Over the last couple of years, I worked on setting the building blocks for Aspiration's emerging Facilitative Leadership Program. Facilitative leadership means leading in ways that helps others claim their own power, agency and leadership. At Aspiration, I learned that supporting and investing in the leadership of others is key to strengthening our movements for justice. As such, the Facilitative Leadership Program centers on creating collaborative peer-learning cohorts for emerging leaders to connect, share practices, and strengthen their own facilitative leadership skills.
Our 19th annual Nonprofit Software Development Summit in Oakland, California will be taking place on November 16-18.
This three-day gathering is designed for everyone from passionate grassroots activists to radical software developers. It brings together participants from around the world to collaborate, share knowledge, build relationships, and collectively envision the future of free and open technology to support social justice efforts and movement building.
Aspiration has worked with and in support of information security trainers and capacity builders in the human rights sector for over a decade.
We have witnessed the growth of this community of practice from local to international levels, appreciating the opportunity to observe how the outcomes of the work of hundreds of practitioners worldwide have had a critical impact on the security, sustainability and efficiency of human rights organizations and individual activists.
After leading Aspiration's Human Rights Technology Program for almost four years, I will move to a new professional adventure. From this month I will focus on new projects as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, exploring how Internet infrastructure and human rights interconnect.
The stakeholders we interviewed widely agreed that taking a forward-looking and proactive approach to human rights technology would better enable modeling of future states of play.
After a few great mini road trips to Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville, we'll be back on the road again traveling through the beautiful Central Valley and Southern California on September 25-29! We are visiting with folks working for social justice at nonprofits, community-led organizations, and youth advocacy groups to learn what they are up to and find out ways Aspiration may be able to support those efforts with our California Technology Capacity Building program.