2014 SF TechTable: Ambassador Samantha Power

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[staff name=”Samantha Power” position=”U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations” img=”https://www.t4a.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/samantha-power.jpg”]Ambassador Samantha Power currently serves as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and is a member of President Obama’s cabinet. Prior to her confirmation in this role in July 2013, Amb. Power was the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council. She also previously acted as the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was the founder and Executive Director of Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Before her work in government and academia, Amb. Power had a very successful career as a journalist. She was the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner for her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. She has also written for Time Magazine, The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and The New Republic. Amb. Power completed her undergraduate degree at Yale University before continuing on to Harvard Law School.

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[heading]Key Takeaways[/heading]

[v_icon color=”#1B75BB” style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-spotlight”]One issue that Ambassador Power is focused on is changing the way people perceive the U.N. As a member of the organization she is very vocal about and proud of what they have accomplished, but is aware that many outside of government are not familiar with the true purposes of the organization. Ambassador Power believes that, with a rebranding, the U.N. will be able to become a better version of itself and “accomplish what the world expects it to.” The technology sector, in particular, advocated for simplicity. Keeping messages clear and concise and minimizing the number of hoops that the consumer of this information has to jump through is key to the success of this goal.

[v_icon color=”#FBAD1D” style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-power”]Ambassador Power would also like to incorporate technology more broadly throughout U.N. practices. Examples include equipping peacekeeping missions with technology as well as developing ways to communicate in real time with civilians in developing nations. Technology could also be used to educate the population at large about human rights violations and atrocity prevention.

[v_icon color=”#F37320″ style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-stats”]Analytics tracking and information transparency was also discussed at the table. Using metrics would help the organization create concrete, measurable checklists that are then compared against a scorecard to measure success. Making this information public also creates a system of accountability, and to some extent, peer pressure to achieve these goals. A successful example of this is the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals.

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[heading]Executive Briefing[/heading]

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