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AI for Humanity

Technology, including artificial intelligence, should work for people and our planet, not vice versa. Join this Action Lab to cut through the noise about artificial intelligence, better understand how philanthropy can engage with today’s technological innovation, and discover opportunities for partnership and impact.


What is the AI for Humanity Action Lab about?

The AI for Humanity Action Lab (AIAL) is a collaboration between Forward Global and Omidyar Network. The initiative is being launched in response to requests from Forward Global members, and as part of Omidyar Network’s strategy to promote Inclusive and Responsible Development of Generative AI.

 

The Action Lab aims to help participants cut through the noise about artificial intelligence, better understand how philanthropy can engage with today’s technological innovation, and discover opportunities for partnership and impact. The Action Lab will convene monthly for six one hour sessions through the end of 2024, with the possibility to extend the Action Lab into 2025, should demand exist.

 

We will encourage participants to share ideas and funding opportunities outside of these sessions, including the sharing of opportunities through the group listserv. We will encourage participants to avoid direct and unsolicited pitching during the live sessions, to protect the space for candid and open discussion and learning.

What will we cover in the sessions?
  • Topics will include:
  • History of tech and humanity, including artificial intelligence (AI)
    Challenges and opportunities with AI and jobs (a crossover with the New Economy Action Lab)
    AI, belonging, and mental health
    AI, business practices & the role of social investors
    AI, philanthropy, and unintended consequences

 

More sessions and a full agenda for the year will be confirmed in Spring 2024.

Is this still relevant if I’m not funding AI?

Artificial intelligence will change the world as we know it, with new risks and opportunities for democracy, climate, human rights, education, health and more. This Action Lab is an excellent and easy way to stay in the loop and better understand how your approach can mitigate systemic risks, and make the most of the opportunities, even if this is not your direct funding area.

Do I have to commit to the full year?

We encourage those interested to register, join the first session and then decide if they would like to join the Action Lab for the full year. While the commitment helps build an intimate and trusted peer space for all participants, we also understand that it may not be possible to join a specific session. The Action Lab will remain open across the year – all new participants will be invited to introduce themselves to the group in the first session, in order to ensure intimacy and trust.

When should I register?

As soon as you can! By registering, you will receive the first emails sharing more about the first-year agenda, and will have the ability to contribute ideas and suggestions to the agenda during the design phase.
If you’d like to ask any questions, register your interest, join the listserv, or contribute ideas directly, please email community@forward-global.org.