#39 New Media Advocacy Project, Adam Stofsky

“I’m a dreamer around cynics and a cynic around dreamers.”


Adam is the founder and executive director of the New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map). He is a graduate of Amherst College (1998) and Harvard Law School (2004). After finishing law school, Adam served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then received a Skadden Fellowship to work as a litigator at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In 2009 Adam won an Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship to found N-Map. Adam is a frequent speaker at convenings on human rights and innovation. He is also the founder and CEO of Briefly, a for profit social enterprise that seeks to make legal information more accessible. Otherwise Adam spends his time with his two year old son and support his wife who raises sheep, cattle and pigs on a farm in the Hudson Valley outside New York City.


N-Map is one of the world’s leading media and human rights groups. It advances human rights and social justice by using video and other media to strengthen legal advocacy in courts, legislatures and communities. At its heart, N-Map’s work addresses the need for greater participation in the legal and political process by those who have been directly impacted by abuse and injustice. Furthermore, communities most affected by violations are often unable to access key decision makers for a variety of financial, practical, or political reasons. N-Map has collaborated with dozens of human rights organisations around the world to merge media and storytelling into their advocacy. In 2014, N-Map was recognised as a technology and human rights leader when it received a “New Digital Age” award from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.


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