Rachel Brown

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Rachel brings expertise from diverse fields together to design effective communication-based interventions that prevent violence. She is the author of Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide for Counteracting Dangerous Speech, a practitioner guide (developed with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide) that combines knowledge and methodologies from fields such as cognitive neuroscience, marketing, and behavioral psychology. Currently, Rachel is developing and piloting a new approach that brings local practitioners together with cutting edge experts from these same fields to design strategic communication-based interventions. She also trains and supports organizations seeking to counter dangerous speech in their communities. Rachel was a 2012 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow for her previous work founding and leading Sisi ni Amani Kenya, a Kenyan-based organization which is internationally recognized as a pioneer in developing effective approaches to using technology and communication-based interventions to support local peace activists. Sisi ni Amani Kenya used a text messaging platform in combination with grassroots programming to organize, educate, and engage communities in violence prevention and civic engagement throughout Kenya’s 2013 election cycle.
  • Fellow 2012 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2012
  • Speaker PopTech 2016
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At PopTech: Violence interruption leveraged by mobile phones

At PopTech: Violence interruption leveraged by mobile phones

A raft of data supports the public health approach to preventing violence and cultivating peace. Treating violence like a communicable disease that spreads rapidly among people and groups provides a proven effective stratagem for tracking and interrupting an outbreak and preventing further spread.

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Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Rachel Brown

Meet the 2012 Social Innovation Fellows: Rachel Brown

PopTech’s renowned Social Innovation Fellows program works with a select group of visionary change agents to provide training, increased visibility and access to a social network that can help them raise their efforts to new heights. We recently announced our Class of 2012 Social Innovation Fellows and we’re excited to share their world-changing work

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Announcing the Social Innovation Fellows Class of 2012

Announcing the Social Innovation Fellows Class of 2012

PopTech is delighted to announce the Social Innovation Fellows Class of 2012!The members of this year’s class are addressing major global challenges by connecting health workers, bringing clean water to children, building farmers’ incomes, using unmanned aerial vehicles for remote deliveries of medical supplies, fighting for Internet privacy, and much more. Read more »