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With the prototyping phase in full swing, we are all working towards making our ideas ready to be implemented. But how does that work exactly, making things real. And can we learn from others? In this episode of the Atrocity Prevention Challenge Update, we learn about how OpenIDEATOR Louise Wilson took her My Fail Tale idea, and made it real.

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As we enter our Atrocity Prevention Challenge Prototyping phase – we checked in with Patrick Meier from our challenge expert panel. Patrick is an internationally recognised thought leader in the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience.

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We’ve been on an awesome journey in the Atrocity Prevention Challenge Ideas phase with over 150 posted ideas and more than 1000 conversations strengthening those ideas. Today we’re announcing our Top 17 shortlist. As we head into the Prototyping phase, we as a community start to gaze deep into each of these high potential ideas and ask what are the core questions that will increase their impact and test those out.

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We recently talked with USAID and Humanity United about the ideas that you’ve submitted so far for the Atrocity Prevention Challenge. They’ve been inspired by both the diversity of ideas and depth of conversations they’ve seen in the comments on the platform so far. Keep it up!

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To inform our community collaboration on the Atrocity Prevention Challenge, we're keen to share first-hand perspectives from those who have experience in contexts of mass violence. Zeinab Blandia is a peacemaker from Sudan, and has been described as a point person for creating community and maintaining peace in the Nuba Mountains.

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As our efforts continue in the Atrocity Prevention Challenge Ideas phase, we thought we'd offer some pointers. After all, with such a pressing topic and so many directions in which to head with our new ideas, where and how do we get started? Enter Challenge Themes: a handy tool we use on every challenge to guide and focus our Ideas phase.

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To inform our community collaboration on the Atrocity Prevention Challenge, we're keen to share first-hand perspectives from those who have experience in contexts of mass violence. Dr. Isaac Gang is a South Sudanese-American Educator, peace facilitator and political and human rights activist. He was formerly a child soldier in the South Sudanese rebel movement.

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We had the lucky opportunity to sit down with one of the experts for the challenge, Mike Abramowitz, Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. We asked him for his insight into the importance of this issue and areas that the community could consider exploring during the inspiration phase.

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