Soliya CEO Waidehi Gokhale joined Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Executive Director of the Stevens Initiative; Chris Plutte, Managing Director of the Bezos Family Foundation; and Wendy Kopp, co-founder and CEO of Teach for All, for a panel on virtual exchange at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Titled "Virtual Exchange: Building Empathy and Human Connection Through Digital Story Telling," the panel explored how facilitated, cross-cultural discussions inspire in young adults the curiousity and willigness to better understand both the self and the other.
Soliya is honored to be a Global Pluralism Award finalist and humbled to be among the nine other finalists working to build a more pluralistic society! The award is administered by the Global Centre for Pluralism and recognizes achievements in promoting inclusion. The full announcement, including descriptions of each finalist, can be read here.
Youth Engagement Officer Dorra Amara and Connect Program Manager Myriam Labidi presented a tech-demo of Soliya's virtual exchange platform at RightsCon, the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age, in Tunis. Dorra and Myriam spoke about how our platform, the Exchange Portal, was specifically designed for empathy, our innovation in bringing people together and enabling inclusion through dialogue across differences. Soliya's Finance & Operations Manager Ahmed Ghamgui and Engagement Programs Intern Yosr Salhi also attended as conference volunteers.