We are passengers on the same planet

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. I generally try to share my reflections immediately, but I needed to shake off a cold and allow time to get some perspective. It was a frenzied week – the meeting … Continued

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Closing out 2016 with gratitude, and hope

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOAs 2016 comes to a close, many of us turn to family and friends during this season of reflection and gratitude. At NetHope, we’re immensely thankful for our strong and vibrant member community, as well as our deeply committed partners for their unwavering support. We have accomplished much together in 2016, … Continued

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Summit Day Four: Security, cognitive computing and until next year …

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s the last day of the formal Summit (in-depth training sessions happen Friday), and I’m so pleased with the level of participation, collaboration and content we’ve seen this week. A special thanks to CDW for sponsoring our Community Celebration at the Center for Civil and Human Rights last night. If we … Continued

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Summit Day Three: Celebrating our community

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s Wednesday at the NetHope Global Summit — the day after election day in the U.S. We had more than a few bleary-eyed attendees who’d stayed up late to watch returns, but our morning speakers did a terrific job of bringing us back to our missions. Elizabeth Mynatt, Executive Director at Georgia Tech’s Institute … Continued

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Summit Day Two: Digital transformation, and DanChurchAid

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOIt’s Tuesday in Atlanta (and election day in the U.S.). Though we’re sure our delegates were surreptitiously checking for election news, we also know that today’s Summit provided an excellent distraction.  First, a big thank you to the International Procurement Agency for hosting our daily breakfasts here in Atlanta. We all appreciate … Continued

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Summit Day One: It’s a NetHope family reunion!

By Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEOToday was a terrific start to the NetHope Global Summit in Atlanta. This is our biggest Summit to date, with longstanding members, vendors and partners, but also plenty of new faces. While there’s no way I could possibly capture all of the powerful and insightful talks and session of this first … Continued

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Looking ahead to the 2016 NetHope Global Summit

By Lauren WoodmanIt’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for the NetHope Global Summit to convene once again — this time, in Atlanta, Georgia. This is my third Summit, and I’m looking forward to so many sessions on our jam-packed agenda. I’m also excited to welcome over 300 delegates to the Georgia Tech Hotel … Continued

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Standing with refugees, today and every day

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeToday is World Refugee Day. Today, like yesterday, and like tomorrow, 42,500 people will be forcibly displaced from their homes.It’s a staggering statistic, one that most of us are reading from the safety of our own homes. But every single one of those 42,500 people – and indeed, the nearly 60 … Continued

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Are we too obsessed with data?

By Lauren Woodman, CEOData: Everyone’s talking about it, everyone wants more of it.Today, at the Devex World conference in Washington D.C., I’ll join several other leaders in the development and humanitarian space to talk about how data drives our organizational decision-making. Certainly, at an organization like NetHope, which works to connect technology innovators with our … Continued

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Communication Is Aid: Refugees Need Wi-Fi

By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHopeOn opening day at the Lagadikia refugee camp in northern Greece, the first Syrian families arrived tired and scared. Like millions of other refugees, they still faced uncertain futures. Wearing the weary expressions of people who have endured incredible hardship, the first question they asked the United Nations staff might seem … Continued

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