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“To see is to believe”: Oren Yakobovich demonstrates the power of hidden cameras at TED Global 2014

Oren Yakobovich speaker - Photo by James Duncan Davidson - TEDOren Yakobovich is an Israeli social entrepreneur who has been working at the intersection of human rights and film-making for 20 years. He is a leading voice on how to use visual information to create sustainable lasting positive change in areas of conflict.

He co-founded Videre in 2008, an NGO with ground breaking methodology and hidden cameras to uncover, verify and publicise human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness. Videre’s name comes from the Latin expression “videre est credere” — to see is to believe.

Oren is sought-after expert on using technology to expose human rights violations, and is frequently called upon to brief civil society, government, international organisation and media decision-makers. He contends that only action by the oppressed communities themselves will temper the worst excesses of their authoritarian governments.

A deeply inspirational speaker and an outstanding storyteller, he believes that by putting the right images in the right hands at the right time, we can truly create a lasting impact. His TED Global 2014 talk, presented in Rio de Janeiro, received a standing ovation; watch Oren tell his story to discover why.

For more information, or to book Oren Yakobovich as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Alex Hickman at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8004.

Innovation speaker and former Clinton Advisor Alec Ross Q&A

Alec Rossone of America’s leading experts on innovation, recently took part in a Q&A conducted by American University’s School of International Service Online, centred around his thoughts on technology, censorship, and the private sector’s role in development.

Here are some highlights:

Increasing security risks facing global citizens:

“A government’s ability to survey its citizens poses a real threat in countries where political dissent is not tolerated and where human rights are not respected. Being connected means having access to the kind of information and functionality it takes to compete and succeed in our technology rich, knowledge-based economy. Unfortunately, this connectedness can also make people more vulnerable to the prying eyes of authoritarian governments.”

The private sector’s role in development:

“I think that development is being increasingly driven by the private sector—not so much by businesses developing socially responsible models of development (it is actually a tiny percentage who have these models in reality), but by government budgets being strained to the max. “

Ineffective Internet censorship efforts:

“It is getting more and more difficult to censor the Internet because of the powerful Internet freedom tools being developed by engineer activists around the world. When I was at the State Department, we probably spent $100 million to support the development of these tools and to train people how to use them effectively and safely. The kind of control freak mentality that censors have is ill suited to today’s world.”

For the full Q&A, click here.

For information on Alec’s speaking availability, please contact Alex Hickman, at or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004

Curtis S. Chin explores Asia’s growing inequality

Writing in Phnom Penh Post, Curtis S. Chin explores the rise of inequality in Cambodia. Ahead of upcoming elections, Curtis suggests more introspection is needed on the impact of foreign investment and development programs, that have successfully grown both the economy and rates of inequity within the nation.

He suggests, more than poverty, companies entering growth markets also need to think about inequality.

An illuminating read.

Click here to read “Phnom Penh Post: Wanted: a level playing field”.

For more information, or to book Curtis S. Chin as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Jim O’Neill: How India can tap it’s potential

Jim O’Niell, former head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, writes this week on his optimism for the Indian Economy.

With Ten steps he outlines how India can help boost it’s productivity and raise economic efficiency. An interesting read.

Link below:


A 10-Step Program for India’s Economy

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