Recently, Elizabeth Ngonzi, Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University (NYU) and Founder and CEO of The International Social Impact Institute (The ISII), delivered a guest lecture on AI in policy advocacy at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. This blog post delves into how AI and digital storytelling, integral to The ISII’s AI for Impact services, are transforming policy debates and decisions.
The Lecture Overview
In her presentation titled “Unlocking the Potential of AI in Policy Advocacy,” Ngonzi highlighted the critical role of AI in modern policy-making. She provided insights on how AI and generative AI are revolutionizing the policy landscape, introducing innovative approaches to analysis, decision-making, and public engagement. Ngonzi demonstrated ChatGPT and Canva Magic Design, showing their utility in enhancing stakeholder engagement, a key component of The ISII’s AI for Impact services.
Insights from the Presentation
Ngonzi emphasized the power of storytelling in policy advocacy, drawing parallels between childhood storybooks and complex policy narratives. She discussed how generative AI, a central aspect of The ISII’s services, can transform dense policy topics into engaging stories. Despite some students’ concerns about AI’s challenges and perceptions of “cheating,” others recognized its utility in enhancing their work and academic assignments.
The Broader Course Context
Elizabeth Ngonzi’s lecture was the final component of the NYU course on energy, environment, and resource security, which featured a diverse array of experts in the field. Each speaker contributed valuable insights into the multifaceted challenges within these sectors, providing a holistic understanding of the current landscape. Jackson Ewing’s discussion on climate finance, Steve LeVine’s analysis of the EV battery landscape, and DeLaine Mayer’s exploration of space resource geopolitics offered varied perspectives that enriched the students’ learning experience.
These diverse topics set the stage for Ngonzi’s lecture on AI in policy advocacy, which introduced an innovative angle on how technology intersects with policy challenges. The session underscored the practical applications of AI, a focal point of The ISII’s AI for Impact services, in addressing complex policy issues. Her approach effectively demonstrated how AI could be harnessed to create impactful narratives and strategies, aligning well with The ISII’s commitment to leveraging technology for societal benefit.
This blend of technological innovation with policy advocacy, as showcased in Ngonzi’s lecture, highlights the unique value of The ISII’s AI for Impact services. These services are designed to empower professionals in these critical sectors to utilize AI for enhanced decision-making, stakeholder engagement, and effective communication, reinforcing the importance of technology in shaping the future of policy development. For a deeper dive into the course’s highlights and reflections on Ngonzi’s guest lecture, read Carolyn Kissane’s insightful LinkedIn post.
The Importance of AI in Professional Development
Ngonzi explored the transformative role of AI in enhancing professional skills, focusing on personal branding and stakeholder engagement—key areas of The ISII’s AI for Impact services. She demonstrated how AI can optimize LinkedIn profiles, a vital tool for professionals, aligning their digital presence with career aspirations.
The potential of AI in policy-making is immense, as highlighted by Ngonzi’s lecture. Her closing quote encapsulates the vision for AI in policy:
To learn more about our AI for Impact services and to explore further educational opportunities, visit The ISII Services page and Elizabeth Ngonzi’s NYU Faculty page for information on her Spring 2024 courses, including AI for Impact and Digital Storytelling for Fundraising.