Impact Roundup Oct – Nov: BIG CHANGES ARE HAPPENING…

Recent months have been incredibly busy for Think-Film, with major campaign successes, high-level events, and big announcements…

Europe has banned PFAS!

October began with a huge win for our Dark Waters impact campaign as the much-anticipated EU Chemical Strategy committed to a full group restriction of toxic PFAS chemicals.

This definitive stand by EU politicians against PFAS will protect citizens across Europe for decades to come and is a result shared with all our incredibly dedicated campaign partners. We’re proud that our impact work made the demand for change heard and has put the urgency of ending PFAS use on the global political agenda.

With the EU setting a high standard for action, in early November we brought Dark Waters to the OECD Global Forum for the Environment with a specially-curated impact video. This gave policymakers and chemical industry leaders around the world an opportunity to hear from Rob Bilott and other PFAS experts, and be challenged to initiate PFAS phase-out plans in different national contexts.

Everyone’s talking about human-centred artificial intelligence

We continued our collaboration with the OECD with a flagship virtual event connecting iHUMAN with policy discussions on Covid-19, digitalisation and the future of society.

Broadcast on OECD WebTV, 650 AI stakeholders including representatives from global governments and businesses joined a rich and lively discussion between director Tonje Hessen Schei, EU Commission #1 tech influencer Paul Nemitz, Microsoft’s Privacy VP Julie Brill, OECD Director of Science & Technology Andrew Wyckoff, OECD Head of AI Policy Karine Perset, and OpenAI’s Policy Director Jack Clark.

The event was a particular opportunity to highlight the lack of international guidelines on protecting personal data in emergency situations. The panel also shared thoughts on how AI can be a force for good and what the challenges for regulation are. 

Our very engaged audience asked a great number of questions to the panel via Slido; we will be liaising with the OECD expert network over the coming weeks to share and answer these.

Watch the discussion on demand here.

Also check out 5 things you should know about AI by Tonje Schei and our Global Impact Director Amy Shepherd published by Diplomatic Courier.

Dr. Amani Ballour is asking world leaders to help Syria

We continue to #standwithDrAmani as she contends for international support for Syrian women and girls. Most recently, her addresses to the Normandy World Peace Forum and UN, where she spoke alongside EEAS Secretary General Helga Schmid and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlabo-Ngcuka at a key event marking 20 years of women’s voices in peace and security processes, put much-needed spotlights on the many challenges and risks faced by frontline health workers in war and crisis zones. It’s an honour to champion Dr. Amani’s impassioned and expert voice.

The EU is getting serious about supply chain due diligence

As the European Union moves forward with supply chain due diligence legislation proposals, we’ve been speaking with Members of the European Parliament about how we can use our augmented reality app ‘Seven Grams’ to strengthen support for a mandatory approach. 

In late November, Think-Film’s Global Impact Director Amy Shepherd and Seven Grams Director Karim Ben Khelifa gave a closed-doors presentation of Seven Grams to the European Parliament’s Responsible Business Conduct Working Group; the members welcomed the project and agreed to partner with us on some exciting 2021 action plans. Watch this space for more news!

We’re showing filmmakers how impact is the future

More and more filmmakers are thinking about how to integrate impact into their creative productions. At ESODOC, Executive Director Danielle Turkov Wilson led a powerful masterclass in impact producing which focused particularly on the role of digital transformation and shaping the future of society through film. 

Discussions highlighted that filmmakers and policymakers share a mutual ambition of bringing about change and that a healthy democracy rejects siloing and encourages intersectional working.

General updates

We are excited to announce that iHUMAN will be in UK cinemas (both physically and virtually) on 10 December, International Human Rights Day – get your tickets early! Support your local independent cinema and get tickets here.

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