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 the Embassies of the Netherlands and Sweden collaborate 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
Most recent editions:
On 10-12 June, the Embassy of the Netherlands in London, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, MakeSense and Chayn joined forces to offer a #EndSVCHack Diplohack for envisioning and designing technical solutions to combat sexual violence in conflict at the Global Summit to End Violence in Conflict in London.
Also, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Georgia organised the second stage of a Diplohack on social innovation in Tbilisi between 30 May - 1 June.
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