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Wednesday, May 16 • 16:00 - 17:00
"Competition Is For Losers": How Can We Scale Collaborations that Challenge the Kleptocrats?

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When Peter Thiel coined the phrase 'Competition is for losers', he meant: don't start a business, start a monopoly. In a 2014 Wall Street Journal piece, he expanded on this, saying 'creating value isn't enough - you also need to capture some of the value you create'.

How do we define the value of journalism? Is it what turns a profit - clickbait, political gossip, or propaganda - or grows an audience, or something else?

The crisis in journalism is about business models to a point, but it goes far deeper. Real value in journalism is created when it challenges power (whether governments, individuals and corporations - especially monopolies) and inspires change. This is how journalism can support citizens and defend democracy.

But it often seems that the journalism that focuses on these outcomes captures almost none of the enormous social and financial value it creates. How can we solve that?

Learning from the powerful is an important part of the answer. The informal networks that generate the wealth, power and influence that govern our world are intensely collaborative, pragmatic - and global. Recent investigative projects and partnerships show there is appetite to mirror this, in order to produce results which hold the powerful to account and spark change. But there is so much more to do.

In this session we will explore what some of the most successful collaborations have been, and how they can be replicated. But we also hope to define barriers that curtail growth in accountability journalism, and find ways to overcome or circumvent them.

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Tom King

Director, Aviso
I work with non-profit media and civil society organisations to help them grow, while aiming to identify and address the systemic challenges that get in the way of strengthening and expanding democracies and open societies.Currently, I am working on strategic development with global... Read More →

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Felipe Estefan

Director of Investments, Omidyar Network
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Mary Fitzgerald

Editor-in-Chief, Open Democracy
Mary Fitzgerald is Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy, the global non-profit media platform that seeks to challenge power and inspire change. Before joining oD she worked for Avaaz, the global campaigning organisation, and is a former Senior Editor of Prospect Magazine. She is a trustee... Read More →
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Veda Hlubinka-Cook

Executive Director, Factful
Veda Hlubinka-Cook is the Executive Director of Factful, a nonprofit developing technology to fight transnational corruption. She is a co-founder of Metaweb, the developer of Freebase, a massive entity-relationship database, acquired by Google in 2010 as the basis for their Knowledge... Read More →
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Mira Milosevic

Executive Director, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
* Joining online!Mira Milosevic is the Executive Director at Brussels-based Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD). She leads GFMD’s engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as GFMD’s international efforts... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 16:00 - 17:00 EDT