In Chicago, a city highly characterised by gang activity, there are incidents of gun violence every day. During the 9th GDL Lab, local and international experts came together to identify the root causes of youth violence and to develop concrete tools as well as sustainable interdisciplinary political strategies.
The article focuses on the social commitments made by the different individuals and organisations who participated and highlights the importance of gatherings such as those organised by the GDL in order to connect and exchange experiences and ideas.
If you want to learn more about important personalities working in the field of violence prevention in Chicago as well as Julia Jaroschewski's reflections on the GDL Lab, you can read the whole article here.
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.