Programme | Block 3

Digital Journey

October 9 | 14.00-16.00

This final block of the Partos Innovation Festival will focus on Digital Journeys and Public Spaces. Jeremy Heimans discusses how power works in a hyperconnected world, and how social movements make use of it while creating a better world. We will also get the opportunity to learn from the different Joint Action Groups (JAGs) active in The Spindle's Digital Journey. For more information about the programme of block 3, see below. Note: this programme will be updated in the run-up to the Festival. 




Walk-in & meet | 13.30-14.00

What is a Festival without some network opportunities? Well, during the Festival we will have plenty, ‘bring your own coffee’ style. From 14.30 we open the virtual doors for you. Talk with other participants in the chat, drop your burning questions beforehand in the Q&A, or build on your network and make new connections in the chat carrousel, in which you will be randomly connected to other participants. 


Jeremy Heimans | Speaker

Digital tools are changing the power structures of the world. Jeremy talks about the unexpected ways power is changing— and how new power is reshaping politics, business, and life. Drawing on examples from business, activism and pop culture, Heimans explains how to build new power and channel it successfully. They also explore the dark side of these forces: the way ISIS has co-opted new power to monstrous ends, and the rise of the alt-right’s “intensity machine.” He will talk about what "New Power" means in today's connected world and how everyone can harness this rise of new power to create movements for a better world.  

Jeremy is co-founder and CEO of Purpose and co-author of the 2018 bestseller New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World - and How to Make It Work for You. He co-founded GetUp! and Avaaz. Heimans is a recipient of the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. 


The Digital Journey | Last March 35 Linking Pins, all deriving from various Partos member organisations, joined the Digital Journey. Together they formulated the digital challenges they experience as well as their innovative ideas to address these. This resulted in 8, and later 7, Joint Action Groups (JAGs), that worked together during the whole Journey. Together they went through all the processes, from defining their innovative ideas to realising their intended outcomes during a Hackathon and Demo Day. The JAGs will come together once more and present their outcomes and results. The JAGs will have scored each other’s innovative ideas and products on different qualities. 

During this block, 7 JAGs will briefly present their concepts to you. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to choose one JAG that inspired you for a break-out session, in which you will learn more about their results. You will also have the opportunity to give feedback and input. Then, we will come back together in the plenary, and the winning JAG will be announced during this last event of the Digital Journey! 

The themes of the 7 JAGs that will present to you in block 3 are: 

JAG 1 | Develop an online community for people with a disability or HIV/AIDS
EnableMe is an online platform based on user-generated content and invites other organisations working with this target group to join forces and co-create a way to mobilise and activate online communities in different countries.

JAG 2 | Create a platform/ marketplace for digital solutions
Creating an platform/marketplace that showcases digital solutions and hereby supports organisations to further build on each other's work (instead of reinventing the wheel). 

JAG 3 | Become data-driven organisations
How can organisations become truly data-driven in order to improve decision-making processes?

JAG 4 | Mapping a (responsible) data ecosystem
Starting a pilot in one country (eg Nepal) and find out how humanitarian and development organisations including local partner organisations can work together with data.

JAG 5 | Learning sessions with other sectors/ markets
Organise a series of (online) learning sessions with organizations from other sectors (including tech companies, app developers) to learn eg how to develop digital tooling that can be run and owned independently of the NGOs. 

JAG 6 | Working effectively in partnerships 
Internal organisation and project management, making use of technology, but user engagement is also an issue. Work with indigenous people, local communities and smallholder farmers in tropical forested landscapes. How can we enhance connection with them, on different levels? 

JAG 7 | Online training sessions 
Find a (better) way and tools that enable us to organise effective online training sessions with partners and/or target groups, with the right didactic method, and collaborate, communicate and co-create more smoothly. 



Wrap-up & network | 16.00-16.30

What is a Festival without some network opportunities? Well, during the Festival we will have plenty, ‘bring your coffee or drink’ style. After closing the session we open the virtual plaza for you. Talk with other participants in the chat, or meet new connections and build on your network at tables! Here, you can further discuss the content you've just heard, to share your own experiences or to learn from others'. Just stay logged in, and you will be automatically and randomly assigned to one of the network tables for more exchange and conversation with your peers. Please, note that for participation you are requested to turn on your device's camera and microphone.