Platon at Davos 2017

In January, Platon and 40 other cultural leaders participated in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland, to speak truth to power and inspire more responsive and responsible leadership.

Platon's presentation, entitled "The Invisible Conflict," highlights the strength and resilience of those whose lives are intertwined with the conflict mineral trade in the Congo. The event was moderated by Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, and due to popular demand, Platon was asked to deliver this talk twice. 

Perspectives in Philanthropy: Shaping Your Approach

On November 17 Platon spoke about The People's Portfolio at Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society as part of a series of learning journeys designed for high capacity philanthropists. In collaboration with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, Perspectives in Philanthropy explored the journeys of individual philanthropists, leading foundations, and exemplary for- and non-profit organizations on the front lines of achieving large-scale impact. 

Conference on Scaling Impact

On June 22 Platon served as keynote speaker at the 2016 Conference on Scaling Impact held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in collaboration with Morgan Stanley. The conference brought together funders, advisors and leaders from across the social sector to share knowledge, learn about innovative co-funding opportunities and develop a community to help scale top initiatives and build the field. It also gave other NGOs and philanthropists the opportunity to learn about The People's Portfolio and its mission to raise awareness and incite action. 


Center for Civil and Human Rights Opening

Platon’s life-sized portraits of human rights defenders—including a 36-foot mural—are part of the permanent exhibition at the new Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, for which Platon is the Creative Director at Large. 

“Platon’s defining images are bringing the story of human rights to life for our visitors,” said Doug Shipman, the CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.  “His portraits introduce us to rights defenders on the front lines—a doctor fighting sexual violence in the Congo, an LGBT advocate in Russia, or a woman’s rights activist from Iran.  Platon’s work shows these brave people not as victims of state repression but as true heroes of our time.” 

See press coverage of the event here.

Defenders Portraits for World Humanitarian Day 

Our Human Rights Defenders portraits were used to promote awareness for World Humanitarian Day in print ads and in Times Square in New York City. You can learn more about the portraits here.