AVPN G20 Social Impact Event

Thanks to the generous support of Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, I’m able to present our Open Knowledge Kit program at special session at the Asian Venture Partner Network’s Global Conference, the Official Social Impact Event for the G20 on June 21-24, 2022.

Here’s our session description:

Early warning weather alerts, real-time traffic maps, ride-hailing services. Technology has quietly become part of our daily lives.

SEAsia is home to the world’s fastest growing e-commerce market. As a result, there is a pressing need to ensure that communities are not left behind in an increasingly digital world.

In this session we will talk about climate smart solutions that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of reducing hunger, closing the gender gap and improving environmental management.

Access to technology can level the playing field for struggling rural farmers, new low-cost data collection models result in 17 times higher wages for local communities and an app for informal waste workers can contribute to a clean ocean.

What needs to happen to fully utilize the potential of green tech for our planet and our societies? What can funders do to empower local communities to develop their own solutions? How can bold innovations be fostered?

Key Takeaways:

  • How green tech can open a path towards sustainable growth across the spectrum of climate, gender and livelihoods
  • Beyond free and open source technologies, placing cross-sector communities at the centre of knowledge stewardship and employment models provides the stability critical to bridge successful policy and program implementation, while dramatically reducing costs and carbon footprints
  • Initiatives to improve recovery rates of plastics in the ocean need to take into account the social and economic impacts on informal waste worker


ASEAN Creative Economy Business Forum

by Celina Agaton

This past November I represented the Philippines at the ASEAN Creative Economy Business Forum and shared progress on the Creative Industries Bill and Tax-Free program to support micro to medium enterprise. I also shared our Open Knowledge Kit program that provides local employment through remote and in-person training using free and open source data collection, mapping, and analytics tools to help inform and provide better cross-sector prioritization, coordination and monitoring of initiatives.


APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership

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/


The Americas Geography Awareness Event

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

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

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


BIPOC Geography Awareness Week

by Celina Agaton

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. Short talks and discussions will run throughout the day across regional time zones. Everyone is welcome. More details to come soon!

Stay updated on events on Facebook https://fb.me/e/1NBreSiPv


Mapping & Data Science Workshop

On Wednesday, October 21 at 10pm PHT | 14:00 UTC, join our free online mapping and data science workshop with the Asian Pathways Research Lab at the Asian Institute of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Policy, University of Toronto. Hear Ivan Gayton’s efforts leading Médecins Sans Frontières|Doctors Without Borders, co-founding the Missing Maps project, and his current work with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap. Celina Agaton shares her global experiences in open data, civic technology, gender, and cultural preservation to regenerate supply chains.


Celebrating Geography Week

Para sa pagmamahal sa bayan! For the love of country! We’re celebrating Geography Week around the world with a free mapping party on Saturday, November 16 from 9am to 5pm at UP Ayala Technohub. Everyone is welcome, families with children aged 10 years old and up!

Tickets are free with registration, Grab discount coupons are available while they last at https://mapphnov16.eventbrite.com

* Learn to map

* Meet amazing mapping communities

* Hear talks on why mapping is a great career

* Win great prizes! Shop in our palengke to help local farmers and artisans

Join our mapping sessions :

  • Learn the basics of how to map using OpenStreetMap
  • Join GeoLadies PH and Mental Health aWHEREness to help map breastfeeding, LGBTQ, health and mental health services
  • Learn how to use drones
  • Map tourism sites, restaurants and learn Wikipedia
  • Validate Facebook Artificial Intelligence roads
  • Join or start a Youthmappers community


Mindanao: Agriculture, Gender Gap and Logistics Mapping

My Canadian consulting company is currently mapping the Mindanao region to support rural farming, gender, healthcare and artisan communities. The Mindanao region grows almost half the country’s food, yet remains the poorest population, with many communities at 30-70% poverty incidence. War and conflict have increased in the region in recent years, with security and safety concerns for girls and women. Our goal is to help map rural agriculture, logistics and the gender gap to plan improved infrastructure with long-term impacts on health, well-being and livelihood for girls, women, Indigenous Peoples and farm families.

This is a coordinated effort across international agencies, government, business, non-profits, academe and community leaders. Our study results will lead the prioritization and coordinated planning between international funding agencies and private investment in the second phase of this initiative.

We’ll be working with communities to teach them to map and using geospatial technologies to rapidly analyze infrastructure gaps for validation with local communities.

Local YouthMappers chapters at Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines Resilience Institute, Map the Philippines, George Washington University Humanitarian Mapping Society, and USAID GeoCenter are generously supporting the validation of these tasks.