FOSS4G 2021 Buenos Aires

September 27 / 07:37 EDT by Celina Agaton

I’ll be speaking at FOSS4G 2021, the world’s largest geospatial conference on free and open source software.

Pandemic and Climate Recovery through FOSS4G Local Knowledge Stewardship and Employment Models

September 30, 14:30–15:00, Puerto Madryn

The Open Knowledge Kit Regeneration Program addresses key challenges in the pandemic and climate crisis: How to collect near real-time data, how to create research, policy and programs that reflect the central role of women in the economic and social prosperity of their communities, how to address the political and funding barriers in hazard and climate change modeling, and how to develop fully local research teams to address revolving door outsider and expat models in vulnerable communities.





IUCN World Conservation Congress

September 1 / 22:26 EDT by Celina Agaton
IUCN World Conservation Congress, 7-15 January 2021, Marseilles, France -  GGCP

This Saturday September 4th, I”ll be joining the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN Wolrd Congress’ Supporting Indigenous peoples in Defending Nature and Traditions with Geospatial Technologies panel to discuss how our Open Knowledge Kit Regeneration Program provides life saving employment, strengthens local knowledge stewardship and provides better quality real-time data, and industry-leading mapping analytics, disaster and climate change modeling with free and open source tools.

Saturday September 4th at 13:30 – 15:30 GMT+2 | 5:30am PST| 8:30pm PHT

Session Description 

Evidence from across the globe shows that Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) are effective stewards of nature, yet they are constantly faced with threats from outside interests and their voices are often marginalized in decision-making processes. IPLCs frequently lack consistent and timely access to the data, technologies, and resources necessary to effectively gain official recognition of and uphold their land rights and monitor new threats to nature and their livelihoods. In this campus session, speakers will share their experiences from applying and designing innovative geospatial technologies and learn about the current suite of geospatial tools designed to increase access and use by diverse conservation actors. One key outcome of this session will be an action plan to improve knowledge exchange of ideas, capacity-building resources, and accessible geospatial technologies appropriate for Indigenous-led mapping and monitoring.

Speakers:

Keynote Speaker: Melanie Goodchild, the founder of the Turtle Island Institute

Session host: James Rattling Leaf Sr., GEO Indigenous Alliance

Presenter #1: Giovanni Soliman Bete Reyes, Philippine Indigenous Peoples Community Conserved Territories and Areas Consortium

Presenter #2: Celina Agaton, Fil-Canadian founder, MapPH

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress takes place on Septembe 3-11, 2021. The IUCN World Conservation Congress is where the world comes together to set priorities and drive conservation and sustainable development action. IUCN’s 1400+ government, civil society and indigenous peoples’ Member organisations vote on major issues, action which guides humanity’s relationship with our planet for the decades ahead. IUCN’s unique and inclusive membership gives the Congress a powerful mandate as it is not solely government or non-government, but both together.

IUCN was created in 1948, and has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of some 13,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Our experts are organised into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication.

The Congress is also the largest marketplace for conservation and sustainable development science, practice and policy. Scientists, policy experts, business leaders and professionals from around the globe: share their experience, innovation and latest research.

  • 8 days
  • 1000+ participants
  • 1300+ interactive sessions
  • 160+ countries represented
  • 100+ motions decided
  • 4 high-level dialogues
  • 8 days
  • 1000+ participants
  • 1300+ interactive sessions
  • 160+ countries represented
  • 100+ motions decided
  • 4 high-level dialogues


Advancing Women, Peace & Security in the Indo-Pacific

August 29 / 22:21 EDT by Celina Agaton
Advancing WPS in the Indo-Pacific

At the Pacific Forum’s Advancing Women, Peace & Security in the Indo-Pacific conference on September 1st, I’ll be speaking about how our Open Knowledge Regeneration Program creates local women-led employment, improves local knowledge stewardship and creates better data and climate change modeling, all using free and open-source tools.

Thursday, September 2, 2021 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (HST) Session 7 |
Gender and Climate Security in the Indo-Pacific

This session explores different aspects of gender and climate security in the Indo-Pacific. What are examples of established and emerging evidence on the difference that women’s participation and leadership make on climate change responses? What are ongoing challenges posed by climate inaction to addressing gender equality, and vice versa? How and why are gender justice and climate justice interlinked? 

Speakers:

Joan Carling, Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG); Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI)

Dr. Laura Hosman, Arizona State University

Celina Agaton, Map the Philippines (MapPH) 

Maria Tanyag, Pacific Forum Women, Peace and Security Fellow

Moderator:

Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Shifting the Power Coalition / GPPAC Pacific

The Pacific Forum is a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Forum’s programs encompass current and emerging political, security, economic and business issues and works to help stimulate cooperative policies in the Indo-Pacific region through analysis and dialogue undertaken with the region’s leaders in the academic, government, and corporate areas.

The Forum collaborates with a network of more than 30 research institutes around the Pacific Rim, drawing on Asian perspectives and disseminating its projects’ findings and recommendations to opinion leaders, governments, and publics throughout the region. We regularly cosponsor conferences with institutes throughout Asia to facilitate nongovernmental institution building as well as to foster cross-fertilization of ideas.

Pacific Forum was listed among the “2020 Best New Think Tanks” in the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report; having recently returned to it’s former fully-independent status. This is an annual ranking produced by the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The index looks at over 11,000 think tanks around the world.

In addition to ranking in the “2020 Best New Think Tanks” global category, Pacific Forum was listed in the top 100  “2020 Top Think Tanks in the United States.” Even more competitively, the organization was recognized as one of only 17 US think tanks listed in the top 73 “2020 Think Tanks With the Most Significant Impact on Public Policy” in the world.


Apply For a Telus Philippines Grant

May 17 / 07:47 EDT by Celina Agaton

For registered non-profits in the Philippines, we need more grant applicants! The next Telus grant application deadline is June 11. A single organization can receive as much as P500,000 within 1-2 months. Telus funds youth, LGBTQ, Indigenous, health, agriculture, culture, sports, education, environment and technology projects.

Apply online at https://bit.ly/3bw8j1Y

Learn about the program at https://www.telus.com/en/social-impact/giving-back/community-grants/philippines


APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership

May 6 / 21:13 EDT by Celina Agaton

On May 19 I’ll be sharing our women-led mapping and infrastructure work to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines and Indonesia at the APEC – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation-Canada Growing Business Partnership. With majority of MSMEs led by women, economic and social investments should start and end with women. Join the Facebook Livestream at https://fb.me/e/L0c56n2v or register at https://bit.ly/3o1K015

Watch the Facebook Livestream : https://fb.watch/5FGmQgfLyE/


ADB Webinar: Emerging Trends in Inclusive Digital Employment

April 18 / 07:53 EDT by Celina Agaton

On Friday, April 23, 3pm Manila time, I will discuss our women-led open knowledge stewardship program using free and open source data collection, mapping and analytics tools and pioneering technologies. Effective humanitarian and development action should be led by the women who are at the center of the social and economic prosperity of their communities. Mapping and data science jobs also provide meaningful and productive work with fair wages, while working safely from home.

This the first Asian Development Bank webinar in a new series that will spotlight the opportunities and challenges of ensuring the accelerated transition to the digital economy is jobs-rich and inclusive. The discussion will explore three different models that leverage technological innovation to help marginalized groups access digital work.

Objectives

The webinar will:

  • Share findings from the experience of leading innovative digital skills and employment organizations in the region
  • Highlight opportunities and challenges to scale what works to support inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify how governments and the private sector can work together, including opportunities for ADB engagement

Click here to join the meeting.

View the program and learning materials here.


Colonialism in Open Data and Mapping

February 13 / 23:23 EST by Celina Agaton

On Friday, February 26 at 2pm Manila time, 6am UTC, I’ll be moderating the first session on colonialism in open data and mapping with Filipino David Garcia, Tanzanian Imma Mwanja and Bangladeshi Tasauf A Baki Billah. View the program at https://bit.ly/3seXiYP

Watch the Video

There is 06:00 UTC session and a 16:00 UTC session. Select the ticket for the session you want to attend. Both are 1:30 long.

About this Event

“And while maps may be missing from digital platforms and social networks, we are still here.” – David Garcia, 2020

Maps and digital data have played crucial roles in humanitarian aid eg. disaster response. Although it is of best interest to help local communities through generating data and features on the map, humanitarian actors and mappers should take note that we are not only mapping features (houses, roads, waterways, etc), but also mapping the land, oceans, and communities who live and are stewards of that space. With this webinar, we want to examine and discuss this balance (community digital information), decolonizing open data and open mapping, and representation and power in humanitarian mapping, among others.

We invite you to contribute questions that we will ask the speakers. Please share your ideas by Friday, 19 February.

There are two sessions so that people in every time zone can attend. You are welcome to attend either or both of them. You must register to attend. You will receive an email a couple of days before the event with a Zoom link to attend.

Speakers:

06:00 UTC Session

16:00 UTC Session


The Americas Geography Awareness Event

December 1 / 22:23 EST by Celina Agaton

With the loss of funding to many vulnerable communities, multinational organizations will continue to shape humanitarian and development funding. How can we shift to more local and regional models of cross-sector leadership?

On Thursday, December 3rd 10am PST | 12pm COT | 1pm EST, we celebrate the Americas Geography Awareness Event with an opening keynote by Wade Davis. Wade holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. He is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. He has authored 22 books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top nonfiction prize in the English language. His work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.

Hear the stories of nice people doing good work. Connect with friendly local and regional communities, learn about free training, resources and funding opportunities.This event is free. Talks are 10 minutes each with a Q&A on the Facebook Live stream.

View the Facebook event page https://fb.me/e/1MwlEyx0b
December 3rd
10am-1:15pm PST
12pm-3:15pm COT
1pm-4:15pm EST

Meet our speakers!
10:10am PST
Celina Agaton

10:25am PST
Wade Davis
National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence | BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia

10:45am PST
Rachel Olson
Indigenous Maternal Health & Gender
Firelight Group

11am PST
Inez Cook
Co-Founder and Owner
Salmon n’ Bannock

11:15am PST
Saraswathi Vedam
Birthplace Lab

11:30am PST
Sara Barron
Future Forests

11:45am PST
Melanie Chabot
Canadian Red Cross

12:00pm PST
Rudo Kemper
Digital Democracy

12:15pm PST
Kyle Napier
Native Land Digital

12:30pm PST
Maria Peña Valencia
Youthmappers Colombia

1:00pm
Eli Enns
Indigenous Conservation
Conservation Through Reconciliation See Less


Middle East and Africa Geography Awareness Week

December 1 / 22:12 EST by Celina Agaton

On Wednesday, December 2 Jocelyn Kelly, Director of the Gender, Rights and Resilience Program at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative opens our Middle East & Africa Geography Awareness Event. She designs and implements projects to examine issues relating to gender, peace, and security in fragile states. Her international work has focused on understanding the health needs of vulnerable populations in Eastern and Central Africa and has included working with Uganda Human Rights commission to launch the first office in Africa promoting the Right to Health.

View the Facebook event page at https://bit.ly/2HKoNIi
Wednesday, December 2nd
9am-11:15am WAT
10am-12:15pm CAT
11am-1:15pm EAT

Each talk is 15 minutes including a Q&A on Facebook Live. Hear the stories of nice people doing good work, connect with local and regional communities, and learn about free tools, discounts and funding opportunities.

Meet our speakers!

11:10am EAT
Celina Agaton
MapPH

11:25am EAT
Jocelyn Kelly
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Gender, Rights and Resilience

11:40am EAT
Ivan Gayton
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap

11:55am EAT
Melissa Mbugua
Africa Podfest | NBO Film Fest

12:15pm EAT
Rana Jawarneh
Youthmappers Jordan

12:30pm EAT
Immaculata Mwanja & Christina Reuben
OpenMap Development Tanzania

12:45pm EAT
Chrispin Ochieng Okumu
Netsquared Kenya | Home Grown Foods and Permaculture

1:00pm EAT
Janet Chapman
FGM and Development Mapping
Crowd2Map Tanzania


Asia-Pacific Geography Awareness Week

November 10 / 17:48 EST by Celina Agaton

With the loss of funding to many vulnerable communities, multinational organizations will continue to shape humanitarian and development funding. How can we shift to more local and regional models of cross-sector leadership? Join our Asia-Pacific discussions for Geography Awareness Week

Sessions will be live-streamed and recorded. Catch updates at https://bit.ly/2Ipe1aw

This year’s Geography Awareness Week helps bring together regional communities to discuss shared histories in food, work and now, Covid. Hear the stories of nice people doing good work. Connect with friendly local and regional communities, learn about free training, resources and funding opportunities. This event is free. Talks are 10 minutes each, followed by a 10 minute Q&A

Please meet our Asia-Pacific Region speakers!

Celina Agaton
Regenerating Supply Chains

MapPHFeye Andal
University Mapping Communities and Humanitarian Mapping
Youthmappers

Sara Barron
Local Voices in Urban Forest Planning
Future Forests

Carrol Chan
Disaster and Climate Change GIS and Remote Sensing Officer
Pacific Community (SPC)

Youjin Choe
Interpersonal Conflict in the OpenStreetMap community
University of Melbourne

Pyrou Chung
Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Open Development Initiative,
East-West Management Institute, Inc.

Charmaine Cu-Unjieng
Free Stress and Trauma Management Programs
International Association for Human Values

Kalel Demetrio
Culinary History and Innovation
Agimat & Alamat Foraging Bar and Restaurant

AJ Dimarucot
Sustainable Careers for Remote Work in Creative Industries
New OFW (Overseas Foreign Worker)

Hannah Dormido
Graphics Reporter and Cartographer
The Washington Post

David Garcia
Indigenous and Conflict Mapping
Mapmaker

Mahar Lagmay
Disaster, Climate Change and Covid Mapping
Executive Director
University of the Philippines Resilience Institute

Adelaida Lim & Maribel Ongpin
Rural and Indigenous Artisan Markets
Philippine Textile Council

Rosal Lim
Women Weavers and Artisan Markets
Rurungan Sa Tubod Palawan

Leigh Lunas
Drone Mapping
GeoLadies PH

Andi Tabinas
Mental Health Mapping
Mental Health aWHEREness
GeoLadies PHilippines

Mikko Tamura
LGBTQ Mapping
Mapbeks

Joeli Varo
Pacific Mapping and Navigation Techniques
Fiji National University

Saraswathi Vedam
Global Quality Maternal and Newborn Care Hub and Covid-19
Birthplace Lab
University of British Columbia