Jon Bellish is director of Future Labs, which designs and supports program strategies for the One Earth Future Foundation (OEF). OEF is a Boulder, CO-based operating foundation looking to harness the power of networks to undermine drivers of war, currently operating in Somalia, Colombia, and on issues of African maritime governance. Future Labs’s latest project, the Shared Awareness, Fusion, and Engagement (SAFE) Network, is looking to leverage nonclassified data and intelligence and mobilize a network of trusted and credible third parties to minimize the risk of a nuclear war that nobody wants. Prior to joining OEF in 2010, Jon wrote and consulted on the international law of maritime piracy and worked in advertising and public relations. Jon has his JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and an MBA from Millsaps College.
I’m most excited to work on projects that… touch on decentralized monitoring, track 1.5 diplomacy, engage journalists, and apply human-centered design to these issues.
I’m looking for partners that can help me with… open source, commercial, and crowd-sourced data, intelligence, and analytics.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… witnessing our Colombia program win the trust of the FARC negotiating team in Havana two days prior to the Colombian Peace Accords.
Innovations in my field I’m most excited to work on… rapid prototyping for innovation in peace program design and applying network theory to program design and evaluation—I call that “high-impact philanthropy.”