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GDL Activities at the Latin America-Caribbean Conference and the Conference Future Affairs

Berlin, 28 to 29 May 2019

In a rapidly changing world, global power structures are shifting and international actors and traditional global diplomacy are facing new challenges. In order to tackle these issues, the Latin America-Caribbean Initiative, launched with a conference on 28 May 2019, seeks to enhance forward-looking and inclusive diplomatic approaches in foreign affairs. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, along with his counterparts from Latin America and the Caribbean and together with cross-sectoral experts, continued the debate on how to restore confidence in multilateral processes and identify ways to strengthen strategic links between Germany and the region in the long term.

The discussion was continued on 29 May 2019 at the Conference Future Affairs, which focused on the impact of future technologies on various areas of public policy and international relations. The conference was organised in collaboration with re:publica and provided a platform for representatives from the private sector, academia and civil society, as well as government officials from Germany and the partner region of Latin America and the Caribbean to reflect on the potential and risks associated with new technological developments and digital societies that are transforming security issues and traditional foreign policies.

In the course of these events, the Global Diplomacy Lab hosted two highly interactive sessions designed and led by its members. Participants had the opportunity to engage in the public debates, exchange ideas with different stakeholders and shape the programme by designing and facilitating one of the two co-creative GDL activities listed below.
GDL Members were invited to raise their voice, bring their ideas to the table and elaborate concepts and proposals for sustainable and innovative solutions for the range of topics discussed at the conferences.

GDL Activity: Global Changemakers-Cities as Future Labs
How to hack insecurity, crime or migration? Can cities function as future labs for innovative forms of diplomacy and sustainable strategies? The Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) invited participants to explore innovative solutions to these and other questions.
The groups public discussions between the participants, were intense and stimulating, the participants ruminated on the matter thoroughly and contributed creative ideas to the interactive workshops. One of the thought-provoking exercises was a group-based prototyping task in which multifaceted and realistic project ideas emerged from, such as the Erasmus exchange program for city officials, the recycling program or the neighborhood app that could strengthen local communities.
The session was facilitated by GDL Members Julia Jaroschewski and Sonja Peteranderl and took place on 28 May 2019. Participants included fellow Global Diplomacy Lab Members, Alumni of the ZEIT-Stiftung and other selected experts.

GDL Activity: Co-creating a Digital Agenda for Peace and Sustainable Development
The interactive Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) session at the second day of the Conference Future Affairs addressed the challenge of implementing the 2030 Agenda in a diffuse digital world. Five groups of around ten participants each threw the dice to determine which SGDs they would work on. Throughout the two-hour session, groups exchanged their ideas about and innovations for SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 4 – Quality Education, SDG 5 – Gender Quality, SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals. For more detailed results and descriptions of how the life-sized board game works, please see the blog written by the two facilitators.
GDL Member Flávia Alfenas Amorim hosted the 29 May session together with co-facilitator GDL Member Anya Baum. Participants included fellow Global Diplomacy Lab Members, Alumni of the ZEIT-Stiftung and other conference guests.

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Julia Jaroschewski

Julia Jaroschewski is a reporter and founder of Buzzing Cities Lab, a think tank focusing on digital technology and security in informal settlements such as the Favelas in Rio. She works for Die WELT, Spiegel Online, fluter and WIRED, covering mainly foreign politics, organised crime, the war on drugs and security policy. She studied in Portugal, has an MA in political sciences from Berlin and has worked for the UN in New York and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Mozambique.

Julia has attended the Axel Springer Akademie and Columbia School of Journalism. As a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Besser-Stiftung she reported from Brazil and South Africa, and from Mozambique as a scholar working for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung. In 2016 she was part of the international journalism programme for South America, working for the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. She has also spent three months in India as a Media Ambassador for the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


Read more about her engagement and how cities can function as future labs for innovative forms of diplomacy.

Sonja Peteranderl

Sonja Peteranderl is an editor at Spiegel Online and co-founder of BuzzingCities Lab, a think tank focusing on digitalisation and security/crime in informal settlements. She covers global politics, tech trends, security, justice and organised crime/cyber crime for example the global war on drugs, predictive policing, the digital transformation of drug cartels in Mexico or the European arms trade.
She has previously worked as a senior editor at Wired Germany magazine, and as a freelance foreign correspondent for German media such as Spiegel Online, Wired, Zeit Online, Impulse magazine or Journalist magazine in several Latin American countries, the USA and China.
As a fellow of the American Council on Germany, she is currently investigating the influence and the challenges of algorithmic decision-making systems/predictive policing in the policing and security realm in Germany and the USA. She is also an alumna of the Robert Bosch foundation's “Media Ambassadors China – Germany” programme, Otto-Brenner-Stiftung/Netzwerk Recherche and the foreign journalism programme of the German National Academic Foundation/Besser Foundation and has received several grants for her international investigations.


Read more about Sonja in this blog post.

Flávia Alfenas Amorim

Flávia is a demographer and social entrepreneur who works in the field of education for sustainable development. She is passionate about innovative and interactive learning experiences and understanding how this can help to drive social change at the individual and community level. The learning process in itself is what fascinates her. She is interested in identifying and building networks to shape a new positive narrative around global challenges.

From 2011 to 2017, Flávia worked as a researcher and consultant at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) – one of the top 10 think tanks in the world. She assisted public, business and third sector organisations in Brazil with the development of projects in the areas of sustainable development, social economy, finance, management and public policy. In 2018, Flávia founded ZEBRALAB, a collaborative space for co-creating innovative solutions to tackle complex global challenges by mainstreaming and implementing the 2030 Agenda. In this field, she works as a consultant at National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO), volunteers at the Federal University of Juiz de For a and acts as a facilitator for national and international training courses and conferences.

Flávia graduated in Economic Sciences and holds a PhD in Demography from the Center for Regional Development and Planning at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. During her PhD studies, she joined the ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, UK, as a visiting PhD researcher. She is also a fellow of Managing Global Governance (MGG Academy), an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by the German Development Institute (DIE).



Anya Margaret Baum

Anya Margaret Baum is the founder and Managing Director of The Keryx Group (TKG), an advisory body that works with municipalities in the Smart City field. Since October 2015, she has been the strategic consultant for the City of Warsaw’s Virtual Warsaw project, winner of Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge.

Anya Baum has a strong background in the Smart Cities field, in both standardisation and public policy. In January 2014, Mrs Baum’s firm was the founding member of the first Smart City Working Group at the Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN). In the EU Commission’s first European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) from 2012 to 2014, Anya Baum was a member of the Roadmap Group and coordinator of the Smart City Strategy working group. She is a graduate of the College of Europe in Bruges and of INSEAD’s social entrepreneurship programme in Singapore.


Read more about Anya in this article.

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