PopTech Announces Climate Resilience Lab

Multi-year Effort Seeks to Amplify Vulnerable Populations’ Capacity to Contend 
with Climate Disruption, Particularly Among Women and Girls

First Gathering to be Convened in Nairobi, Kenya in February 2012

Camden, ME and New York, NY — October 20, 2011 — PopTech, the global innovation network, today announced its next major Lab initiative on climate resilience. Each PopTech Lab brings together carefully chosen, peer networks of scientific, technical and social innovators, community stakeholders, designers and thought leaders to work together to uncover new, unconventional approaches to tackling some of the world’s most difficult challenges.

“From water and agriculture to culture and economics, a changing climate is already having a disruptive impact on vulnerable communities around the world,” said Andrew Zolli, Executive Director of PopTech. “This Lab will explore how new technologies, and new approaches, can be used to bolster the resilience of these communities, and of women and adolescent girls in particular.”

“We’ve entered an age where communities will need climate-resilience strategies and solutions more than ever before,” said Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and who co-accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of its efforts. “Initiatives like PopTech’s that accelerate such efforts are urgently needed.”

“Change begins with a girl. They directly or indirectly manage many of the critical systems most often affected by climate disruption,” said Maria Eitel, President and CEO of the Nike Foundation, one of the Lab’s major partners. “We’re excited to partner with PopTech to explore new possibilities for amplifying the resilience of adolescent girls which will contribute to unleashing the Girl Effect.”

The first meeting of the PopTech Climate Resilience network will convene February 7-11, 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya to explore new, collaborative opportunities to bolster the resilience and adaptive capacity of vulnerable populations. According to Andrew Zolli, Executive Director of PopTech, “Our selection of Kenya as the setting for the Lab was intentional and will provide participants with a unique immersion into the immense humanitarian challenges being experienced in the Horn of Africa.”

A key goal of the Lab is the instigation of collaborative partnerships among Lab participants. “Given the scale of climate issues we face, and the impact climate has on everything from food security to economic security, innovative collaboration is essential to uncovering new solutions,” said Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, and a supporting partner in the Lab. The outcomes growing out of the Climate Resilience Lab will be shared at various PopTech convenings and published reports throughout 2012.

For more information on the PopTech Climate Resilience Lab, or to explore avenues of organizational collaboration or support, please visit poptech.org/climate_lab , or email climatelab@poptech.org.

The program is made possible with the partnership of the Nike Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

About PopTech
PopTech is a new kind of innovation accelerator – a community of cutting-edge leaders, thinkers and doers from many different disciplines who come together to explore the social impact of technology and the forces of change shaping the future. PopTech’s one-of-a-kind network includes innovators in wide-ranging fields such as science, technology, green energy, sustainable ecomaterials, violence cessation, design, and the corporate, entrepreneurial and social sectors. PopTech’s mission is to accelerate the positive impact of world-changing people, projects and ideas and to foster unconventional collaborations that tackle some of the world’s most significant challenges and lead to real and lasting change. PopTech is a non-profit 501©(3) organization. Please visit poptech.org for more information.

About the Nike Foundation
The Nike Foundation is a non-profit organization supported by NIKE, Inc., that is dedicated to investing in adolescent girls as the most powerful force for change in the developing world. NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.

About the Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission to promote the well-being of people throughout the world has remained unchanged since its founding in 1913. Today, that mission is applied to an era of rapid globalization. Our vision is that this century will be one in which globalization’s benefits are more widely shared and its challenges are more easily weathered. To realize this vision, the Foundation seeks to achieve two fundamental goals in our work. First, we seek to build resilience that enhances individual, community and institutional capacity to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of acute crises and chronic stresses. Second, we seek to promote growth with equity in which the poor and vulnerable have more access to opportunities that improve their lives. In order to achieve these goals, the Foundation constructs its work into time-bound initiatives that have defined objectives and strategies for impact. These initiatives address challenges that lie either within or at the intersections of five issue areas: basic survival safeguards, global health, environment and climate change, urbanization, and social and economic security.