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A selection of the best events from the Red Cross Red Crescent Network focusing on innovation, foresight and transformation. A curated collection from the Solferino Academy superstars and delivered straight to you. You’ll never have to miss a cool event again.

To be the best partner for the communities we support, we must anticipate, adapt and innovate.  Shifting Sands is a growing network of fringe thinkers, futurists, innovators and leaders from around the globe.

Recent Events

Planet:Red Summit showcased the power of many

Planet:Red Summit showcased the power of many

On October 12-14, 2021, we came together as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and organised a global, virtual summit Planet:Red. The focus of this summit was on two of the greatest threats in contemporary times, the climate crisis and pandemics, and also on stepping up the Movement’s local action to drive global impact on the humanitarian dimensions of both. 

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Now that the IFRC Youth Innovation Academy submissions are closed, it is time to have a look at what you can learn from the passion and dedication of thousands of volunteers around the globe. Together we are Limitless.

Code:Red was a week-long, digital alternate reality game taking place across the internet and across the globe. Code:Red players connected together in an online community to receive clues, discuss solutions and collaborate to complete the secret mission at the heart of the game. 

Leadership voices

Looking after yourself is important if you want to look after others

Looking after yourself is important if you want to look after others

The GCBC team are joined by Mike Adamson, CEO of the British Red Cross. Mike discusses the charity’s role in responding to Covid, how he’s planning to manage a significant deficit in BRC’s income over the coming years, and what the pandemic has revealed about volunteering. Good Charity, Bad Charity is presented by Keith Davis, Camilla McGibbon and David Prest. It is produced by Dan Hardoon at…

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The Solferino Academy is an initiative of the IFRC and its member national societies that aims to help the Red Cross and Red Crescent network anticipate, understand and adapt to trends and emerging issues

Our Major Partner is the Croce Rossa Italiana (Italian Red Cross)

Thought pieces

Introducing collective crisis intelligence

Introducing collective crisis intelligence

AI and predictive analytics are increasingly being piloted to predict humanitarian crises and needs. However, crisis-affected communities are rarely involved in designing, testing or managing these tools. In this blog we introduce our research on ‘collective crisis intelligence’ (CCI), an emerging innovation approach that offers an alternative trajectory for AI development in the humanitarian sector.

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Covid-19 Is a Call for Universalism

Covid-19 Is a Call for Universalism

Crises are by definition breaking points. Something that we thought would hold – peace, health, transit system, electric supply, a way of life, a society – shatters. While dealing with the crisis, our understanding of the vulnerability of our world increases, as does our understanding of how to prevent the catastrophe from happening again. The first-hand experience spurs innovation and recalibration that will, if built correctly, lead to increased resilience.

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3 things we can be proud of in 2020 and 3 things to focus on in 2021

3 things we can be proud of in 2020 and 3 things to focus on in 2021

Any way you look at it 2020 was unprecedented, complex and challenging, and there is little indication that things will get any easier in the near future. Amongst the many difficulties we faced, however, a number of positives emerged alongside some key lessons for us going forward. At the Solferino Academy we spoke to 20 senior leaders across the IFRC and network of National Societies to ask their views on this. Here is some of what they told us:

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Solferino FutureFellows Programme 2021

An innovative professional development program for emerging leaders of the network of the IFRC
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Insights and Inspirations

My transformation journey as a leader in DNV

My transformation journey as a leader in DNV

In 2015 we embarked on our digital transformation in DNV, and it’s been an exciting journey both for DNV and for me as an individual, that we’re still in the middle of. In this blog post, I want to share my transformation journey from a leadership perspective, and some of my reflections and key takeaways from these years that I hope will inspire you in the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

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Innovation Stories

Shamuk, reducing electronic waste by giving it a second life

Shamuk, reducing electronic waste by giving it a second life

Shamuk, leaving no one behind, is a project that seeks to reduce electronic waste by giving it a second life. Through repowering devices and delivering them to children in rural areas in Ecuador, it also reduces the digital gap and supports school reintegration. The initiative was designed and is led by volunteers from the Ecuadorian Red Cross, with funding and support from the IFRC Solferino Academy. 

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Brothers across Borders – Interactive film based on true stories

Brothers across Borders – Interactive film based on true stories

Brothers across Borders is an interactive film based on the true stories of Syrian refugees in Turkey. You are Ismaël, a 21 years old Syrian refugee on a mission to find his brother Muhammed. Muhammed, as the oldest brother, went to Turkey to find a new and safer home for the family, but never returned to Syria. Nor has he contacted the family since he left Turkey. Now it’s all up to you. The future of Ismaël, Muhammed and the entire family is in your hands.

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