SWISSNEX SAN FRANCISCO
EVERY MINUTE, 24 PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES DUE TO CONFLICT OR PERSECUTION.
Today, more people than ever before are refugees—one in every 113 people on earth. The intensity, scale, and complexity of humanitarian crises are reaching unprecedented levels. So complex, so widespread that established institutions and approaches cannot solve them alone.
From the city that invented tweets and status updates comes a very different kind of conversation. And from the city that invented the very idea of humanitarian response comes an urgent open call for action. From San Francisco and Geneva, “Everyone a Humanitarian” is an opportunity to transform the way the world responds to crises. One idea, one connection, one initiative at a time.
Join the conversation. Be a humanitarian.
An open civic space at swissnex San Francisco on Pier 17. A place for talking together, dreaming together, building together—sitting on a carpet, at eye level. A place to enrich and affirm our common humanity. More
A series of events and workshops inviting technologists, creatives, field staff, and innovators to explore new collaborative forms of humanitarian action, and turn conversations that matter into actions that make a difference. More
A hashtag—#YOUmanitarian—to gather and exchange your stories, ideas, and calls for action, and those of unlikely humanitarians you know, to collectively redefine what it means to be a humanitarian in the 21th century. More
“Each of us can do more, but doing more isn’t enough. We need radical collaboration.”
Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross,
at the launch of Everyone a Humanitarian
For Everyone a Humanitarian, the swissnex Gallery on San Francisco’s waterfront turns into an open space for exchange, collaboration, and ideas on the future of humanitarian action. Imagine a mash up of an Arabian living room, village square, and tech incubator–a place for doing more together than we can alone. A place for unlikely allies to become partners–talk together, dream together, work together–crossing disciplines and borders like never before. A place to enrich and affirm our common humanity.
Every weekday from 1-5pm, enter the swissnex Gallery, remove your shoes, and take a seat on an enormous carpet conceived by architect and refugee camp specialist Manuel Herz. Use the ground as workspace, meeting room, coffee house, and public library. Engage with people and content, and enrich the space with your own challenges, ideas, and expertise.
The Everyone a Humanitarian event and workshop series takes a step back from traditional emergency response to explore new collaborative forms of humanitarian action, harnessing the innovation potential of technologists, creatives, field staff, and innovators for long-term impact on the ground. The program connects Silicon Valley and Switzerland to humanitarian contexts across the globe. It imagines how a future rich with advanced technologies and deeper relationships with affected populations will transform the way the world responds to crises.
RESPONSE INNOVATION LAB
JANUARY 18-24, 2017
January 30, 2017
“Are we willing to step back, take a breath, listen to our own hearts, and ask, ‘What can I do to make things just a little bit better?’”
Chairman and CEO of Salesforce,
at the launch of Everyone a Humanitarian
swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 (415) 912 5901
Feel free to reach out if you are interested in organizing your own workshop or event on humanitarian action at the swissnex Gallery, and for any other kind of inquiry
Admission is free during opening hours, except for events
Walk in the swissnex Gallery Monday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm, between January 30 and March 31
VISITING WITH A GROUP
Please note that for groups of 10+ people it is important to contact us in advance. To book a tour, please email YOUmantarian@swissnexsf.org
Satellite imagery captured, compiled, and provided by Planet. From top to bottom: Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan; Earthquake in Indonesia (CC595); San Francisco’s Bay Bridge; Typhoon Haima in the Philippines (CC590); Adjumani Refugee Camp, Uganda.