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Featured February Events

February is almost here, we’ve all had time for post-holiday recovery, and we’re not buried in snow, so no excuses — get out and get engaged!

Here are some upcoming events to get you started.


Earth. Data. Action.
Earth Journalism Network
Wednesday, February 4
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Happy hour and panel discussion hosted by Internews, Google Earth Outreachand BAIL.

Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Internews Earth Journalism Network and hear how technology, data, and networks are enabling voices around the world to protect and preserve our lands and oceans. The panel will explore interactive maps for reporting on climate shifts, take a sneak peek at a new toolkit for environmental data journalism, and share some of their groundbreaking work with environmental sensors.

Panelists include:

  • James Fahn, Founder,  Earth Journalism Network
  • Rebecca Moore,  Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach
  • Gustavo Faleiros, Founder, InfoAmazonia
  • Willie Shubert, Program Officer, Earth Journalism Network

FREE (RSVP required)


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Can Film Be a Game-Changer for Women and Girls?

By: Kimberley Sevcik

I’m the Engagement Director for a project called Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG) that uses documentary film to raise awareness and spark attitude and behavior change around gender issues in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Peru, and Jordan. Partnering with community organizations on the ground, we train facilitators to screen films about girls’ and women’s struggles and triumphs around the world; to lead conversations about the issues in the film, drawing analogies to community challenges; and to brainstorm solutions to those challenges.

When I tell people about the project, I generally get a two-tiered reaction.

The general population responds to the project’s sex appeal. They find it compelling. Everyone likes film, everyone likes a good story.

Development experts are more skeptical. They find it interesting, but they want to know how it’s making a positive – and measurable – difference.

It’s a question that I’ve been struggling to answer, too, as we round the bend on our third year of the project. Read more

Global Health Diplomacy: A Reflection of San Francisco Values

By: Sebastian Kevany

San Francisco, despite its relatively isolated geo-international position, has a long and distinguished history as a cosmopolitan and international city. This reputation is further enhanced by a reputation for tolerance, progressive thought, anti-war ‘peaceniks’, technological innovation, and a willingness to experiment with the status quo in new ways to advance humanity – including novel approaches to international development.

This ambience has contributed to the growth of interdisciplinary initiatives such as global health diplomacy (GHD) in the Bay Area, combining ostensibly separate skill sets in unprecedented ways. To many, GHD – leveraging global health programs to pursue diplomatic or foreign policy goals – may be considered an uneasy partnership. However, these odd bedfellows, if combined correctly, may help to mitigate or avoid the use of armed international interventions. Read more

Reflecting on EMERGENCY USA

Author: Eric Talbert

I began working with EMERGENCY USA in 2011 and when we first opened our office in San Francisco I was very excited. As a member of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio of San Francisco, we were part of an intentional community of over 60 organizations working to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. EMERGENCY USA is the San Francisco-based office of the international humanitarian organization EMERGENCY, which was founded in 1994 in Milan, Italy.

Being based in the Bay Area has been great for EMERGENCY USA as we continue to build and grow here in the Unites States. Doing the work we do, being located in an old military hospital that is now a part of a national park, feels fitting. Over 6 million people worldwide have received high-quality free-of-charge Emergency staff at workmedical and surgical care provided by EMERGENCY. This work is carried out in war-zones and post-conflicts areas, with the majority of people being treated in Afghanistan.

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