Mapping hate, Impact investing continues to grow, An app to combat hunger

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Fighting Hate /// The Southern Poverty Law Center documented more than 800 reports of hate crimes in the ten days following the election, with nearly one-third of incidents including anti-immigrant sentiment. A second report from the SPLC released on Monday surveyed 10,000 teachers and school-workers, and found 90% of educators saw a negative impact on students’ mood and behavior following the election. The SPLC has also mapped nearly 900 hate organizations across the country, while Ushahidi, a crisis tracking platform based in Africa, is using its mapping technology to plot instances of hate crimes in the United States. George Soros has committed $10 million to support efforts combatting hate crimes, both through local and national organizations.

Searching for Solutions /// As part of the Alphabet behemoth, tech incubator Jigsaw, formerly known as Google Ideas, is leveraging technology and media to combat violent extremism, shield human rights organizations from cyberattacks, and unearth business corruption.

Green Friday /// Patagonia will donate all of the company’s $10 million in Black Friday sales to 800 grassroots environmental groups around the world. The commitment, which Patagonia made after the election, is five times what the company anticipated and builds on its three-decade history of donating 1% of daily global sales to support environmental efforts.

Digital Disruption /// Two reports detailed Russia’s broad involvement in spreading fake news to influence the election and erode trust in American institutions. The reports chronicle instances of synchronized social media accounts echoing misinformation, websites sharing common ownership, false stories originating on state-funded Russian media and amplification of articles from other fake news sources. The New York Times Magazine outlined similar Russian digital propaganda efforts in a longer piece last summer.

Creative Capital /// Impact investing grew to $8.72 trillion in assets in the United States in 2016, up 33% since 2014, according to a report released earlier this month. The sector is reaching even more fields, including arts and culture. In one example in Dearborn, Michigan, a cross-sector group of partners are working to streamline investments in the art community that deliver both financial returns and social impact.

Tech Tackling Poverty /// The White House, Stanford University and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are hosting a two-day summit this week on how technology can address poverty, inequality and economic mobility. Topics include how data can reduce incarceration and homelessness and the potential impact of providing a universal basic income.

Bon Appétit /// An app called Spoiler Alert is connecting food distributors with food-rescue organizations, helping businesses reduce food waste and access tax deductions by donating unsold inventory while combating hunger.

Clips Worth Clicking /// Veteran political strategists Juleanna Glover and Hilary Rosen discussed how the Trump Administration might address various tech policy issues. President Obama honored an outstanding group of 21 individuals with the President Medal of Freedom. The President also pardoned two terrific turkeys with a series of delicious puns.

Upcoming Events /// New America panel on “Capital and the Common Good” on December 1st in NYC. General Assembly panel on “Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid as a First Time CTO” on December 1st in NYC. New America panel on “Integrating the Worlds of Work and School” on December 7th in DC.


National Digital Campaigns Director /// Everytown for Gun Safety /// NYC
Creative Production Manager /// Everytown for Gun Safety /// NYC
Director of Advocacy, Guns and Crime Policy /// Center for American Progress /// DC
Senior Campaign Manager, Climate /// CAP Action War Room /// DC
Director of Strategic Communication /// Women Deliver /// NYC
Associate Director for Modern Elections /// The Democracy Fund /// DC
Special Assistant to the President /// Corporate Accountability International /// Boston
Privacy and Public Policy Manager /// Facebook /// DC