Catalysts

2016 OSLO FREEDOM FORUM

MAY 23-25, 2016

A single spark can start a raging fire, which is why the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum is dedicated to catalysts: women and men who have realized that while individuals can’t change the world on their own, the world can’t change without individuals. That even if you are the first person to stand up, you won’t find yourself standing alone for long.

The 2016 forum brought together the world’s most passionate human rights advocates for an unforgettable three-day summit dedicated to promoting human rights around the globe.

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“Like Comicon, only the heroes are real.”
Vice

No other gathering in the world compares to the Forum’s unique mix of dissidents, philanthropists, journalists, artists, entrepreneurs, and world leaders,

all of whom come to Norway each year for an immersive, collaborative experience focused on developing the knowledge and tools to unleash human potential across the globe.

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Tech Labs

Tech Labs

Defending human rights in the 21st century requires tech savvy. The 2016 OFF Tech Lab brought together Twitter, Jigsaw, and seven other of the world’s foremost tech companies and organizations for a full day of hands-on sessions on how to leverage the latest innovations in the fight for freedom.

Workshops

Workshops

The forum isn’t just a place for compelling storytelling. The event also hosts workshops where human rights advocates work together to develop cutting-edge, effective strategies for building coalitions and driving reform. The 2016 forum featured discussions on free speech, investing in human rights, media freedom in Europe, and the future of video advocacy.

Performances

Performances

Art and music have always been a powerful form of dissent. The Oslo Freedom Forum celebrates this idea with incredible performances by some of the world’s most famous artists and musicians. This year’s forum featured performances from Swedish singer-songwriter José Gonzalez and performance artist Tomáš Kubínek, as well as an exhibit of political cartoons from 29 of the world’s top cartoonists, curated by The New Yorker’s Liza Donnelly.

Havel Prize

Havel Prize

Named for the playwright and poet who led the nonviolent revolution that freed Czechoslovakia from communist rule, the Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent celebrates human rights advocates who use fresh ideas to challenge arbitrary power. The 2016 laureates were Uzbek photojournalist Umida Akhmedova, Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, and Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky.

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“Davos for dissidents.”
BBC

The Oslo Freedom Forum Is A One-of-a-kind Event

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