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BCIL Partners with Center for Humane Technology for Impact Challenge
by Katie McKellar, Assistant Director of the Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership

We are excited to announce that the Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership has partnered with the Center for Humane Technology for our next BCIL Impact Challenge: Identify a challenge related to the humane and healthy use of technology and propose a solution that advances systemic change. 

We encourage students to view the full description of the challenge here. Our call for proposals is open to students from across the country until April 15, 2021.

The Co-Founder of The Center for Humane Technology, Tristan Harris, spoke at Brentwood earlier this year as part of the Parent University Community Conversations series presented by the Parents Association. He stars in the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” which was one of the highest-ranked documentaries on Netflix in 2020. This documentary sparked debate about the harmful effects of social media on children and society. Winning entries in this BCIL Impact Challenge will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas directly to Harris and other thought leaders directly influencing tech companies and government policy, including Susan Reynolds (Co-Founder and Board Chair at and Randy Fernando (Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Humane, also featured in “The Social Dilemma”).

One of the goals of the BCIL Impact Challenges is to connect youth leaders throughout the United States who are interested in engaging with real world challenges. To that end, this week we bring together students from all regions of the country who submitted winning entries on our recent BCIL Impact Challenge on vaccine distribution. These students will have a chance to collaborate with each other and the BCIL team in preparation for their meeting with former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald, on March 18. Stay tuned for updates on the amazing proposals from these students! 

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