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Visualizing Impact: How Tech Fits In
When was the last time you heard a story that made you change the way you acted with another human being? This is the lofty challenge we’re working on at Visualizing Impact; we want to bring forward stories that affect you and your neighbour, that have the power to generate “aha” lightbulb moments, shift your subsequent thinking, and influence your actions. Data, technology, and design are the tools we use to bring these stories to life. We’re going to talk about how we do it, including what we’ve learned and what we still find challenging.
Visualizing Impact specializes in data visualization on social issues. VI’s visuals have reached over four million people across six continents and in twelve languages. VI is the recipient of Deutsche Welle’s 2014 The Bobs award for Best Social Activism, Prix Ars Electronica’s Award of Distinction for Digital Communities, and Information is Beautiful’s community award. Visualizing Palestine, a project of VI, has been featured in the Washington Post, Policy Mic, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and the Guardian.
Jessica Anderson joined Visualizing Impact in 2013, and has moved from the UK to Jordan to Lebanon to Canada while working with the team. Coming from an international development background, Jessica was attracted to VI because it brings the passion and seriousness of traditional human rights work into a small, dynamic, entrepreneurial, and creative environment. Jessica holds and M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Kentucky.
Joumana al Jabri
Joumana al Jabri co-founded Visualizing Impact with Ramzi Jaber as a natural progression of their partnership on TEDxRamallah 2011, the first TEDx event happening live out of three cities – Bethlehem, Beirut, Amman – livestreamed to twenty cities globally. Joumana is passionate about human potential, individual and collective, and how that may mobilize to advance a heavily traumatized region that is the Middle East (West Asia?). She derives inspiration and direct applications in her work from the spaces of climbing, music, anatomy, medical practices, as well as the natural environment. She is a Synergos 2014 Arab World Social Innovator fellow.
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