Changing the World One Story at a Time: Overture and VICE Media Join Forces to Tell Global Stories about Others’ Efforts to Advance the Cause of Human Good

 Vice, Jodi Hilton for Overture

Vice, Jodi Hilton for Overture

NEW YORK, May 22, 2018 – Overture and VICE Media LLC announce a partnership to help brands create and distribute innovative content that drives awareness and action toward global humanitarian causes. Overture has 50 organizational members (and growing) which include Johnson & Johnson, Spotify, IRC, UN Women, USAID, and World Policy Institute. VICE, the world’s leading youth media brand, brings award winning program to over 80 territories worldwide across mobile, digital, and linear platforms.

Overture brings relationships (those with stories to tell) and content development expertise to the partnership with VICE. As Overture’s partner, VICE will bring its reputation and resources for producing compelling documentaries and news – to provide affordable access to digital/film production services and distribution to a wide variety of channels. VICE properties include: Viceland (a Canadian/US Millennial-lifestyle network); and the HBO programs Vice News Tonight (nightly field reporting of global news and stories about US politics, technology, the environment, the economy, and popular culture) and Vice, an Emmy-winning weekly documentary series.

Explains Overture CEO and president Donnovan Andrews: “This relationship with VICE will enable Overture to help organizations in the social impact space to get the word out (in new ways) about the good they’re doing in response to some of the world’s biggest challenges. VICE offers a depth of production talent and an award-winning distribution platform that reaches Millennials, a generation that’s inheriting the world and showing their activism every day. It’s a big opportunity for brands, as well as for NGOs, seeking to share stories out about how their organizations are working to improve lives worldwide. The people we’ve been talking with at VICE are excited about this new role as an agent of societal change by supporting Overture’s mission.”

About Overture
Overture is headquartered in New York. Our goal is to advance and curate the intersection between technology and humanitarianism: Digital Humanitarianism™. We foster periodic gatherings to establish meaningful dialogues, and to strategically activate the development and support of regional and global tech solutions to help solve issues plaguing humanity. www.overtureglobal.io

About VICE
VICE is the world’s leading youth media brand. Launched in 1994, VICE is on pace to bring its award-winning programming to over 80 territories worldwide in 2018 across mobile, digital, and linear platforms. VICE operates an expanding international network of digital channels; a television and feature film production studio; an Emmy-nominated international television network, VICELAND; an Emmy-nominated weekly newsmagazine show on HBO; a nightly news series on HBO; an in-house creative services agencies and branded studio; a magazine; and a record label.
 
VICE's award-winning programming has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Peabody Awards, Sundance Film Festival, PEN Center, Cannes Lions, Frontline Club, Knight Foundation, American Society of Magazine Editors, LA Press Club, James Beard awards, and Webby Awards, among others.

 

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Overture Enlists Spotify to Help Prove Tech Companies Have Role to Play in Improving the World

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NEW YORK, November 9, 2017 – Today, Spotify becomes a key member of the Digital Humanitarian™ organization Overture; and Danielle Lee (Spotify’s Global Head of Partner Solutions) has joined Overture’s Advisory Board. She will help to guide Overture’s strategy for exploring ways technology can be leveraged to alleviate issues plaguing humanity.

Overture CEO Donnovan Andrews comments, “We’re energized about partnering with Spotify – frankly, I’m a long-time subscriber, and I’ve been following their trajectory in the digital space since their launch. We reached out to Spotify because we believe they can help drive Overture’s mission of using technology as a catalyst, to solve what have been unsolvable problems worldwide.”

Danielle Lee explains, “Embracing and elevating culture is paramount to the success of Spotify and why our listeners trust us to help them discover the unexpected. Overture, with its 40 global NGOs, nonprofits and corporate members, is the right partner to help us take our position as culture leaders to the next level. We hope our efforts in the humanitarian community will motivate other tech companies to do the same."

Andrews says, “Our whole organization looks forward to working with Danielle, she brings a deep level of expertise as a digital tech and content thought-leader. Her background speaking at Mobile World Congress, CTIA (and many other international events), perfectly aligns with the panel events and symposiums that we host to bring together tech and humanitarian influencers for think-tank conversations.”

To kick-off the partnership, Spotify was the lead sponsor of Overture’s STEM+HD (humanitarian development) event on October 26 at the Time Inc. building in Manhattan. STEM+HD is one of Overture’s signature event series. The Spotify-sponsored event was a gathering of global leaders in women’s rights and development from the intersection of technology, policy, and humanitarian outreach. Topics focused on how to advance opportunities for women internationally, and how technology can be used to improve The Human Condition.

Adds Andrews, “What we’re doing at Overture is different. We’re increasing awareness and conversation about the ability for technology to improve the ways we take care of each other and our planet. With Danielle as an Advisory Board member, and with Spotify’s support, we hope to further extend the global reach of Overture’s technology-driven humanitarian relief goals. Our members help us to foster vital partnerships, which are already enabling idea generation, and will soon lead to the tech development, funding, and distribution needed to effectively enact global change.”

Additional Overture organizational members include: Johnson & Johnson Innovation, true[X], S'well, Women’s Refugee Commission, T3, DataKind, OCHA, USAID, IRC, World Policy Institute, DoSomething.org, and The Nature Conservancy among others.

About Overture
Overture is headquartered in New York. Our goal is to advance and curate the intersection between technology and humanitarianism: Digital Humanitarianism™. We foster periodic gatherings to establish meaningful dialogues, and to strategically activate the development and support of regional and global tech solutions to help solve issues plaguing humanity. www.overtureglobal.io

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Overture Hosts 'Women in STEM' Event Featuring World and Industry Leaders

Keynote speaker Valerie Jarrett joined by executives from Google, IBM, UN for Women, Spotify and others to discuss advancing role of women in STEM and humanitarian development

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 26, Overture will hold its inaugural "STEM + HD" event at the Henry Luce Auditorium in New York City, bringing together leading executives and top minds to discuss solutions on how to advance women's roles in a variety of fields, including STEM, and further their roles in technology to address today's pressing global issues.

Featured speakers include:

  • Valerie Jarrett, Civic Leader and Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
  • Jen Crozier, President of IBM citizenship
  • Malika Saada Saar, Senior counsel on Civil & Human Rights at Google
  • Roya Mahboob, CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company (the first woman CEO in Afghanistan)
  • Rochelle King, Global VP of product design and insights at Spotify
  • Sarah Kauss, CEO and founder of S'Well
  • Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
  • Antonia Hylton, correspondent and producer for VICE
  • Seema Kumar VP, Innovation, Global Health, and Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson

In addition to a full day of panel and individual discussions, select speakers will be recognized by Overture for their devotion and success in leading change. Among them are Valerie Jarett, who will be awarded the Overture Digital Humanitarian Award; and Roya Mahboob and Jen Crozier will be recognized with the Overture Catalyst Award.

"Over the past several years, we have made significant progress empowering women to enter the fields of STEM and humanitarian development, but there's no question that there is a lot of work to be done to prioritize creating inclusive environments that allow women and girls to thrive," said Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama and founder of the White House Council on Women and Girls. "The conversations that Overture is sparking are necessary to this fight. I'm excited to be a part of a community making a constant effort to engage in important conversations around how we can create a better future for women and girls."

"STEM + HD" will kick-off at 10 a.m. ET with a meditation session led by leading Gaiatri Yoga instructor, Ally Bogard, followed by in-depth speakers and panels. After accepting the Overture Digital Humanitarian Award, Jarrett will lead a fireside discussion with attendees around advancing human development through women in STEM.

"Bringing together key leaders and discussing the best way to overcome some of the challenges our world is facing right now is so important," said Donnovan Andrews, CEO of Overture. "But we also want to recognize the leaders that are moving the needle every day and pushing the rest of us to ignite change. Overture's goal is to bring together those that can learn from each other and create the most powerful resolutions, this event is a great example of that."

Overture is two-year old company bringing together major technology, corporate, pharmaceutical and governmental companies and organizations to enact change, advance technological innovation and incite constructive conversations that have the power to benefit mankind across the globe. With a passion to accelerate change through collaboration and technology, Overture has already brought some of the biggest names aboard to help tackle global humanitarian issues, including companies such as Spotify, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, United Nations, T3, DataKind, UN OCHA, USAID, World Policy Institute and S'well, among others.  

About OVERTURE

OVERTURE is headquartered in New York. Our goal is to advance and curate the intersection between technology and humanitarianism: Digital Humanitarianism™. We foster periodic gatherings to establish meaningful dialogues, and to strategically activate the development and support of regional and global tech solutions to help solve issues plaguing humanity. www.overtureglobal.io

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A Letter of Validation and Support from the former DSG of the UN

On May 30, 2017, Jan Eliasson, former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, posted this exclusive letter of support on the website of Overture – a leader of digital humanitarianism working to enact change by bringing together major international tech, corporate, and media firms with governmental agencies and humanitarian organizations (to ultimately develop and support technological solutions that alleviate issues plaguing humanity).
 
The Honorable Mr. Eliasson notes: “We are living during the largest humanitarian refugee crisis the world has seen since the end of WWII. Now – more than ever – we must remain committed and steadfast in our convictions as human beings to advance prosperity, societal mobility, and education through innovation and partnership. Now is the time to accept the humanitarian imperative and ask ourselves... what can and should we be doing?”
 
Overture founder Donnovan Andrews adds: “Just over a year ago, we launched Overture with the sole purpose of bringing technology to the forefront of solutions and endeavors to improve the human condition worldwide. We are excited to announce the former Deputy Secretary General is aligned with our mission and has drafted, with us, a plea to the global community about why advancing this dialogue is crucial.”

To support its panel-discussion events, and growth toward delivery of technological solutions for humanitarian needs, Overture works with organizational members such as: Johnson & Johnson Innovation, United Nations, T3, DataKind, OCHA, USAID, IRC, World Policy Institute, and many others.
 
MediaLink CEO Michael Kassan calls Overture, “An organization that is needed now more than ever.” And, Sehra Eusufzai, former Executive Director of Global Brand Strategy at IBM, describes Overture’s events and mission as, "thought provoking, with precision and purpose in their ambitions.”

About OVERTURE
OVERTURE is headquartered in New York. Our goal is to advance and curate the intersection between technology and humanitarianism: Digital Humanitarianism™. We foster periodic gatherings to establish meaningful dialogues, and to strategically activate the development and support of regional and global tech solutions to help solve issues plaguing humanity. www.overtureglobal.io

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OVERTURE Attracts Global Influencers as Members

DoSomething.org, DataKind, and Elrha among Latest Digital Humanitarian™ Partners to Join the More than 30 Organizational Members of OVERTURE

New York, March 15, 2017 – OVERTURE announces the addition of several organizational members with global impact to its growing roster: DoSomething.org; DataKind; and Elrha, an organization dedicated to improving humanitarian outcomes through partnership, research and innovation. Members support OVERTURE’s vision to develop and curate the intersection between technology and humanitarianism – with the goal of developing and supporting technological solutions to help alleviate issues plaguing humanity around the world.

Explains OVERTURE founder and CEO Donnovan Andrews: “We’re truly excited to partner with such prestigious organizations that are strategically aligned with OVERTURE’s vision to bring the right tech and humanitarian organizations’ decision-makers together. Our members help us foster these partnerships, which are already enabling idea-generation, and will soon lead to the tech development, funding and distribution needed to effectively enact global change.”

DoSomething.org is one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change – its 5.5 million members in 131 countries tackle volunteer campaigns that impact a wide range of humanitarian causes including poverty, discrimination and the environment. Says CEO Aria Finger, “The prospect of working with OVERTURE to generate ideas and actual solutions, which might enhance our efforts to help those in need, is exciting. We began participating in OVERTURE’s Digital Humanitarian Series of events in 2016 and look forward to this year’s agenda.”

DataKind is a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science, AI and machine learning in the service of humanity. A pioneer in the data for good movement, the organization brings together leading data scientists and social sector experts to collaborate on data-driven projects to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges. Managing Director of Capital & Growth, Julia Rhodes Davis focuses on collaboration, efficacy, and the impact of mission-driven organizational partnerships. When asked why DataKind chose to partner with OVERTURE, Davis replied: “Using data and tech to help further social change is in (or should be) everyone’s best interest. It’s what our organization is all about. We also believe collaboration is essential in achieving this and are excited to be joining OVERTURE's network of like-minded partners to help address critical humanitarian issues.”

OVERTURE is also proud to announce support from an impressive group of new member-organizations, including: World Policy Institute; Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability; Gradian Health Systems; Innovare Advisors; Inspiring Capital; MIT Media Lab; Possible Health; TAU Investment Management; UK Aid; NY Tech Alliance; IntraHealth International; Human Impacts Institute; Hydration Foundation; London & Partners; and sponsor members Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, and USAID.

Additionally, OVERTURE’s full roster of member organizations includes: The United Nations (OCHA); Big Spaceship; Crisis Text Line; Global Momenta; International Rescue Committee (IRC); US National Committee for UN Women, Metro-NY Chapter; Women’s Refugee Commission; T3; Urban Refugees; and founding member TrueX.

 


About OVERTURE

OVERTURE unites innovative technology companies and international development nonprofits to solve global humanitarian crises. Through ongoing events, we assemble Members to share sector-specific expertise, identify shared priorities and develop sustainable solutions to issues plaguing humanity. OVERTURE believes in a world where digital humanitarians™ collaborate for good. Based in New York, OVERTURE is global in scope and currently partners with 30 Members. www.overtureglobal.io

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Execs from UN Women, The World Bank, Samsung, IBM, and Women’s Refugee Commission to Discuss Role of Women at Critical Crossroads of Tech-Humanitarian

OVERTURE Digital HumanitarianSeries – Nov 10, 2016 Event @ Civic Hall

Execs from UN Women, The World Bank, Samsung, IBM, and Women’s Refugee Commission to Discuss Role of Women at Critical Crossroads of Tech-Humanitarian Efforts Worldwide

New York, September 28, 2016 – On November 10, at 6 p.m. EST, OVERTURE will host the next gathering for its Digital Humanitarian™ Series: Gender Inclusion to Accelerate Innovation.” CNBC Anchor Bertha Coombs will host the panel-discussion event – at Civic Hall (a well-known collaboration center for the world's civic innovators) in New York City’s Flatiron District. Jamie Pallot, Co-founder of the Emblematic Group, will moderate the panel.

The evening will have two featured presenters: Jeni Klugman (Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women; and Former Director of Gender and Development at World Bank) and Dale Buscher, the Senior Director for Programs at the Women's Refugee Commission. Discussion panelists will include: Fiona Bayat-Renoux (Senior Advisor to the Deputy Executive Director, UN Women); Jeanne Jang (Director, IBM Digital Innovation Lab); and Sayo Martin (Head of Marketing, Global Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics).

Donnovan Andrews – NY media executive and OVERTURE founder – explains the urgent need for events such as Gender Inclusion to Accelerate Innovation: "Female scientists are leading cutting-edge discoveries in their fields, from missions to Mars, to research projects that include growing human bones and harvesting electricity from plants. This previously neglected workforce is becoming more empowered and enabled. Through panel discussions and our annual Forum, OVERTURE hopes to bring together global influencers who can work with us to accelerate women’s advancement within the scientific community and beyond."

When asked why she felt compelled to be on the panel of this Digital Humanitarian™ Series event, Sayo Martin replied: “I’m here today because gender-inclusion is an important aspect for the future of innovation and humanitarianism. I truly believe there are many ways we can take advantage of technologies to: spread the word about equal rights, change attitudes, promote a sense of global fairness, and to provide access to improved living conditions and economic opportunities for all. Collectively, as an industry of innovators and game changers, we can bring prosperity and safety to women – which, in turn, will improve the lives of children and strengthen families.”

Pre-event, online discussions are already active – via Twitter hashtags #genderinclusion, #WomensEconomicEmpowerment, #wecandomore, and #digitalhumanitarian. And, groups including the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on #WomensEconomicEmpowerment (@UNHLP) are Tweeting about OVERTURE’s November 10 Gender Inclusion to Accelerate Innovation event.

OVERTURE organizes the Digital Humanitarian™ Series, and other events in NY and London, to foster coalitions and action: by bringing the right decision-makers together to enable idea generation, tech development, funding and distribution of apps, devices and other technologies that will truly help alleviate the plight of refugees and others living in extreme poverty.

About OVERTURE

OVERTURE unites innovative technology companies and international development nonprofits to solve global humanitarian crises. Through ongoing events, we assemble Members to share sector-specific expertise, identify shared priorities and develop sustainable solutions to issues plaguing humanity. OVERTURE believes in a world where digital humanitarians™ collaborate for good. Based in New York, OVERTURE is global in scope and currently partners with 30 Members.www.overtureglobal.io

OVERTURE Digital Humanitarian™ Series – Fall 2016 Events Kickoff

Tech and Humanitarian Influencers to Gather for Presentations and Fireside Chat

New York, August 22, 2016 – On September 7, at 7 p.m. EST, at Soho House in New York City, OVERTURE will host the next gathering for its Digital Humanitarian Series (the first of the fall season). The Guardian’s Eamonn Store will provide opening remarks for the invitation-only event, which is being keynoted by Nicholas Negroponte (founder of MIT Media Lab and One Laptop per Child). Negroponte will conclude the evening with a fireside chat with the IRC’s Ravi Gurumurthy.

Explains NY media executive and OVERTURE founder Donnovan Andrews: “Our Digital Humanitarian Series offers intimate events with  world-leading experts within the fields of tech and media, as well as from NGOs and governmental organizations – with the common goal of sharing ideas, research and progress toward leveraging technologies to enact change  across international humanitarian efforts. Internet connectivity has already changed our lifestyles. There’s still room for connectivity to impact the lives of those in crisis zones and beyond.”

Keynote speaker Nicholas Negroponte is a 14-time TED Talk veteran. A Greek American architect, he’s the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab; he also founded the One Laptop per Child  initiative.

Co-presenter Ravi Gurumurthy is the Chief Innovation Officer at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). As well, he’s the former Director of Strategy for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Introductory Speaker Eamonn Store is The Guardian's North American CEO. Previously, Store was President of Agency Development at MEC (a GroupM company); he also held senior positions at Starcom, Profero, and Carat International.

OVERTURE organizes the Digital Humanitarian™ Series, and other events in NY and London, to foster coalitions and action: by bringing the right decision-makers together to enable idea generation, tech development, funding and distribution of apps, devices and other technologies that will truly help alleviate the plight of refugees and others living in extreme poverty. Staff is in the midst of planning the organization’s inaugural annual event, “The Forum,” slated for Q2 2017.

About OVERTURE

OVERTURE unites innovative technology companies and international development nonprofits to solve global humanitarian crises. Through ongoing events, we assemble Members to share sector-specific expertise, identify shared priorities and develop sustainable solutions to issues plaguing humanity. OVERTURE believes in a world where digital humanitarians™ collaborate for good. Based in New York, OVERTURE is global in scope and currently partners with 30 Members. www.overtureglobal.io

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OVERTURE Names Tony-nominated Actor Colman Domingo as its First Celebrity Ambassador

New York, July 12, 2016 – Today, OVERTURE announces Colman Domingo – an accomplished actor and writer who currently plays Victor Strand on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead (as well as Dr. Russell Daniels on Cinemax’s series The Knick) – will be the Digital Humanitarian™ organization’s first celebrity ambassador. Domingo will participate in live events and awareness campaigns to further OVERTURE’s vision to help alleviate worldwide humanitarian issues, such as the many ongoing refugee crises, via technological innovation.

Says Domingo: “Fear the Walking Dead’s a survival thriller; and I play a man of means who is suddenly ‘without’ after the zombie apocalypse. My character’s one of many always on the run… in survival mode. Tapping into that panic, fear and loss each week gives me true empathy for what refugees experience daily… the constant search for food, water, shelter and safety, let alone the hope for wellbeing and relief from worry. Don’t get me wrong, I would never say I fully understand how that feels, but having even an inkling of the kind of suffering refugees endure makes me feel compelled to do something about it. When I learned about OVERTURE, and what they hope to accomplish, I was more than happy to lend a hand.”

Colman Domingo’s other television credits include guest roles on: Law & Order (and spinoffs Criminal Intent and Trial by Jury); Great Performances; Nash Bridges; Lucifer; and the mini-series Horace and Pete. His filmography includes pivotal roles in Selma, True Crime, Lincoln, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Domingo is an Olivier- and Tony Award-nominated actor (for the musical "The Scottsboro Boys"); and he is an award-winning playwright honored by GLAAD and the Lucille Lortel Awards. He lives and works in London and New York, the two primary cities in which OVERTURE operates. 

Adds OVERTURE founder Donnovan Andrews: “I’m a huge fan of Colman’s theater and film work as well [as his television roles] and thrilled to partner with him. His portrayal of a man fleeing an outbreak, on Fear the Walking Dead, actually brings the refugee experience into people’s homes each week – I’m not sure everyone watching sees the parallels [between the storyline and what real-life refugees experience] but Colman truly does. And, he’s the first of what we hope will be many celebrity ambassadors who’ll help spread the word about OVERTURE’s Digital Humanitarian™ mission: we’re fostering conversations (between global business, governmental and NGO influencers); and will lead development and delivery of tech-driven solutions aimed at helping to improve the conditions of forced migration situations and other humanitarian emergencies around the globe.”

OVERTURE works to bring the right decision-makers together and nurtures partnerships that enable the idea-generation, tech development, funding and distribution needed to enact global change. To promote coalitions and action, OVERTURE hosts periodic, invitation-only events in NY and London; staff is planning the organization’s inaugural annual event, “The Forum,” slated for fall 2016. 

About OVERTURE

OVERTURE unites innovative technology companies and international development nonprofits to solve global humanitarian crises. Through ongoing events, we assemble Members to share sector-specific expertise, identify shared priorities and develop sustainable solutions to issues plaguing humanity. OVERTURE believes in a world where digital humanitarians™ collaborate for good. Based in New York, OVERTURE is global in scope and currently partners with 30 Members. www.overtureglobal.io 

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OVERTURE Partners with Photojournalist Jodi Hilton for “Humanitarian Tuesdays” on Facebook and Instagram

 A Yazidi woman cares for her orphaned grandchildren. Their parents were killed by ISIS fighters who attacked villages in Sinjar, killing and capturing thousands of Yazidis.

A Yazidi woman cares for her orphaned grandchildren. Their parents were killed by ISIS fighters who attacked villages in Sinjar, killing and capturing thousands of Yazidis.

Renowned Photographer Offers OVERTURE Use of Photos Documenting Global Refugee Crises for “Humanitarian Tuesdays” Facebook Project and Beyond

New York, June 21, 2016 – Digital Humanitarian™ Organization OVERTURE announces a partnership with international photojournalist Jodi Hilton for Facebook project: “Humanitarian Tuesdays.” Hilton – whose photo reporting credits include Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, National Geographic.com, Public Radio International, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, and Vice France – has partnered with OVERTURE to use her photos for social media (and websites, presentations, etc.) to further its mission to help solve worldwide humanitarian issues, including the staggering challenges for refugees. Humanitarian Tuesday (akin to Throwback Thursdays) will be a movement encouraging Facebook users to share OVERTURE posts and comment about humanitarian topics.

Explains OVERTURE founder Donnovan Andrews: “We’re so excited to be working with someone of Jodi’s talent, compassion and insight into the global refugee crisis. The compelling images she captures so clearly tell the story we’re trying to share: people are suffering and Digital Humanitarian™ efforts can make a difference. We’re creating Humanitarian Tuesdays to elevate the conversations about worldwide humanitarian efforts. With all that goes on with political races and the stresses of our daily lives, I think people tend to forget about the millions of people needlessly suffering worldwide. This is an effort to showcase the lives of refugees and reveal that they use the very same technologies most others do every day. I know our work with Jodi is really going to raise awareness and hopefully inspire others to do the same and give back.” 

Jodi Hilton presently covers Turkey and the Balkans, and has worked in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Her recent projects have included photo documentation of Afghan and Syrian refugees in Greece, and Syrian refugee camps in Turkey. When asked why she committed to OVERTURE, Jodi responded, “I’m impressed with OVERTURE’s approach of broking partnerships and ideas with leaders in business, media and at NGOs to develop tech that can truly help people. Not only that, they’re going to organize distribution of these tech solutions, which is a critical component that’s often not thought out. It’s one thing to have ideas, but actually bringing big, global ideas to fruition is going to be a huge victory. Humanitarian Tuesdays is a small piece of the puzzle that will hopefully engage the public, too. I just realized, our partnership comes on the heels of World Refugee Day (June 20)… good timing!”

OVERTURE works to unite the currently disparate efforts of socially-responsible international tech, media and governmental organizations, and NGOs: by bringing the right decision-makers together and fostering partnerships that enable the idea-generation, tech development, funding and distribution needed to enact global change. To foster coalitions and action, OVERTURE will host periodic, invitation-only events in NY and London; staff is in the midst of planning the organization’s inaugural annual event, “The Forum,” slated for fall 2016.

About OVERTURE

OVERTURE unites innovative technology companies and international development nonprofits to solve global humanitarian crises. Through ongoing events, we assemble Members to share sector-specific expertise, identify shared priorities and develop sustainable solutions to issues plaguing humanity. OVERTURE believes in a world where digital humanitarians™ collaborate for good. Based in New York, OVERTURE is global in scope and currently partners with 30 Members. www.overtureglobal.io

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OVERTURE Official Launch

 
 

Digital Humanitarian Organization to Bring Tech / Media Influencers Together to Alleviate Global Crises

New York, June 6, 2016 - Today marks the official kickoff of OVERTURE, a digital humanitarian™ organization with a mission to unite the currently disparate efforts of socially-responsible international tech, media and governmental organizations, and NGOs: by bringing the right decision-makers together and fostering partnerships that enable the idea-generation, tech development, funding and distribution needed to enact global change. To foster coalitions and action, OVERTURE will host periodic, invitation-only events in NY and London; staff is in the midst of planning the organization's inaugural annual event, "The Forum," slated for fall 2016.

Since late 2015, NY media executive and OVERTURE founder Donnovan Andrews has been laying the groundwork for this first-of-its-kind endeavor: a mix of organizational members and sponsors, an advisory board (of multi-industry influencers), and an internal on-the-ground team. Explains Austin Riggs of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) [an organizational member]: "I'm very impressed with their approach - Donnovan has been able to tap into something very unique. We know that there's a role for technology to play in humanitarian, but it seems as if the conversations are being had in silos across industries. In order to make real progress, we need to be a community and OVERTURE is the platform that is going to bring us together."

Andrews says: "There are about 60 million people [per UNHCR] who've been forcibly displaced across the globe right now, not to mention that children account for half of the extreme poor worldwide [according to UNICEF]. Those are staggering numbers. It's 2016. There've been apps developed for finding dates, taxis, and song names... if this level of dedication to innovation were to be focused on humanitarian aid, there would be infinite possibilities for improving our world."

Adds Andrew Billo of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [UN OCHA is an OVERTURE member organization]: "Increasingly we are recognizing the need to change our approach in the contexts of the ever-expanding humanitarian needs and a growing gap in resources. Given the magnitude of present challenges, we need to engage with a broader community of stakeholders including businesses and crisis-affected people themselves. While technology shouldn't be seen as a panacea, we know there are organizations that have people, products and the expertise that can be applied to humanitarian and development situations that bring another level of efficiency and insights. Technology can help us to bridge our present gap in response, and as a community, we need to better tap into this creative genius. I believe that OVERTURE can help to foster a vital dialog and accelerate progress."

Through this multi-industry collective, several projects will be identified as priorities for development. Activation of these tech products / projects will be managed by the OVERTURE team, in partnership with leading tech organizations (per the framework put forth by OVERTURE’s humanitarian and development members). Says advisory board member Rachel Weiss (VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at L’Oréal USA): “We all have desires to make the world a better place through our professional roles and everyday expertise. Being a digital professional, this is the best way for me to contribute: leveraging my relationships and knowledge of the ecosystem to provide guidance to organizations connected to the OVERTURE platform.

Other OVERTURE advisory board members include leaders from the Center on International Cooperation (CIC), Facebook, Nokia, IBM, Samsung Accelerator, Red Rooster, and more. “We're part of OVERTURE because we believe in the vision. We believe that innovation can make the world a better place and it has to start somewhere, and the OVERTURE model is one that is sensible and inclusive and we're excited to be a part of it. If we want to make change as an industry, we need agencies, brands, NGOs and media companies to come together and Donnovan’s approach is just what we need,” comments advisory board member Michael Lebowitz, the CEO and Founder of Big Spaceship. 

OVERTURE’s pre-launch event, “Digital Humanitarian: Tech Solutions for the Developing World,” was held on March 16, 2016 at the SoHo House in Manhattan. The intimate gathering was moderated by Diana Ayton Shenker, CEO of Global Momenta. She led a lively panel discussion with: Neil Vogel, CEO of About.com; OVERTURE member Austin Riggs; as well as advisory board members Rachel Weiss, and Sarah Cliffe, the Director of the NYU Center on International Cooperation.

About OVERTURE

OVERTURE unites innovative technology companies and international development nonprofits to solve global humanitarian crises. Through ongoing events, we assemble Members to share sector-specific expertise, identify shared priorities and develop sustainable solutions to issues plaguing humanity. OVERTURE believes in a world where digital humanitarians™ collaborate for good. Based in New York, OVERTURE is global in scope and currently partners with 30 Members. www.overtureglobal.io

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