The Four Acts
The primary aim of DNA is to bring together some of the most innovative minds in the world to have them co-create for social change. The DNA equation is: Conversation + Collaboration + CHANGE
“The aims of Decide Now Act are of the utmost importance. From education to disaster relief and infrastructure development we are bringing together the best and the brightest from every field to create a global network of experts that can help in any eventuality.”
The Chairman of DNA, Mark Florman
The Four Acts are:
For the technology Act, DNA is partnering with British Airways. The airline is launching their first UnGrounded Innovation Lab in the Sky, flying 100 Silicon Valley founders and leaders from San Francisco to London. While on board they will use the 11-hour flight to design a platform to inspire and connect the next generation of innovators from the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to accelerate innovation in developed and developing communities. The results will be shared upon landing with the Secretary General of the ITU.
Business and Finance
As part of the Business/Finance Act, which is being lead by the UN Office for Partnerships, there is also an opportunity for UK businesses to bid for the “DNA-Profit with Purpose Prize”, run in collaboration with Bridges Ventures. Bridges Ventures is a specialist fund manager which invests where market forces and entrepreneurship can be harnessed to do well by doing good. The prize, comprising of an equity investment of £100k and hands-on support from the Bridges Ventures team and a group of experienced entrepreneurs and angel investors, will go to a charismatic entrepreneur committed to making a positive change in the world by building a scalable business delivering both attractive financial returns and compelling social or environmental impact.
UNOP will also lead the Sport Act, the creation of a network of global sporting heroes that will sign up to community service for deprived communities around the world.
The final DNA Act is in conjunction with UN OCHA (UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs) and plans create “A Humanitarian Super Highway”, an international 999 network of humanitarians from a cross sector of industries that OCHA can immediately call upon when disaster strikes.
“We need collaboration and innovation to tackle and respond effectively to an increasing number of crises and to help more than 51 million people around the world cope with humanitarian emergencies. Increasingly, technology is shaping the way we provide aid. Faster and targeted communication and information mapping tools help us to provide aid quickly to the people who need it most.
“The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is proud to be part of the DNA Summit (Decide Act Now) an event that brings together some of the world’s most innovative minds. We have to work to make sure that what we do has an influence or an impact on what is happening in the world. We all have a contribution to make and the potential to do even more to help people around the world.”
Baroness Valerie Amos – UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs