In September 2017, No Lost Generation Tech Task Force brought together private and humanitarian sector stakeholders at the No Lost Generation Silicon Valley Symposium in San Francisco to collaborate on addressing four challenges that conflict-affected youth face.
Following the Symposium, No Lost Generation Tech Task Force formulated a set of cross-sector projects. We encourage you to review this post – it provides an overview of how the Task Force is working with private sector companies, humanitarian organizations, and conflict-affected youth to co-create solutions to the challenges we focused on at the Symposium – education, livelihoods, participation, and representation.
The four current projects include: remote mentoring helping displaced youth learn conversational English; training in in-demand skills; a learning companion chatbot, which makes discovery and access to learning resources easier; and Adobe Project 1324 Challenge, which proactively supports conflict-affected young people across the Middle East and globe to share their stories through creative self-expression.
Project collaborators include Microsoft, Salesforce, Adobe, Pluralsight, UNICEF, NRC, Mercy Corps, and conflict-affected youth. We’re using lean startup methodology and design thinking, and leveraging technology where appropriate.
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Defined Without Borders was designed by Mercy Corps, a co-lead of the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative, in partnership with Adobe Project 1324 and with support from the No Lost Generation Tech Task Force.
Project 1324 is an Adobe initiative that supports, connects, and amplifies a global community of emerging artists and leading arts and culture organizations who are using creativity as a force for positive impact. The Challenge is a creative prompt that invites emerging creatives from the Project 1324 community (ages 13 to 24) to learn new skills, take part in collective action, and push the boundaries of their creativity.
The Defined Without Borders Challenge focuses on the issue of participation: Young people affected by conflict are faced with myriad obstacles and have limited access to participate in and contribute to their communities and connect with their peers in a positive way. The Challenge theme is about identity: Identity as a way for young people – particularly those affected by conflict – to express themselves and reflect on their many dimensions.
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For more information about this project, view to the recording of a recent webinar featuring presentations from the project leads from Adobe and Mercy Corps.