The Oslo Freedom Forum in New York
On September 19, the Oslo Freedom Forum experience and community will come to New York's Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, in a one-day version of the annual Norwegian event. Join us for riveting talks, world-class networking, interactive exhibits, music, art, comedy, and conversations between courageous activists and leaders from business, philanthropy, technology, and media.
Speakers will include HRF chairman Garry Kasparov, Saudi women's rights activist and "Daring to Drive" author Manal al-Sharif, twice-poisoned Russian civil society organizer Vladimir Kara-Murza, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, Harvard cognitive scientist and "Better Angels of Our Nature" author Steven Pinker, North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho, British-Somali anti-FGM activist Leyla Hussein, Equatoguinean anti-corruption advocate Tutu Alicante, Pakistani squash phenom Maria Toorpakai, Serbian nonviolence expert and "Blueprint for Revolution" author Srdja Popovic, and Iranian former prisoner of conscience and "Prisoner of Tehran" author Marina Nemat.
The day will begin at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, with an Interactive Expo, where participants can meet each other and explore projects and products of organizations working at the intersection of human rights and other fields like technology, fashion, and media. Examples include a virtual reality project from Committee to Protect Journalists taking us inside an infamous Iranian prison; an interactive exhibit from Witness showing us the latest tools in citizen journalism; and a fashion display by Dear Leader, showing off their new sunglasses line customized for various Oslo Freedom Forum speakers.
Programming will also feature a series of working lunches focusing on topics ranging from how to liberate political prisoners to how to recruit hackers to the human rights movement. A range of side events and networking opportunities will accompany the main programming, including a "Wear Your Values" fashion show on September 14, an opening press conference on September 18 hosted by the Norwegian government, and an Art in Protest exhibit. To learn more about the Wear Your Values fashion show please contact Jim Warnock at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Art in Protest, please contact Holly Baxter at email@example.com.
Sponsors of OFF in New York include Jigsaw, Humanity United, the Levi Strauss Foundation, and the Cordes Foundation. Supporters and expo partners include Dear Leader, Witness, Remake, Raw Spirit, Knomo, Fashion 4 Freedom, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
OFF in New York is open only to registered participants. Learn more and apply to attend here.
Events will be live-streamed at oslofreedomforum.com and you can follow along on social media for on-the-ground coverage. Main stage programming will also be shown on a big screen at the High Line on Sept. 19. For more updates on the program, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.