

Yvonne MacPherson is the U.S. Director of BBC Media Action, the international non-profit of the BBC created to use media & communication for development, & a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Yvonne's experience covers the breadth of communication formats, from drama, interactive discussion programs, public service advertisements, reality television shows, outdoor advertising to mobile ring tones & job aids.

Aisha Matiko is a Youth Accountability Advocate with Restless Development Tanzania & is visiting New York for the UN General Assembly. As a Youth Accountability Advocate for Restless, Aisha is working to bring positive change to her community through collecting & analyzing data on young people's access & knowledge about sexual health & reproductive rights & services. She will use this data to track her government's progress towards national & international development commitments in the coming months.

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Registration & Networking

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Opening Remarks

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