Hosted by the Amazon Aid Foundation and
Wake Forest University’s Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (CEES)



Wednesday, February 15, 2023
10:30am to 1:30pm
New York time (ET)

Thursday, February 16, 2023
10:30am to 1:30pm
New York time (ET)

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Zoom Link
(Use the same link for both the 15th and the 16th)
Meeting ID: 984 7335 2628
Passcode: 547913

If you need to access the meeting by phone, email Christina@amazonaid.org for those numbers.


  • Build trusting connections between participants
  • Align around a vision for a design team for Amazon Gold Supply Chain Working Group
  • Create a clear and deeply shared goal for Working Group

Collaborative Innovation Model and Process:

This event is intended to build toward the creation of a participatory decision-making working group based on the collaborative innovation network model. We will describe the model and our vision for the working group more during the event. In the meantime, here is some background you may find informative:

An Introduction to Collaborative Innovation Networks
(CoCreative) one-page description, one-minute read

“Collaborative Innovation: What It Is, How It’s Different & What It Takes”
(CoCreative) blog post, five-minute read

“Collaborative Innovation: What It Is, How It’s Different & What It Takes”
(CoCreative) one-hour webinar


Day One
  • Welcome, intent, and context
  • Round of introductions
  • Overview of proposed process
  • Role of design team in collaborative innovation network process
  • Connecting around shared values

Brief Break (10 minutes)

  • Tour Guiding: Our journey to today

Brief Break (10 minutes)

  • Drafting a shared vision for working group
  • Request for volunteer Review Team to revise and refine the shared vision
  • Wrap-up
Day Two
  • Check in
  • Reviewing shared vision
  • Drafting a shared goal for working group

Brief Break (10 minutes)

  • Group discussion
  • Brief Break
  • Roles and next steps
  • Wrap up

Key Resources/Pre-Meeting References

https://amazonaid.org/podcast/ – Podcast
(Amazon Aid, Wake Forest University – CEES, CINCIA, WWF)
– 45 minutes
In this podcast, we hear from some of the world’s leading experts about the latest research into ASGM’s environmental impacts on the Amazon Rainforest – including the catastrophic toll on human health in the Amazon region and beyond. It also examines issues related to rights of local communities, as well as what responsibility corporations have to solve the issue.

Password: losamigos!!
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“The scientists restoring a gold-mining disaster zone in the Peruvian Amazon”
(Nature/CINCIA) – 3-minute read

Nature follows the scientists restoring a gold-mining disaster zone in the Peruvian Amazon: Months after the military expelled thousands of illegal miners from La Pampa, researchers gained access to a sandy wasteland.

“Illegal Mining Has Muddied Tropical Rivers Worldwide”
(Science.org) – 3-minute read

Silt overload and mercury pollution endanger river ecosystems—and the people who depend on them.

“Alarming Levels of Mercury Are Found in Old Growth Amazon Forest”
4-minute read

Alarming Levels of Mercury Are Found in Old Growth Amazon Forest-new evidence of how people are altering ecosystems in dangerous ways.

“Tracking Amazon Gold”
(Amazon Aid) – Full-length report

This report gives an overview of the impacts of gold mining in each of the eight Amazonian countries, including the well-documented impacts of mercury contamination and human rights violations, as well as some lesser-known impacts, such as carbon emissions and outbreaks of malaria among poor miners. It also describes the major on-the-ground solutions underway to reduce the impacts of destructive gold mining.

“River of Gold” film
(English language version) – 1 hr. documentary

River of Gold is the harrowing account of a clandestine journey to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle by illicit small-scale gold mining. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists, led by Enrique Ortiz, a Peruvian scientist and activist, expose mining’s unthinkable, apocalyptic destruction and its global consequences.

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“Annual Gold Demand Soars To New Record High” – Article 1 minute read
The World Gold Council’s latest Gold Demand Trends report reveals that annual gold demand (excluding OTC) in 2022 increased by 18% year-on-year, hitting 4,741t – the highest annual total since 2011.