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Melissa Jun Rowley is an entrepreneur, activist and international speaker focused on the intersection of storytelling, technology and social justice. As the founder and CEO of Humanise, Inc., she is building TheToolbox,org a data-driven, humanitarian initiative co-founded by Peter Gabriel. Passionate about global travel, Melissa spoke at TEDx Adventure in the Panamanian jungle between hiking and waterfall diving excursions at the end of 2011. She has also hiked through the rainforest and visited organic farms in Costa Rica, while writing about the country’s eco-tourism industry. In 2013, she traveled to Seoul, Korea to write a Huffington Post series about Korean adoption laws. In 2012, she delivered the keynote address at the Social Media Down Under conference in Sydney, Australia. Melissa also spoke at the Social Good Summit 2015 about the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. She often writes about gender issues, youth advocacy, and the importance of digital inclusion. Her written work includes features for Fast Company, CBS News, NBC, Mic.com, Huffington Post, Mashable, Village Voice Media, Discovery News, BlogHer, MTV, Cisco's Technology News Network and the Smart+Connected Communities Institute. Previously, Melissa was a field producer for CNN and Associated Press Television News. She was also an on-camera correspondent for the Super Bowl and the interactive series "What's Trending." During her TV producing and on-camera days, she flew zero gravity at NASA, produced business updates from the New York Stock Exchange, and produced live shows covering the Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammys and Academy Awards. A die-hard believer in the brilliance and tenacity of young people, Melissa is a mentor for Three Dot Dash, an initiative of Nile Rodgers' nonprofit the We Are Family Foundation, which supports Global Teen Leaders around the world who are actively working to promote a more peaceful society.
Creates STEM-focused content for Cisco's Technology news network and produces stories on social enterprise and digital innovation for the Smart+Connected Communities Institute.
The Toolbox, a digital platform that educates and connects citizen activists, social entrepreneurs, and technologists working to solve the world’s toughest problems. Powered by Humanise, Inc. and founded by iconic artist and human rights activist, Peter Gabriel, Toolbox provides easy access to a growing database of 600+ mobile apps, web applications, and other tech-infused tools to spark and support positive change in an array of areas, including health, education, human rights, relief efforts, environmental sustainability, gender equality, governance, social enterprise, and activism itself. Framing the database is an editorial platform for reporting on the intersection of technology and social change. But more than a gateway to resources and a platform for dialogue, the Toolbox is cultivating something we call “Apptivism” — a movement that connects nonprofits and activists with skilled digital designers, developers, and entrepreneurs to create powerful tools for social change.
Humanise, Inc. is a human rights media company collaborating with local communities to foster digital inclusion to alleviate the socio-economic gap.
Melissa Rowley has not indicated any interests.