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We are an incubator for art and technology that inspirits human connection in imaginative ways. We build creative solutions to some of the world’s seemingly insurmountable challenges – from countering violent extremism to ending modern day slavery to dismantling dangerous militant groups to combating hate speech. We partner with NGOs, foundations, governments, UN agencies and the private sector to test, develop, implement and diffuse scalable models. We make virtual reality films to psychosocial interventions to mobile cinema.

Our team of artists, social scientists, policy experts and peacebuilders view the world through the lens of how narratives influence human behavior. Stories are potent, and embedded in scalable interventions, can accomplish incredible things. Our name, Novo, means to make new. We believe that our world’s challenges deserve new approaches to solve them, and that human flourishing is possible.

We reach beyond.

Our Values

  • Innovation

    • Innovation is a dynamic process, focusing on the creation and implementation of new products, services and paradigms to improve efficiency and effectiveness of outcomes that improve well-being. We are interested in conception to scale-up and do not consider novelty as good in itself, rather we judge innovations on the basis of their proven ability to advance human flourishing.

  • Imagination

    • Imagination is the capacity to give birth to something new that in its very birthing changes our world. Imagination moves in a different sphere for it seeks and creates a space beyond the pieces that exist. Not confined by what is, or what is known, imagination is the art of creating what does not exist.

  • Interconnection

    • Interconnection is anchored in the truth that human action and inaction have vast ripple effects in time and space and that dissolving barriers to engender positive contact and collaboration is good for everyone. Ingenuity can be found in every corner of the world, and we believe that only by working together can everyone be safer, more equal and more free.

What We Do

Research

Media Production

Intervention Design

Impact Evaluation

Our Founder


Lindsay Branham is the Founder of Novo. She is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and social scientist, dedicated to leveraging media and technology to end violence and human rights abuses. She is a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace and was named the inaugural Envision social good fellow by the Independent Film Project and the United Nations.Prior to founding Novo, Lindsay served as a media behavior change specialist for UNICEF and Search for Common Ground, and was a freelance journalist for CNN and the BBC. Lindsay leads research and production globally for Novo. Lindsay is certified in refugee trauma and mental health recovery from Harvard Medical School, holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California and an MPhil in Social Psychology from the University of Cambridge, summa cum laude.

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