Exploring values

through constructive dialogue

Technodigenous initially launched in October 2020 with three virtual convenings around “Sovereignty of Travel.” The event in October kicked off a robust discourse between Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants and produced results that have inspired us to continue hosting gatherings that push forward this work of co-designing and building together.

Our June 2021 theme for Technodigenous is Diversity of Tenure and Technology.


EVENT 01 | Sovereignty of Travel | October 6-8, 2020


EVENT 02 | June 1-2, 2021

Diversity of Tenure

and Technology

About this event:

Indigenous Peoples and local communities live on and manage more than half of the world’s land. These biodiverse ancestral lands are vital to the people who steward them and the planet we all share. Today, only ten percent of the land on which Indigenous Peoples and local communities live is formally, legally owned by them. As guardians of their ancestral territories, Indigenous Peoples ensure the continuity of thriving cultures and the protection of 80% of the biodiversity we all depend on. Securing their access to these natural resources and securing land tenure rights is an essential foundation for indigenous and local communities to maintain their livelihoods; exercise their civil, social, cultural, political, and economic rights; and contribute to local, national, and global sustainable development.

While the paths Indigenous Peoples follow to secure their tenure and ensure the governance of their territories are varied, technology is increasingly playing a key role supporting them in this journey. When such technology is co-designed by them, it strengthens Indigenous Peoples’ diverse approaches to protect their ancestral territory.



June 1 | 10:00 – 12:00 pm PST (UTC-7) / 19:00 – 21:00 CEST (UTC+2)
Opening and Welcome

Introduction of Technodigenous: Diversity of Tenure and Technology
Global Acknowledgement
Purpose, Program, Etiquette

Special thanks to our event host and emcee, Fred Pearce, environment writer at The Guardian, and author of The Last Generation: How nature will take her revenge for climate change.

Recap of the first Technodigenous Event
Overview of the outcomes and partnerships that were formed as a result of the first Technodigenous event in October, 2020.
We will hear from Kara Solar about the conversations which continued after the last Technodigenous event, for the replication of their solar-powered river transportation initiative to other territories beyond the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Grounding Panel for a Better Understanding on Diversity of Tenure
Sharing the importance of diversity of perspective regarding land and forest Tenure, grounded on the experience of Indigenous Peoples and their partners: Dominique Bikaba from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cristina Coc from Belize, and Paul Roughan from Solomons Islands.
Q&A from audience, moderated by our facilitator Fred Pearce
Feedback, Wrap Up, Closing Remarks


June 2 | 10:00 – 12:00 pm PST (UTC-7) / 19:00 – 21:00 CEST (UTC+2)
Recap and Co-designing Principles
We recap our learnings from Day 1
Together we discuss principles for co-designing with Indigenous communities.
Co-design Examples and Experiences
When Indigenous and non-Indigenous technologists and creators co-design in a respectful and thoughtful nature, good things can happen which benefit humankind and the world around us. In this session we will hear about three examples:
  • Mapeo in Guyana with Emily Jacobi, Ron James, and Hernán Payaguaje
  • Cadasta in Liberia with Arthur B. Cassell III and Frank Pichel
  • Community Forest Resource Rights in India with Avijit Chatterjee and Shamil Khedgika
Panel discussion and Q&A from audience, moderated by our facilitator Fred Pearce
Feedback, Wrap Up, Closing Remarks