May 23: This interview segment I filmed with
Malaika Oringo in New York during the UNGA
is now broadcasting. We discuss trafficking and
climate change. Many thanks to the Manhattan
Neighborhood Network (MNN).
Apr 23: Presented the virtual-learning modules I created for OSCE/ODIHR on the margins of the 23rd Conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons. The program will be on EdX. Click here for the pptx and here for a note from ODIHR Director Matteo Mecacci.
Mar 23: In New York for the CSW67: ‘the largest gathering of feminists, academics, government officials and policy makers to take stock of gender equality progress, renew their collective purpose, and chart a new roadmap forward.’
Mar 23: While in New York, I was able to do a (soon-to-be televised) interview Ruchira Gupta, Emmy-winning journalist and founder of the anti-sex trafficking NGO, Apne Aap. We discussed her debut fiction novel: I Kick and I Fly.
Feb 23: Progress on the Footprint to Sustainability initiative in Uganda. This month, an entire village participated in a tree-planting campaign to mitigate climate change. What an honor to cooperate with Footprint to Freedom on this impactful project.
Feb 23: We released the 2022 Impact Report for SDG2030.me, the International Forum for Understanding, and MESPERO: Impact for Resilience. Amazed that we have been able to get so much accomplished in such a short time period. Humbled and grateful.
Dec 22: Honored to hold a variety of trainings for the Austrian Parliamentary Administration. Here I am with Rania Ali, whom I invited to be a guest speaker on youth empowerment in one of the courses.
Dec 22: We held another Humanitarian Community Life psychological first aid virtual training for NGOs in Yemen. Many thanks to Layla Barakeh for her leadership of this initiative.
Dec 22: As a follow-up to COP27, Nour Barakeh completed this analysis of North-South relationsre. MENA in global environmental governance. It has been an honor to mentor this project.
Nov 22: Launched the SDG 13 HUB to build community and showcase innovative, grassroots climate change action projects. Intergenerational, cross-cultural, inclusive and multidisciplinary.
Nov 22: The SDG 13 HUB includes a Learning Zone. Having made most of these digital interactions, I am now training young people to create this multimedia for their own projects.
Nov 22: Invited a youth delegation to the COP27 climate conference in Egypt. Here with delegate Ishaan Shah and Les Simm at the COP27 Culture Hub focused on innovative community building.
Nov 22: At COP27, we launched Footprint to Sustainability, a survivor-led, female-led, youth-focused project aiming at preventing human trafficking while mitigating climate change.
Nov 22: Malaika and I met with the Head of Principal Sustainability at Hugo Boss. We discussed the importance of emphasizing human rights when analyzing the fashion industry’s supply chain.
Oct 22: Proud to say that our Humanitarian Community Life project for building psychological first aid training in Yemen was featured in the media (Arabic language). Kudos to Layla Barakeh for her excellent work in this youth-led initiative.
Oct 22: Delighted to support the FORWARD UK Foundation and its partner in pro bono capacity-building training. FORWARD is the leading African women-led organization working to end violence against women and girls – including FGM.
Oct 22: Consolidated many of my recent human-trafficking awareness activities into this interactive showcase. Spotlight on youth and people with lived experience. Next steps: add more virtual-learning modules and a Teachers’ Manual.
Sep 22: With Malaika Oringo and Ruchira Gupta at the OSCE’s ‘Addressing Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking in Armed Conflict’ event in New York. Focus was on prevention and the protection of identified victims.
Sep 22: At the request of young activists I met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NYC, I created this activism primer which uses L&D principles to develop sustainable strategies for driving social change.
Sep 22: Delighted to join Andreas Heckmann (Executive Vice President, Head of Customer Solution Support and Innovation, SAP Product Engineering) in this openSAP podcast on promoting mental health in the workplace.
Sep 22: Honored to mentor Humanitarian Community Life’s psychological first aid remote training in Yemen and to join its first session. Layla Barakeh has done a great job of establishing this initiative.
Aug 22: Happy to welcome the human trafficking survivor leader Malaika Oringo and her family to Austria. Here we are at the United Nations in Vienna ringing the Peace Bell.
Aug 22: Using L&D principles, I am leading a team creating multimedia offerings to capture and scale lessons learned from our human-trafficking awareness event in London. Examples include video segments, virtual learning and a policy brief.
Aug 22: Have been working hard on Phase 2 of a MESPERO project: Humanitarian Community Life (HCL). With Layla Barakeh as lead, we are developing an intensive remote training program (in Arabic) for psychological first aid.
Jul 22: Delighted to participate in the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. I accompanied a team of young global leaders through a design thinking workshop I had created for ‘Building strong and global partnerships.’
Jul 22: I initiated and coordinated two days of London-based activities marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2022. They began with this Intergenerational Consultation aimed at impactful synergies.
Jun 22: Honored to hold a virtual workshop for graduate students at the Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (INED) in Paris. We covered my SHE OR HE burnout model and how that applies to academic settings.
Jun 22: Visited London to see the venue (Goodenough College) and to do groundwork for our exhibition and event on human trafficking and modern slavery coming up next month. Tagline: Lived experience leads.
Jun 22: At the Digital Enterprise Show in Malaga, Spain, courtesy of Convertix and CEO Alex Karnatowski. Held discussions on L&D topics such as workplace tech and met great people, like SDG advocate Kathi Dietzel (pictured).
May 22: Very happy to say that SDG2030.me has been chosen to contribute to a major UN annual meeting on the SDGs: The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
Apr 22: The SDG 5 Hub Changemaker Challenge continued with individual workshops on ‘How to Build Back Better.’ Many thanks to Aigerim Seitenova, Ana Laura Velázquez Moreno and Afnan Khalid for sharing their wisdom.
Apr 22: Visited Amsterdam to meet with anti-human trafficking leader Malaika Oringo, CEO of the survivor-led Footprint to Freedom. Inspiring woman! We are setting up a multimedia project to be released in 2023.
Apr 22: More Changemaker Challenge workshops, this time with Fauziah Wanjiru and Nyadoi Philister of Footprint to Freedom. Greatly appreciated their lived-experience input on applying the SDGs to human trafficking.
Mar 22: And the SDG 5 Hub is live! In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, we invited 22 global activists for a design-thinking Changemaker Challenge focused on exploring synergies and creating innovations to build back better for SDG 5. Fantastic event!
Mar 22: We also curated an SDG 5 Hub Projects page and had thousands of visitors to its digital open house promoting activism on International Women’s Day. Pictured are two of the featured Projects: FRIDA and Akina Mama Wa Afrika. This page will continue to grow…
Mar 22: Developing a capacity-building project focused on human trafficking prevention and mitigation for refugees from Ukraine – emphasis on women and children. Aim is to consolidate fact-based resources for immediate distribution via multiple existing apps.
Feb 22: Joined Aigerim Seitenova in conducting field research for a major multimedia project being developed on the nuclear-climate nexus. SDGs always in focus.
Feb 22: Created an innovative, L&D, virtual-learning path dedicated to the Global Compact, which is based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles.
Feb 22: Setting up an SDG 5 Hub to launch next month. The Hub will engage with impactful individuals and initiatives while showcasing related projects.
Jan 22: At the EXPO in Dubai for the Sustainable Development Goals week. Loved the Women’s Pavilion – but measurable results in empowering changemakers is key.
Jan 22: Very productive meetings at the EXPO United Nations Hub – exploring possible synergies for a variety of upcoming projects. Also participated in the SDG Media Hub.
Jan 22: Held a training on burnout prevention and mitigation with Global Citizen Mentorship Program members focused on implementing SDG 3 Micro-Projects internationally.
Dec 21: Wrapping up a busy year of public speaking, event moderating, multimedia creating, and workshop leading on a global basis. Grateful to make a positive and large-scale impact in these pandemic times.
Dec 21: I developed a new project (Micromedia Modular Database) which will provide a digital library of evidence-based material that can be shared via mobile channels and scaled through SMS/USSD distribution.
Dec 21: Next year is already filling up with speaking requests and other activities! I will put added energy into MHPSS for last-mile settings, burnout prevention and mitigation, and multilateral disarmament. See you in 2022!
Nov 21: Very much enjoyed participating in Green Zone activities at COP26. Connected with Indigenous Peoples, grass roots community members, youth activists, business people and many more focused on making positive environmental impact.
Nov 21: Loved joining the Ubuntu National School Meeting and IPAV in Lisbon – over 1,000 participants with an energized, rock-concert vibe. Wonderful catching up with Doaa Al Zamel, who provided an inspirational speech on resilience.
Nov 21: Discussed synergies between aims of MESPERO and SDG2030.me with members of Ubuntu and IPAV: i.e. empowering youth as agents of change, promoting peace and justice education, and contributing to developing more inclusive and resilient societies.
Nov 21: Our Nuclear Climate Change side event held during the COP26 Climate Summit had this focus: ‘Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap, we mark an important milestone in promoting intergenerational, apolitical, and constructive dialogue aimed at contextualizing climate change while mitigating the existential threat of nuclear warfare and its resulting environmental impact.’
Nov 21: The Youth Council for our COP26 side event represented six nations, multiple disciplines and various universities. These talented individuals supported with organizing the event, conducting the related media, and planning subsequent activities. In a Central European University article, Youth Council Head Madalina Bot said that the event brought ‘novel angles to reflect and act upon.’
Nov 21: I initiated and moderated this COP26 side event panel in Scotland: ‘Existential Threats and Interconnected Solutions’. Lydia Omuko-Jung discussed climate change litigation, Sahil Shah provided the link to nuclear-weapon agreements, Aigerim Seitenova outlined nuclear-weapon testing at Semipalatinsk, and Hyab Yohannes discussed contemporary refugee issues. The panel then explored synergies for positive global change.
Nov 21: Ran a design thinking challenge for delegates to the Austrian Parliament’s Western Balkans program in cooperation with the European Fund for the Balkans. The aim was to support the European Commission with the Green New Deal.
Nov 21: Very proud of Kendall Alaimo and Malaika Oringo for addressing the UN General Assembly on the appraisal of the UN Global Plan of Action to combat trafficking. Both travelled to NYC and spoke about the necessity for survivor-led solutions.
Nov 21: Supported the Austrian Parliament’s Democracy Workshop Forum again this year. The event built capacity for various EU countries re. expanding concepts behind democracy, parliamentary life, media competence and the European Union.
Oct 21: Consulting educational institutions on the mental health challenges they are experiencing in returning students and educators. This global issue must be dealt with systemically -> DMHC.
Oct 21: As Director of Development for the International Forum for Understanding, I am co-organizing a Side Event for COP26: Nuclear Climate Change.
Oct 21: As a unique digital event for COP26, I am also releasing original or curated multimedia activities on climate change or showcasing a related youth-led initiative every day for 26 days.
Sep 21: Delighted to join a panel and hold a workshop in Moscow at the 4th Forum of Social Innovations of the Regions. My area of focus: workplace resilience in light of the pandemic.
Sep 21: My interactive ‘Burnout Management’ L&D workshop in Moscow was a major success. Hundreds of participants had come from all over Russia to optimize their workforce processes.
Sep 21: Participating in Moscow’s 4th Forum of Social Innovations was part of SDG2030’s September initiative focused on SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Aug 21: Supporting a global entity to develop a burnout prevention and mitigation strategy for its employees. Workplace culture is directly connected to burnout occurrence and staff retention.
Aug 21: At European Forum Alpbach, I moderated this panel: ‘The Great European Transformation – A Digital and Sustainable Economy.’ Focus was on successfully mitigating the pandemic’s economic and social impact.
Aug 21: Panelists included Austrian Federal Minister Margarete Schramböck, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, and electromobility CEO Martin Klässner. Vibrant discussion!
Jul 21: Marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, I initiated and coordinated a unique event and exhibition live-streamed globally; the aim was to highlight those with lived experience.
Jul 21: Sponsored by the International Forum for Understanding (for which I am the Director of Development), the broadcast also featured contributions from ODIHR, ISTAC, UNODC, and the Anti-Slavery Collective and various universities.
Jul 21: The related exhibition showcased the artistic autobiographical analysis of traumatic experiences of childhood trafficking of Laurent Ziegler along with digital contributions from Kendall Alaimo and Apne Aap.
Jul 21: Keynoted at #WGC, a high-level, online HR conference with 500 senior decision-makers in attendance. The topic: “Emotional wellbeing, mental health and resilience in the workplace.”
Jul 21: This is a cool graphic #WGC made about my speech – which applied a major transition management model to dealing with the implications of the pandemic on HR globally.
Jul 21: Developed a concept for creating scalable psycho-education and self-help digital tools to build immediate capacity for individuals and systems while iterating a scalable business model.
June 21: Given the success of last month’s eLearning initiative, this month, SDG2030.me focuses on creating interactive learning material for SDG 14: Life below Water. With that aim, we have cooperated with classrooms in the US to determine the kinds of digital games preferred by different age groups.
June 21: And here are the winners! ‘Save the Oceans Adventure Game’ won out among high school students, while the ‘Ocean Quiz Challenge’ was preferred by a younger audience. We also made ‘Ocean Stewardship 2030’ in connection to the UN Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business.
June 21: Doing a lot of virtual conference speaking this month about pandemic-related HR issues and concrete actions corporations can take right now to mitigate the expected challenges in Q3 and Q4 2021. Keeping the ‘human touch’ in the midst of digital transformation is key.
May 21: MESPERO is happy to add Humanitarian Community Life to its project roster. The focus is on building capacity for mental health and psychosocial support volunteers in Syria and Yemen.
May 21: A lot of progress re. my SHE OR HE Burnout Model. My article ‘A new model for dealing with pandemic-related burnout’ was featured by United for Global Mental Health, and SHE OR HE became a MESPERO project.
May 21: This month, SDG2030.me created a 28-minute television and social media segment dedicated to ‘SDG 15: Life on Land’. We also featured original virtual learning modules and a project challenge for SDG 15.
Apr 21: Having taught internationally for decades, I’m very concerned about the mental health tinderbox awaiting schools globally next year. I’m often asked to join panels to discuss these topics, but eager to do much more on a systemic level.
Apr 21: For SDG2030.me’s April initiative, I developed six health-related projects, ranging from equine-assisted therapy to an MHPSS initiative for Syria. Half of the projects have already received support, and we are pursuing contacts for the others.
Apr 21: I also set up a virtual art gallery called ‘SDG 3 as Art’ featuring photographers, painters and sculptors globally. As in-person galleries remain closed, it was inspiring to create this digital alternative showcasing health-related pieces.
Mar 21: As SDG 2030’s first initiative, we created a 75-minute interactive, online event for International Women’s Day 2021. Social Hackathon, Dynamic Storytelling, Special Guests… and so much more for SDG 5.
Mar 21: Thrilled to announce a co-operation with the NYC-based Manhattan Neighborhood Network to broadcast the SDG 5 event on its television channels. Many thanks to Co-Producer Gloria Messer.
Mar 21: Delighted to moderate an online workshop for the Austrian Parliament aimed at scaling its Democracy Workshop program to other countries. (photo: © Parlamentsdirektion / Thomas Topf)
Feb 21: Had the honor of interviewing Dr. Nora Sveass, dr. psychol. who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oslo and Chair of Health and Human Rights Info.
Feb 21: Founded SDG 2030 which will hold monthly interactive campaigns for SDG implementation.
Jan 21: Wonderful to speak at the Momentum 2021 event connected to Medium. I presented on strategies for handling burnout and introduced my new ‘SHE OR HE’ model for recovery and balance.
Jan 21: Enjoyed being a full-hour guest on the award-winning Shrink Rap Radio. We discussed everything from the pandemic’s collective trauma to global HR’s paradigm shift towards augmented analytics.
Dec 20: MESPERO has joined The International Forum for Understanding, which is based in Cambridge and promotes constructive dialogue for impactful solutions.
Dec 20: It’s official! MESPERO’s 2021 project ‘Scalable MHPSS Multimedia Tools for Low-Resource and Conflict Areas’ will focus on target groups in Syria and Kenya.
Dec 20: The Council of Europe is dedicated to human rights, democracy and rule of law. This month, I supported a project in relation to the prevention of torture.
Nov 20: Participated in Qatar’s World Innovation Summit for Health 2020. Really enjoyed engaging in discussions about The Digital Mental Health Revolution: Transforming Care Through Innovation And Scale-Up (credit: WISH).
Nov 20: Very honored to have received a letter from the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake in support of my TEDx Talk ‘helping to put the urgency of protecting mental health under the spotlight.’
Nov 20: The Paris Peace Forum was held virtually this year. Connected with many other attendees, especially regarding the urgency of Supporting vulnerable populations during pandemics (credit: Paris Peace Forum).
Oct 20: Loved giving the TEDx Talk entitled Protecting Mental Health in Crazy Times: A To-Do List. How do we promote healing for ourselves and for our societies? A checklist for building mental health and resilience.
Oct 20: Participated in the G20 Interfaith Forum with over 1,000 policymakers, religious leaders, experts and others. Especially interested in the panel on Refugees and Migrants with Focus on Women and Youth.
Oct 20: Spoke in various conferences focused on reinventing the workforce to build resilience and ensure organizational stability. Health crisis leads to financial crisis leads to social crisis – we need to be ready.
Sep 20: Delighted to report that MESPERO was among the winners of the Wonder Women Tech Hack for Humanity this month.
Sep 20: I’ve been invited to give a TEDx Talk next month on the theme of paradigm-shifting ideas for contemporary society. I will talk about mental health.
Sep 20: Took part in some of the United Nations General Assembly events again this year. I especially appreciated the “Women Rise for All” spotlight on female leadership guided by the SDGs.
Aug 20: The International Leadership Conference will be virtual this year and feature thousands of participants. I’m honored to chair the Africa-EU session dedicated to ‘Opportunity and Hope at a Time of Global Crisis.’
Aug 20: Delighted to participate in European Forum Alpbach for its 75th anniversary dedicated to ‘Fundamentals.’ This year, the interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture has focused on restarting societies after the pandemic. (© EFA)
Aug 20: In its new hybrid format, European Forum Alpbach has featured over 50 digital events curated by young people. I supported the Forum Alpbach Network in two such panels on critical contemporary topics. (©EFA, ‘Skills in a Connected World’)
Jul 20: In Colombia, one in five mothers is a teenager, and related mental health challenges are common. Worked with Colombian affiliates to devise an Impact Tech pilot addressing this marginalized demographic with digital self-care focused on promoting resilience and mental health. (credit: Unsplash)
Jul 20: Happy to support the Regional Academy on the United Nations in mentoring young academics researching the role of partnership and cooperation in and beyond the UN system; our focus was on creating a sustainable and peaceful future for all via collective action for youth. #UN75 (credit: RAUN)
Jul 20: Consulting a university with increasing rates of depression and substance abuse among its now-remote students. Design-based and iterative solutions are key. Accordingly, UN SG Gutterres recently called for mental health solutions in which youth are empowered to ‘design and deliver the change’.
Jun 20: Enjoying the University of California Berkeley’s certification course on positive psychology and the sciencebased principles of happiness.
Jun 20: Have moderated and participated in meetings and global conference calls on Future of Work and Future of Education trends post-COVID.
Jun 20: Conducting an informal, exploratory (and fascinating) survey on preferences in mental health apps with the aim of optimizing the eventual design of MESPERO.
May 20: Doing a lot of organizational development consulting this month – companies everywhere are wondering how to come back stronger after the pandemic….
May 20: Taking an intensive online training course for building apps! UI, UX, coding, and wireframes – getting ready to cooperate with pros in building MESPERO.
May 20: Also working on certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Very rewarding to enhance my advanced degree in Clinical Psychology with new strategies for improving therapeutic outcomes.
Apr 20: Enjoyed serving as an incentive speaker on another Women’s Empowerment Program conference call for the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. The participants discussed their SDG MicroProjects. (credit: Viola Christian)
Apr 20: Here is my latest article published on Medium: Building Resilience during Crises, From a war zone to COVID19: Interview with Syrian playwright and artist Nour Barakeh. (credit: © UNHCR/ Stefanie Steindl)
Apr 20: I’m creating MESPERO, a digital self-care solution focused on emotional wellbeing and mental health. The platform will feature a menu of coping tools, meditation and mindfulness exercises, and a supportive online community.
Mar 20: I’ve enjoyed getting back into writing during this lockdown. One of the articles published on Medium (Better Humans) is: ‘How to Thrive in Your New Home Office – Increasing productivity and avoiding burnout during the COVID-19 shutdown.’
Mar 20: Here’s another article published on Medium this month: Ten Tips for Leading Remotely – How to manage your team virtually during the coronavirus crisis. This article originated from ongoing coaching sessions I’m having with managers of multinationals.
Mar 20: More progress on my project which aims at enabling refugees in a Jordanian camp to have improved access to information on mental health while being empowered to advocate for their rights within a gender-equal context.
Feb 20: Made this website for Rania Ali. She has been nominated for the first-ever Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award! We will travel to the UAE for the ceremony to be held in the Dubai Opera House. Humbled that the Dubai-based International Institute for Tolerance (IIT) has generously offered to host my trip. IIT oversees programs supporting over 130 million people in 116 countries.
Feb 20: And Rania Ali won in the Aesthetic Arts category! In this photo, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, are giving her the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award (credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News). Very proud of Rania and very grateful to our amazing IIT hosts in Dubai!
Feb 20: Ending this month in Rome to moderate a ‘Chatham House Rule’ event for an international think tank; the topic is accelerating societal cohesion while tackling discrimination. The Colosseum makes a perfect backdrop – once used for gladiator contests and executions, it now symbolizes the international campaign against capital punishment. Our meeting’s focus is on transforming fear and hatred into peace and acceptance.
Jan 20: SDG 5 Thrive reunion in Stockholm. I led workshops on digital storytelling for social change. Wonderful to reunite this amazing group again!
Dec 19: The digital projects I have been developing have taken shape and found interesting cooperation partners. The project emphasis is on young people, mental health, telemedicine, Early Childhood Development, public policy and the SDGs.
Dec 19: Honored to be given access to the World Health Organization’s QualityRights Initiative e-learning material, focused on building capacity for mental health services. A wealth of information to research for these next steps.
Jan 20: Served as an incentive speaker for the Women’s Empowerment Program of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Motivated group of international participants in this important initiative (credit: BKMC).
Jan 20: Consulting an NGO on strategic communications for advocacy outreach. Crafting strong content leads to increased supporter mobilization and better results in reaching legislators.
Jan 20: Chaired the first Session of the UPF World Interfaith Harmony Event at the United Nations in Vienna: ‘Interfaith Peacebuilding and Crime Prevention.’ Ambassadors and high-level UN reps shared fascinating insights.
Nov 19: Honored to moderate a two-day conference of data specialists connected to the EU Parliament (credit: Parlimentsdirektion-Jantzen)
Nov 19: ‘Throwback Thursday’ photo with Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz and Anya Schiffrin at EFA with the self-organizing group.
Nov 19: Discussing the connection between women’s security and the threat of various weapons systems (SDG Target 16.4) at an international conference.
Oct 19: Participated in two ‘Chatham House Rule’ events debating the future impact of Artificial Intelligence – both on the labor market and in the humanitarian field. Leveraging big data for social good is tricky, to say the least.
Oct 19: Did quite a few media interviews this month on topics ranging from the Austrian political landscape to the impact of US withdrawal from Northern Syria on the refugee crisis.
Oct 19: Developing a digital storytelling project enabling young people globally to design learning modules on important topics. Emphasis on SDGs and youth of a refugee background.
Sept 19: A pleasure to speak about the humanitarian implications of Artificial Intelligence at an OSCE conference focused on HR topics.
Sept 19: Participated in the interactive data lab for the launch of the Women Count Data Hub, which provides public access to gender data that can be used to monitor SDG progress (credit: UN Women).
Sept 19: Delighted to participate in the Mental Health for All Evening Reception. HM Queen Mathilde of Belgium and President Maada of Sierra Leone keynoted (credit: SDG Action Zone).
Aug 19: What an honor to interview former UN SG Ban Ki-moon, a truly inspiring world leader. Many thanks to the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens for having facilitated this opportunity (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).
Aug 19: I accompanied the self-organizing group of Scholarship Holders for part of their journey. Here they are developing a storyboard for the video we did together (credit: EFA – Bogdan Baraghin).
Sept 19: Attended the United Nations General Assembly and corresponding SDG Action Zone activities in New York. Had some talks about a series of new digital projects I am developing.
Aug 19: Our first interview at European Forum Alpbach this year was with Pascal Lamy, former DG of the World Trade Organization, current President of the Paris Peace Forum (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).
Aug 19: Nour Barakeh, Suad Mohamed and I interviewed H.E. Ban on everything from defunding war to promoting the SDGs. Stefan Yazzie Herbert was the videographer (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).
Aug 19: With Jeffrey and Sonia Sachs at the pitch of the Telemedicine team at EFA. Suad Mohamed is part of this team with a medical background and a compelling digital project.
Jun 19: Participated in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty SnT 2019 conference. Wonderful to see Marjeanne Nour at this important event.
Jul 19: Spent the weekend in Stockholm with the SDG 5 Thrive Founders. We consolidated plans for some exciting new projects focused on education and integration…
Jul 19: What an honor to co-interview former Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (credit: WVPU).
May 19: Honored to chair this panel at the Diplomatic Academy with OSCE and UNIDO.
Jun 19: It was my pleasure to support Suad Mohamed in preparing for her great speech for World Refugee Day 2019. (credit: KAICIID)
Jun 19: I wrote an op-ed which questioned how a recent political decision will impact capacity building regarding integration. (credit: KAICIID)
Apr 19: I’m stateside again for a week doing organizational development consulting and holding related workshops. I’ve missed the cherry blossoms in D.C.!
May 19: Participated in the Mayor’s reception celebrating the ‘40th Anniversary of the Vienna International Centre’ in the stunning City Hall. Most Vienna-based UN organizations were there in promotion of multidisciplinary cooperation.
May 19: UNHCR, Act.Now and others have partnered with Yo-Yo Ma on the Bach project to promote positive social activism. Thrilled to see UN Secretary-General António Guterres at this related Brunnenpassage event (credit: Caritas)
Mar 19: Had a great visit to the office of Austrian Parliamentarian Dr. Alma Zadić. Creative cooperation between government and civil society is crucial in reaching the SDGs.
Mar 19: Working in Madrid quite a bit this month due to an organizational development project. Wonderful city and great team!
Apr 19: Spoke at a UN event exploring capacity building in the Global South. Innovative and collaborative approaches for reaching the SDGs are critical.
Feb 19: Woman power at the United Nations in Vienna! Suad Mohamed (to my right) and I both joined panels at the “Migration and Interreligious Understanding in the Age of Globalization” conference.
Feb 19: In Seoul, South Korea for a series of conferences. At the Sunhak Peace Prize ceremony, Waris Dirie won for her anti-FGM work, and Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, won for his efforts to eradicate poverty through agricultural innovation.
Feb 19: So nice to see former UN SG Ban Ki-moon again at the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development in Seoul. Former Austrian President Heinz Fischer was also in attendance (credit: BKMC).
Nov 18: Honored to speak at the ‘RELX Group SDG Inspiration Day Amsterdam’ which explored the power of partnerships. RELX Group has been at the forefront of innovation in related areas. (photo credit: Minji Kwag)
Jan 19: At the United Nations Vienna to meet the young researchers of the study I reviewed: ‘Electoral reform in Haiti: Ensuring increased women’s participation.’ SDG implementation. Congratulations to RAUN for a great conference!
Oct 18: The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) did a television segment on my recent initiative to impact the narrative on refugee topics in Austria. This ‘Hohes Haus’ segment aired – and was terrific! Many thanks to ORF and to the Austrian Parliamentary team supporting this program.
Oct 18: Did some organizational development consulting focused on learning architecture in Sicily this month; great project. Also took a few days to see the incredible sites in Taormina and Catania. Mt. Etna awaits…
Sept 18: Filming the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s television segment covering our visit to KAICIID.
Sept 18: I co-moderated the ICDO event at the Vienna City Hall and was very happy to see Rania Ali again. A journalist, her “Escape from Syria: Rania’s Odyssey” has been viewed over 9 million times (credit: Abdulla Abood).
Sept 18: For the International Day of Peace, I initiated a refugee-related event at The World Museum. Many thanks to Second President of the Austrian National Council Doris Bures for hosting, to Doaa Al Zamel, Rania Ali and Nour Barakeh for their keynotes, and to Suad Mohamed for her contribution.
Aug 18: Many thanks to all of those who participated in my ‘Be the Media’ workshops this summer. Never forget the importance of your voice and your energy in effecting positive social change…
Aug 18: At Forum Alpbach, I have held many workshops and talks. Here I moderated part of My Europe, My Story; the Sustainable Development Goals were included in the mix. Many thanks to my workshop partner, Alexander Porsch. (Photo credit: © Laurent Ziegler / Forum Alpbach)
Aug 18: Pure joy after the theater piece premiere. Pictured are performers Pascal Rathle, Carlos Gil Soriano and Jophin Mathai; hidden by group hug are Nour Barakeh, Mădălina Boț and Doaa Al Zamel. Also seen is Julia Zimmerman of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens who was instrumental in this process. (Photo credit: © Laurent Ziegler / Forum Alpbach)
May 18: It was a pleasure to join the CTBT Science and Diplomacy Symposium, which focused on CTBT’s contribution to international peace and security. Delighted to see Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh there; we discussed innovations in nuclear test monitoring science and technology.
June 18: Had the pleasure of meeting Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel of Afghanistan at the Women in International Security Vienna event at the Diplomatic Academy last night. We discussed her great initiative, the Association of Afghan Women Diplomats.
June 18: Had the pleasure of meeting Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel of Afghanistan at the Women in International Security Vienna event at the Diplomatic Academy last night. We discussed her great initiative, the Association of Afghan Women Diplomats.
Feb-Mar 18: Participated in the Opening Session at Elevate, an interdisciplinary festival uniquely combining critical political discourse and contemporary music and art.’ This year’s event focused on Risk and Courage. (photo credit: Elevate)
Feb-Mar 18: At Elevate, I gave a 45-minute talk on the Psychology of Risk and Courage. ‘How can the natural urge for personal growth impact life’s adversities?’ Is there a shared psychological denominator in courageous people?’ (photo credit: Elevate)
Apr 18: Co-hosted the two-hour UPF Vienna Festival with Dr. Dieter Schmidt. 10,000 participants and far more via live stream. Kudos to the organizers!
Jan 18: Doaa Al Zamel has been described as ‘the refugee boat hero who saved a child and stirred a continent.’ This amazing young Syrian woman spoke eloquently at our UN SDG 5 event (photo credit: UNIS Vienna).
Jan 18: In the Opening Session of the ACUNS Vienna 2018 Conference, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization keynoted on the importance of empowering women in achieving peace. (photo credit: UNIS Vienna)
Jan 18: Closing shot of the wonderful team of volunteers who carried out our three-day United Nations event dedicated to exploring SDG 5 within the context of refugee issues. Honored to have been the Conference Coordinator.
Dec 17: Poster for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) event I initiated and will help moderate. Two of UNODA’s Global South graduates will join, along with Doaa Al Zamel. We will discuss disarmament, inspiring young people… Side Event live-streamed to viewers on four continents.
Dec 17: Final planning stages for the three-day conference I am organizing to take place at the UN Vienna in a few weeks. Massive volunteer effort but will be worth it. Heavy media involvement, live-streamed interaction with universities, etc.
Jan 18: The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s Klaus Unterberger (Public Value) and Andreas Pfeifer (Intl. News) on stage. Karuna Parajuli discussed the role of women in post-armed-conflict, peace-building efforts. (photo credit: Webster Vienna Private University)
Sept 17: At the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, I moderated an event which gathered stakeholders in aviation security and education to reduce human trafficking. Here, doing a bit of pre-planning with Nancy Rivard, President, Airline Ambassadors International.
Sept 17: To my right is Ismail H. Balla, the Chief of UNODA Vienna. He gave a great talk on the connection of disarmament to both development and sustained peace.
Nov 17: Setsuko Thurlow will jointly accept the Nobel Peace Prize on ICAN’s behalf next month. I initiated and produced a short video of her contribution to the 2014 Humanitarian Impact Conference, her testimony to students, and reaction to the Austrian Pledge. What an amazing woman she is!
May 17: Airing of my televised interview with Dr. Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science who specializes in the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear secrecy. Wellerstein discusses his blog (Restricted Data) and his innovative tools such as NUKEMAP.
Aug 17: For the past two years, I have helped organize and implement Genbaku No Hi, a United Nations event which honors those who died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and calls for nuclear disarmament.
Sept 17: I moderated the panel on ‘Perspectives for the 21st Century – Migration, Refugee Crisis, European Identity’ at the UPF Peace Day event at the UN Vienna.
Feb 17: Spent the afternoon at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) shooting a news segment about the reactions of US citizens living in Vienna to recent stateside developments. Was with a brilliant group of students working on advanced degrees in Human Rights.
Feb 17: Here is a guest post I wrote for Arms Control Wonk: The Prague Agenda in a Post-Truth World. The piece looks at Obama’s legacy regarding nuclear weapons.
April 17: Airing of my televised interview with Dr. Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University. He discusses contemporary challenges connected to non-proliferation. Part of ‘Leaving the Nuclear Age’ television series from MNN in New York; the Director is Gloria Messer.
Jan 17: Honored to attend Austria-based Act.Now’s third International Mayors’ Conference NOW Vienna, focused on refugee ‘Children under the Radar.’ Here is the dramatic backdrop installation – symbolically made of life vests.
Feb 17: Wonderful to see Ela Gandhi again! During her years as a Parliamentarian in South Africa, she was integral in developing the country’s Constitution along with its Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was a treat taking her for a tour of the Austrian Parliament.
Feb 17: Inside the ornate Federal Assembly Chamber of the Austrian Parliament with Ela Gandhi. She reminisced about her grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, and her meetings with Nelson Mandela in the South African Parliament… wow! A very wise and humble woman – doing amazing work via the Gandhi Development Trust and other entities.
Dec 16: Participated in the Prague Agenda Conference at the Czech Republic Foreign Ministry where we debated Obama’s nuclear legacy. Warsaw Pact signed in this room.
Dec 16: Inside the ATOM Museum, a former Soviet military base where Soviet nuclear weapons were reportedly stored during the Cold War.
Jan 17: ACUNS conference on the 2030 Agenda re. the Sustainable Development Goals. This wonderful team supported me with the panel on SDGs and water.
Sep 16: I initiated and co-organized an International Day of Peace conference at the UN Vienna. The goal was to underscore that weapons (and especially nuclear weapons) must be addressed when discussing peace and sustainable development.
Nov 16: To mark the International Day to eliminate Violence against Women, I participated in a “Femicide Watch” event with UNODC, OSCE and others aimed at systematizing data collection and analysis on gender-based violence.
Nov 16: Part of the multidisciplinary team promoting this initiative to reduce violence against women and girls. At the left is Billy Batware, UNODC Consultant and Executive Director of the Forum for Young Internationalists.
Aug 16: A military person accompanying us to Ground Zero of the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan – measuring radiation levels with a handheld Geiger counter.
Aug 16: A military person accompanying us to Ground Zero of the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan – measuring radiation levels with a handheld Geiger counter.
Aug 16: Lunch at the Semipalatinsk Test Site. To my left is Ela Ghandi, the former parliamentarian, peace activist, and granddaughter of Mahatma Ghandi. What a beautiful and inspiring soul. Also pictured are new friends: Rachel Carlsen, Carien Du Plessis and Alice Bromage.
May 16: Attended Geneva’s Open-ended Working Group of the UN General Assembly on nuclear weapons. A significant working paper was submitted by 126 states which had endorsed the pledge originating at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in 2014.