By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeOn opening day at the Lagadikia refugee camp in northern Greece, the first Syrian families arrived tired and scared. Like millions of other refugees, they still faced uncertain futures. Wearing the weary expressions of people who have endured incredible hardship, the first question they asked the United Nations staff might seem … Continued
By Lauren WoodmanHaving just wrapped up a week in Nairobi with the ICT4D Conference, my head is spinning in the very best of ways. After four days of plenaries, breakouts and great networking, I am sure many of us are still sorting through the great ideas and replicable projects that we saw in Nairobi.All of … Continued
As a small organization focused on collaboration and community, we thrive on the thoughtfulness of many. For these gifts, we are incredibly thankful, and want to take a moment to thank those individuals and organizations that have shared their time and resources freely with us this year and helped us serve more effectively.
During a conference as jam-packed as this one, it’s impossible to catch every session, explore every great idea, or connect with every attendee, but with the benefit of a few weeks to reflect, I’ve been struck by three impressions that, for me, sum up this year’s incredible event.
Since joining NetHope as Chief Executive Officer last year, it’s been a real joy to experience our NetHope Global Summits. From the excitement of meeting face-to-face with our collaborators to the energy that comes from exploring a new global locale, the NetHope Summit is one of the highlights of my year. Wondering what to expect? Read on!
The successes NetHope has achieved in 2014 confirm our shared commitment to the idea that collaboration between leading NGOs and the technology sector to improve our world through collective impact yields results. Whether it’s training young adults in IT skills or responding to the Ebola outbreak or sharing best practices to improve ICT usage, Nethope and its members remain convinced that together we are stronger, more impactful, and more capable of achieving our respective missions.
Much more quickly than I anticipated, my first month with NetHope has come to a close. It has been an amazing month, filled with meetings with members, donors and partners. Learning about the work that our members are doing – and how NetHope is supporting their missions – has been both humbling and inspiring.
Through these meetings, a number of common themes have emerged. I spent a few minutes discussing these on the February member call, but wanted to provide a little more context around what I’ve heard. No doubt, these themes, along with the priorities that the Board has established for me, will shape my work in the coming months. And, no doubt, these themes will continue to develop as I continue to meet with members and our stakeholders in the coming month. But here’s a recap of what I’ve heard to date: