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Virtual Climate Summit Aims to Step Up Climate Ambition

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine has announced the first carbon-free, online summit of world leaders on November 22, 2018.

In this video, which the Stanley Foundation produced in collaboration with Principle Pictures, Heine explains the intent and goals of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Summit—cooperative action for a sustainable climate future where all can survive and thrive. See the video.

Workshop Focuses on Applying Prevention Framework to Migration

At the Guatemala City workshop “Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention and the Protection of Groups in Vulnerable Situations,” May 31–June 1, participants from across Latin America grappled with the risks and vulnerabilities of migrants, refugees, and the displaced, with an appreciation of protecting human rights and building resilient communities. Workshop attendees were taught ways to identify opportunities to apply a prevention framework to migration scenarios in their own countries and regions. (REUTERS/Imelda Medina)

Muscatine Celebrates the Legacy of Dick and Mary Jo Stanley

On May 20, the Stanley Foundation helped present “Follow the Music: A Day Celebrating the Legacy of Dick & Mary Jo Stanley” in Muscatine, Iowa. The event included a free concert featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans, as well as exhibits from organizations dear to the Stanleys, such as the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, the African American Museum of Iowa, the Muscatine Center for Social Action and the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

Dick Stanley, chairman emeritus of the Stanley Foundation, died November 17, 2017 at age 85, and his wife, Mary Jo, chairwoman emerita of the Stanley Foundation, died December 14, 2017 at age 83.

Community members mingle with Stanley family members on May 20, during a reception in Muscatine, Iowa. (Photo by John Deason)

Parliamentarians Learn about Strengthening Resilience

Members of the executive and legislative branches of governments in Southeast Asia, as well as individuals from institutions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), gathered June 25–27 in Bangkok, Thailand, for a workshop on mass atrocity prevention. Participants were empowered to connect atrocity prevention and the Responsibility to Protect framework in their professional capacities and to consider the special collaborative relationship of the executive and legislative branches of government necessary in implementing measures to prevent mass atrocities. (Photo by Thomas De Clan)

ANNE LAMB is an administrative specialist supporting the policy programming team. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in English and previously interned at the foundation in 2008 as a copyeditor.

Anne worked as a customer service representative and administrative assistant for eight years prior to joining the foundation in 2018.

DC Conference Highlights Peace and Conflict in Journalism

The Stanley Foundation partnered with the Pulitzer Center to organize the “Beyond War: Causes of Conflict, Prospects of Peace Conference” June 2–3 in Washington, DC. More than 200 people attended the conference at the National Press Club. The conference featured panels focused on a variety of topics, including social media and whether they promote peace or conflict, building peace within local communities, and the critical role global education can play in peacebuilding, and workshops on conflict and peace journalism, safe reporting in high-risk environments, and the role of youth and the media in reporting on gun violence. 

Investigation U. Camp Puts Spotlight on "Wonder"

This summer the Stanley Foundation brought 34 Muscatine, Iowa, middle schoolers together for a two-week camp. The 2018 Investigation U., with the theme of “Wonder,” aimed to help participants develop an enhanced and more complete picture of themselves by learning about others and being exposed to new ideas. Along with a high ropes course, participants took part in service projects, heard from international speakers and a world explorer (Dean Jacobs), made paint, used microscopes, explored a cave, and toured the House on the Rock in Wisconsin.

Journalist Fellows to Cover COP 24, Global Climate Action Summit

Twenty journalists were awarded fellowships to cover two key international climate change meetings: the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California, and the 24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. According to Stanley Foundation Media Programming Officer Devon Terrill, the journalists from 18 developing countries will “learn how cities, countries, communities, companies, and individuals are working to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement—or are perhaps lagging in their commitments.” The fellowships are a partnership between the Stanley Foundation and Earth Journalism Network

How Could a So-Called Internet of Nuclear Things Help Manage Nonproliferation Risks?

Printing parts from digital files holds promise for nuclear supply chain efficiency, but that adds cyber and intellectual property risks. Could firms leverage data in a so-called Internet of Nuclear Things to mitigate security & nonproliferation risks? This paper by Wyatt Hoffman and Tristan Volpe, and its companion article in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the potential of an Internet of Nuclear Things for managing proliferation risks, were developed in part through a policy salon dinner that the Stanley Foundation hosted in December 2017. 

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