YTN DC: Space to Innovate? How Technology Can Drive Transatlantic Development
On July 22, the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Washington, DC chapter of its Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) partnered with Development Gateway for a discussion at the OpenGov Hub with entrepreneurs and thought-leaders about how digital tools and innovative policies can create more efficient, integrated, and sustainable transatlantic communities for the 21st century. Speakers included: Nancy McGuire Choi, Co-Executive Director, AidData and Senior Director of Operations, Development Gateway; Aaron Sherinian, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, UN Foundation; and Lovisa Williams, Global Digital Strategist, U.S. Department of State. The conversation was moderated by MSNBC’s Richard Lui, with an introduction by GMF’s Program Officer for the Urban and Regional Program Andrew Chrismer.
With distinguished careers and years of expertise working at the intersection of technology and development, Choi, Sherinian, and Williams pulled away the layers of complexity to reveal the overlap between their spheres by deciphering how technology can be used as a vehicle for change. Technology is making the world smaller and changing the way governments, organizations, and individuals interact with each other—offering both opportunities and challenges for 21st century leadership. Innovative processes, methods, and products—from smart apps, to cloud-based platforms, to social networking sites—help facilitate dialogue and share best practices. Ensuring these discussions bridge the gap between local operators and government policymakers can help fuel more resilient communities on both sides of the Atlantic.
Development Gateway delivers information solutions to the people on the front lines of international development work. Whether they are government policy makers deciding how to invest scarce resources, aid workers building schools and clinics, or citizens who want to have a voice in the development process, Development Gateway offers tools and advisory services that empower them to be more effective. They work behind the scenes to enable others to make a difference by co-creating information solutions and cultivating skills to turn information into lasting results.
The Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) is a flagship initiative of GMF specifically geared toward professionals 35 years old and younger. The network is strengthening transatlantic relations by offering the next generation of leaders opportunities to engage critically on core challenges facing Europe and the United States, as well as new issues posed by the increasing geographic reach of transatlantic cooperation. YTN currently has active chapters in Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, and Washington, DC.