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When it comes to “innovation” in human rights, what’s new? Is there inspiration to be found near Silicon Valley, the location of IHRFG’s next conference and technology hub of the United States? Here, social and private sector lines are blurring; start-up models are being transferred to social good; technology is being tested and used in new ways every day; and experimentation and out-of-the-box thinking are of highest value.
Or, in philanthropy, does innovation feel like the “flavor of the month”? After all, human rights is a long-term struggle, and sometimes staying the course is the best approach. Can innovation and the constant search for new approaches actually hurt human rights efforts?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines innovation as “the introduction of something new; a new idea, method, or device.” At IHRFG’s San Francisco Conference (January 20-21, 2016), we embrace the spirit of innovation – finding a way to take the field to a new level by disrupting or changing the curve on social change – and make room for creativity. We are asking funders, “What’s new?” in human rights activism and grantmaking.
The objectives of IHRFG’s SF 2016 Conference – in addition to learning and networking – are to showcase how human rights philanthropy can most effectively “up its game,” and to feature new and unconventional actors, ideas, strategies, voices, perspectives, tools, and techniques in human rights and grantmaking.