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Journalists, Researchers Collaborate at Story Lab

The Stanley Foundation, in collaboration with Thomson Reuters Foundation and Gerda Henkel Stiftung, brought together nine journalists and ten researchers for the Uncovering Security Story Lab, from January 8–11, 2018, at Wilton Park, United Kingdom. The lab included collaborative workshop sessions, discussion, story development, and training from editors and media experts on digital storytelling tools, investigative journalism methods, and pitching.  

Nearly 300 journalists around the world applied to participate in the lab, and the nine selected work in print and visual media covering stories in the areas of mass violence and atrocities, peacebuilding, migration, and climate change. Following the lab, journalists and researchers are encouraged to team up to apply for story grants from Thomson Reuters Foundation and Gerda Henkel to produce a collaborative reporting or research project on topics that emerged during the lab.

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Everyone Can Strengthen Resilience, Prevent Violence

Program Officer Jai-Ayla Quest and Program Associate Kelsey Shantz discussed how every individual—from Brookings, South Dakota, to the UN General Assembly—has agency to help strengthen resilience and prevent violence. Jai and Kelsey enjoyed their experience at the Symposium on Global Mass Violence & Atrocities, organized by the South Dakota World Affairs Council in Brookings from January 25–26, 2018.

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How Do We Educate Armed Forces on Atrocity Prevention?

As part of the Latin America Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, which the Stanley Foundation supports, the seminar "Regional Perspectives on Education for Mass Atrocity Prevention" brought together 105 participants February 14–16 in Mexico City to facilitate training for armed and police forces, who are often closest to populations vulnerable to mass violence and atrocities. The training equipped participants with knowledge to recognize the warning signs for increased violence as well as tools for responding.

Exchange Students Bond, Share Cultural Experiences

On February 2–3 in Des Moines, 138 students from 53 nations came together for the annual Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference, which the Stanley Foundation has organized for more than 20 years. During the conference, students heard from world traveler Dean Jacobs, took part in social activities, shared insights about their cultures, and led discussions on topics including education, climate change, poverty, and prejudice.

TIBI GALIS is executive director of the Auschwitz Institute for Prevention and Reconciliation, based in New York. The not-for-profit mainly works with governments in preventing mass atrocities. Since 2013, the Stanley Foundation has worked closely with the institute on the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

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Teachers' Trips Further International Learning 

Three Muscatine, Iowa, teachers received this year's Catherine Miller Explorer Award, which allows them to take a trip to the country of their choice this summer. The Stanley Foundation program is named for a Muscatine educator who believed strongly in global citizenship. This year's winners are Debra Dunsmore, a second–grade teacher at Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School; Pamela Joslyn, a science teacher at Muscatine High School; and Laney Berry, an instructional coach at Jefferson Elementary School.


Three Tweets to Midnight: Nuclear Crisis Stability and the Information Ecosystem
Policy Dialogue Brief

Taking Stock of the Evidence: What Works to Reduce Violence and Prevent Atrocities?
Policy Dialogue Brief

Cybersecurity of Nuclear Weapons Systems: Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Consequences, a report in colloboration with Chatham House.

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