Networks and collaborations are becoming increasingly important; the world is changing, so is diplomacy. The rapid evolution of new technology in the 21st century offers both challenges and great opportunities. To meet these challenges, diplomats from the Netherlands and Sweden regularly collaborate with other actors to set up co-creative events that can approach issues of global relevance through ideation and design processes.
#DiploHack combines the specific know-how and skill sets of diplomats, social entrepreneurs, tech developers and designers, along with that of journalists, academics, NGOs and businesses to ‘hack’ traditional diplomatic problems in start-up style groups.
Our goals are:
· To create new, collaborative and creative methods for diplomacy
· To familiarise the civil society and tech industry with diplomats and diplomacy through co-creation.
· To familiarise diplomats not just with social entrepreneurship, social media and open/big data, but with the tech industry and their start-up culture and practices
· To actively look for added value in technology, social media and open/big data for diplomacy/public diplomacy
· To recognise the role of networks and social media and open/big data as central to modern human interaction, including in international relations and especially in public diplomacy
DiploHack on A Voice for Civil Society, 29 and 29 January, Tirana, Albania
On the 29 and 30 January, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania, together with the Albanian Institute of Science, is hosting a DiploHack on A Voice for Civil Society. Mixed teams of 3 or 4 people will work together in a day-long session to develop ways to use open data in order to help strengthen civil society advocacy. The team with the best idea will win the DiploHack Tirana Award.
DiploHack on Human Rights, 26 and 27 February 2016, Geneva, Switzerland
On 26 and 27 February 2016, the Dutch Permanent Representation to UN in Geneva will organise a DiploHack on Human Rights. This event will bring together diplomats and human rights experts with tech developers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs to ‘hack’ human rights challenges presented by OHCHR and/or other human rights actors. Results will be officially presented at the HRC31. More information here.
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