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The Social Innovation Summit is a global gathering of dreamers and doers, coming together to imagine,  build, and celebrate. Join us to be inspired by the changemakers in our community.

Theme: Radical Imagination

Radical Imagination is the ability to imagine the world as it might be, and to stretch the realm of possibilities through which we can bring about change.
What does radical imagination look like in the Palestinian context today? How do we learn from and honor the struggles that came before us? How does it manifest as solidarity beyond borders?
Radical imagination cannot be carried by one individual, but is a collective process. Join us for a two-day virtual summit as we engage in this process through the lens of art, ideas, history, and community.

A TRULY ENGAGING VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE!

Main Stage

Panel Discussions

Discussions on the most pressing topics related to Palestine today. Engage with speakers on topics related to the social impact sector.

Expo

Virtual Booths

Get to know and connect with impactful NGOs and social enterprises working in Palestine in addition to book readings

Sessions

Workshops & Tours

Learn from thought leaders and take tangible tools back to your community. Leave empowered to take action in your community. 

Networking Area

Networking Opportunities

Meet speakers and attendees from all over the world who are working for building a better future for Palestine

Schedule of Panel Discussions

Times listed are in Palestine Time (GMT +3)

Topics and scheduling are subject to change. For convenience, on-demand replays will be made available for all registered participants.
All panels are available in both languages, English and Arabic. Workshops are available in one language only.

Day 1 – Friday October 2, 2020

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15:00 – 15:45 (GMT+3)

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Opening Plenary

English/Arabic translation

What is Radical Imagination?

Globally, traditional structures of control and power have drastically changed landscapes and built infrastructures of seemingly indefinite permanence. The current pandemic is shining a spotlight on these power structures, and on the continued oppression of many communities around the world.

It also presents an opportunity:  for us to come together, reach beyond the limits of our imagination, and collectively work towards a radically different future. Building on the decades-long efforts of activists at home and across the globe, and in the context of internationalist solidarities, this panel seeks to use this very opportunity to explore that process of radical imagination in Palestine and beyond.    

Panelists: 

– Dr. Yara Hawari – Senior Palestine Policy Fellow @ Al-Shabaka

– Mariam Barghouti- Writer, researcher, political commentator

Moderator: 

– Dr. Sara Leila Husseini- Board Chair @ BuildPaelstine

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16:00 – 16:45 (GMT+3)

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Keynote Conversation

English/Arabic translation

Palestine on the global stage 

Keynote Conversation

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17:00 – 17:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Building an ecosystem for social innovation: inspiration from global models

What is meant by social innovation? Where are the strongest ecosystems to support social innovators? And how have communities supported changemakers to translate dreams into impactful action? 

This panel will feature global models of social innovation and discuss them in the context of Palestine. The goal is to identify opportunities to ignite the ecosystem in Palestine, while also embracing what makes the case of Palestine unique. 

Panelists: 

– Lana Abu Hijleh- WBG Country Director @ Global Communities 

– Adnane Addioui- Chief Visionary Officer @ Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

– Alberto Masetti-Zannini – Global Development Director @ Impact Hub 

Moderator: 

– Lama Amr – COO @ BuildPalestine

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18:00 – 18:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Reclaiming our imagination for paths to social change: a conversation with other movements

This panel is a conversation amongst organizers who have helped to build social and political movements within their own constituencies, with the goal of understanding the experiences of other movements and identifying potential lessons for the Palestinian context.

The panel will consider the following questions: What is the radical imagination in each of their contexts? How did/are they organiz(ing) towards that vision? How do we mobilize large groups of people/various sectors in society towards the same goal? What lessons are they learning/can they share?

Panelists: 

– Dilar Dirik- Researcher and Organizer @ Ceni Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace

– Reem Abbas- Sudanese Writer, Journalist, and Researcher

– Ahmad Nabil AbuZnaid – Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Moderator: 

– Inès Abdel Razek- Advocacy Director @ The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD)

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19:00 – 19:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Overcoming donor-dependency: How can philanthropy tackle the root-cause?

Palestine has long been deemed a ‘donor-dependent economy’ with international aid arguably doing more harm than good in the post-Oslo era. Despite this, there continues to be an important role for aid and philanthropy in supporting and empowering impact-driven initiatives.

How can we redirect philanthropic giving so that it tackles the root cause? What is the vision of impact we have for our community, and what is the role of the Diaspora in achieving this?

Panelists: 

– Yara Salem – Director General @ Taawon (Welfare Association) 

– Moukhtar Kocache – Strategy & Partnerships @ Rawa: Creative Palestinian Communities Fund

– Nora Lester Murad – Writer, Activist and Educator

Moderator: 

– Aziza Musa – Nonprofit Executive & BuildPalestine Board Member 

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20:00 – 20:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Impact investing in Palestine and the MENA region

The goal of this panel to understand impact investing and speak with seasoned  professionals about how to better attract investment and raise funds. How competitive is Palestine today in the global impact investment scene? How can we overcome the bottlenecks? Can COVID-19 promote regional economic integration and collaboration regardless of the political differences? 

Panelists: 

– Nassim Nour – Executive Director @ Sharakat- Palestine Investment Fund

– Samar Ali – Director @ Lodestone Advisory Group

– Mary Nazzal – Executive Chairperson @ 17 Ventures

Moderator: 

– Yara Asad – Advisor @ BuildPalestine 

Day 2 – Saturday October 3, 2020

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13:00 - 13:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Re-imagining our relation to land & nature: agriculture and the environment

In Palestine, decades of dispossession over our natural resources – especially land and water – have been accompanied by Palestinian official neoliberal policies that have encouraged exploitation, capital-driven agriculture, and use of natural resources. The Mediterranean is one of the most vulnerable regions for climate change, a vulnerability that is exacerbated by the climate apartheid we are living in. 

We need to operate a radical shift in the way Palestinian approach our relationship with our ecosystems and resources and actively resist dispossession. 

Panelists: 

Saad Dagher – Freelance Agronomist Agro-Ecologist

Lina Isma’il – Co-founder of the Palestinian Agro-ecological forum

Moderator:

Muna Dajani – PhD in Geography and Environment

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14:00 - 14:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Creating equity and overcoming capitalism: cooperatives and the social economy

The cooperative movement has existed in Palestine since the early 20th century. The movements have suffered the consequences of successive layers of administrative controls and changes: the British mandate, the Egyptian/Jordanian Rule, Israeli occupation, and the Palestinian Authority, progressively weakening cooperative societies. This decline was worsened by a donor-driven model that led to an aid-dependent economy.

In our global context where social and economic injustices are ever-growing, some regions and countries succeeded to place dignity and social value at the heart of work and wealth, through a different model of economic organizing: cooperatives.

Are cooperatives a good model for a steadfast Palestinian economy? What are Palestinians today thinking when we talk about “cooperatives”? Why are women cooperatives the most successful in Palestine? What are the challenges faced today to develop perennial and successful structures?

Panelists: 

Hiba AlJibeihi – Fundraising unit officer @ Union of Agricultural Work Committees

Asmahan Ebrighit – Member of Women’s Association Palestine

Randa AbedRabbo – Director of the Union of Cooperative Associations for Saving and Credit (UCASC)

Moderator:

Christian Zaknoun – Founder @ Thinking Consulting Firm and Integral Advisory Associates

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15:00 - 15:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Advocating on the playing field: sports as a tool for social change

This session will bring together Palestinian sports initiatives from across a range of Palestinian communities to discuss the power of sports as a tool for organizing on social and political issues, and as a tool for public diplomacy. The aim of the session will be to identify key points of alignment, share practical learnings, and start the process of building a unified and radical vision for the future of the sports sector.

Panelists: 

– Nader Jayousi – Lawyer & Boxing Coach

– Diala Isid – Leader and Co-founder of Right to Movement Palestine

– Ahmad Matar- Co-founder and Parkour Lead @ WallRunners

Moderator: 

– Malak Hasan – Journalist, Sports Enthusiast, and Project Manager @ Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

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16:00 - 17:00 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Changing hearts and minds: the transformational power of literature

The written word has the power to change both hearts and minds. How does the transformative power of literature work? How has it been used to support Palestinian identity and rights and how might literature been used to try to negate it? What is the role of publishers, agents and publicists in this process and how have Palestinian writers been marginalized? How have Palestinian writers been able to break through despite these and other obstacles?

This panel features four Palestinian writers who will not only share personal stories that influenced their writing, but also reflect on the future of Palestinian literature.

Panelists: 

– Nathalie Handal- Writer, Poet, Playwright

– Saleem Haddad- Writer, Novelist

– Susan Abulhawa – Writer & Human Rights Activist 

Moderator: 

– Susan Muaddi Darraj – Fiction Writer and creator of #TweetYourThobe

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17:00 - 17:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Job creation and workforce development

The international community has lauded startup development as a tool for job creation and economic growth – when and how does investment in the startup ecosystem lead to job creation and economic growth? Likewise, international and local investment in job preparedness via relevant and timely education is considered key to ensuring upward mobility and employment access.

What has succeeded? What is still lacking? In this panel, we will explore the science behind the strategies, learn about grassroots & international initiatives that have moved forward over the past 5 years, and what gaps still exist and methods we should employ to ensure growth and resiliency – particularly in this COVID19 moment.

Panelists: 

– Eng. Aref Hussein– Chairman @ Jerusalem Innovation Park – AlNayzak Organization

– Nasser Al Amuri- Project Finance and Investment Officer – Finance 4 Jobs (F4J) Project

Mona Demaidi – Dr , An-Najah National University

Moderator: 

– Jennifer Atala- Founder @ Inara Strategies LLC 

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18:00 - 18:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Art as a form of resistance: the power of music and visual art

This panel will feature artists and musicians, who will share their personal stories as well as the relationship between their art and resistance. How is art used to facilitate difficult conversations? How is it used to both preserve and transcend cultures? What is the role of art in the Palestinian struggle today?

Panelists: 

– Malak Mattar – Artist

– Rami Younis – Co-founder @ Palestine Music Expo (PMX)

– Hafez Omar – Artist & human rights defender

Moderator: 

– Rifk Ebeid – Author & Attorney 

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19:00 - 19:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Mental health and COVID-19: challenges and opportunities

Alongside Covid-19, there is also a mental health pandemic. What evidence do we have and what conversations do we need to have to promote social mobilization and innovation in the realm of mental health?  Who has started to push the frontier? What are their challenges? And what opportunities do the panelists see on the ground? 

Panelists: 

– Dr. Mohammad Herzallah- Founding Director @ Palestine Neuroscience Initiative

– Hala Sabbah – Founder & Coach @ Healthy Feminist

– Rajiah Abu Sway –  Mental Health Officer @ World Health Organization

Moderator: 

– Dr. Zeina Siam – Associate Program Officer @ Gates Foundation

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20:00 - 20:45 (GMT+3)

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Panel

English/Arabic translation

Beyond the imagination: reflection & action

Closing Plenary

Workshop Schedule

Registration for workshops is limited to 20 participants and each participant can expect to participate in 1-2 workshops (depending on availability). Register now to make sure you secure your seat! 

Day 1 – Friday October 2, 2020

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17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+3)

Language: Arabic

The Creative Confidence

Facilitator: Mohammed Issa

Workshop Description

This workshop will identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential. Join this interactive workshop to learn new ways to introduce innovation when solving problems in your personal and professional life. 

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18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+3)

Language: English

Leveraging the power of co-creation and design thinking to spark innovation

Facilitator: Eve Aronson

Workshop Description

This workshop will trigger you to imagine new possibilities for innovation in Palestine. Join this workshop to learn how to co-create interactive games that will bring different minds and perspectives together around a central goal, using design thinking. 

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19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+3)

Language: ِArabic

The Power of Storytelling

Facilitator: Saed Karazoun

Workshop Description

This workshop will share proven techniques to tell powerful stories that will captivate and engage your adience. Join us to learn the key elements of an engaging story and The Golden Cycle: What, How, Why.

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20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+3)

Language: English

Innovation Strategies for Green Businesses (cewas)

Facilitator: Aline Bussman

Workshop Description

This workshop tackles (radical) strategies to enhance environmental business models for market success and sustainable impact. Many environmental businesses are struggling to come up with a viable business model. They are either making too little revenues because their customers are not able/ willing to pay cost-covering prices or their costs are too high because services or products typically incur extensive expenses. However, there are various tested and successfully proven business model innovation strategies for tackling these two challenges and help to increase revenues or decrease costs.

Join this workshop to learn about the toolbox cewas has developed of proven innovation strategies in the environmental sector. A total of 20 innovation strategies are analysed and described in detail, which cewas and 35 green enterprises have developed and tested over the past years in the Middle East. All innovation strategies are based on real examples and have great potential in being replicated and applied in Palestine.

Day 2 – Saturday October 3, 2020

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15:00 - 16:00 (GMT+3)

Language: Arabic

Disconnect to Reconnect (Meditation and Yoga session!)

Facilitator: Eilda Zaghmout

Workshop Description

We all went through a challenging time being in lockdown for so long as a global family. We experienced a lot of pressure, fear, stress and uncertainty in the past months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In our workshop we will learn some tools to release stress and tension from the body using breathing techniques, mindful movement and guided imagery to reconnect to ourselves and find our inner calmness.

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16:00 - 17:00 (GMT+3)

Language: Arabic

Untold Palestine- How to tell our untold stories?

Facilitator: Eyad Barghuthy

Workshop Description

How can we tell our untold stories to the world using the social media platform? Untold Palestine is a new initiative in 7amleh center, that is using digital storytelling tools: Short videos, Photos, and interesting captions. In the workshop, we will talk about these tools and the best practices in them.

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17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+3)

Language: Arabic

What is the buzz about IMM (Impact Measurement and Management)?

Facilitator: Salam Al Khatib

Workshop Description

This workshop will introduce the concept of IMM (Impact Measurement and Management) and explain the value it will add to your organization or company. What is the relation between SDGs and IMM? Join this workshop to learn how you can introduce IMM in your organization and its many benefits. 

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18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+3)

Language: English

Design Thinking Workshop: Identify your talents to help Palestine

Facilitators: Farah Ereiqat, Amalee Nsour, Nourhan Shabaan

Workshop Description

Have you felt powerless when it comes to helping Palestine? We’ve all been there – it can feel like an impossible challenge to have an actual impact on Palestine and Palestinians while living your day to day life. What if we told you that no matter where you live or what you do, you can take lots of small and large actions to have an impact. This workshop will use the design thinking method to help you identify how you can identify strategies to use your unique talents and strengths to drive impact.

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19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+3)

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Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour of Palestine!

Facilitator: Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD)

Workshop Description

Join this virtual visit where you can hear from Palestinian community members and activists showing you some of the realities of Palestinian daily life under occupation. 

Featured Speakers

(presented in random order)

Diala Isid

Diala Isid

Lead Organizer @ Right to Movement

Yara Hawari

Yara Hawari

Senior Palestine Policy Fellow @ Al-Shabaka

Muna Hijazi

Muna Hijazi

Organizing Manager @ Election Protection at Arizona Advocacy Network and Foundation

Rami Younis

Rami Younis

Co-founder @ Palestine Music Expo (PMX)

Eng. Aref Hussein

Eng. Aref Hussein

Chairman @ Jerusalem Innovation Park - AlNayzak Organization

Susan Muaddi Darraj

Susan Muaddi Darraj

Fiction Writer and Creator of #TweetYourThobe

Adnane Addioui

Adnane Addioui

Cheif Visionary Officer @ Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Lana Abu Hijleh

Lana Abu Hijleh

Country Director @ Global Communities

Hafez Omar

Hafez Omar

Visual Artist & Human rights defender

Nathalie Handal

Nathalie Handal

Writer, Poet, Playwright

Moukhtar Kocache

Moukhtar Kocache

Strategy & Partnerships @ Rawa: Creative Palestinian Communities Fund;

Hala Sabbah

Hala Sabbah

Founder & Coach @ Healthy Feminist

Alberto Masetti-Zannini

Alberto Masetti-Zannini

Global Development Director @ Impact Hub Network

Malak Mattar

Malak Mattar

Artist

Saleem Haddad

Saleem Haddad

Writer, Novelist

Jennifer Atala

Jennifer Atala

Board Member at BuildPalestine

Mariam Barghouti

Mariam Barghouti

Writer, Researcher, and Political Commentator

Nassim Nour

Nassim Nour

Executive Director @ Sharakat- Palestine Investment Fund

Samar Ali

Samar Ali

Director @ Lodestone Advisory Group

Rifk Ebeid

Rifk Ebeid

Author & Attorney

Nader Jayousi

Nader Jayousi

Lawyer & Boxing Coach and Founder of ElBarrio Gym

Ahmad Matar

Ahmad Matar

Co-founder and Parkour Lead @ WallRunners

Dr. Mohammad Herzallah

Dr. Mohammad Herzallah

Founding Director @ Palestine Neuroscience Initiative

Yara Salem

Yara Salem

Director General @ Taawon (Welfare Association)

Eve Aronson

Eve Aronson

New Business & Project Management @ Butterfly Works

Mohammad Issa

Mohammad Issa

CEO @ Ibtikar Palestine

Aline Bussmann

Aline Bussmann

Regional Director @ cewas Middle East

Saed Karazoun

Saed Karazoun

CEO @ Taghyier

Eilda Zaghmout

Eilda Zaghmout

Yoga & Meditation Teacher @ TAWAZON APP

Salam Al-Kahteeb

Salam Al-Kahteeb

Lecturer and Consultant @ Social Value Arabia

Farah Ereiqat

Farah Ereiqat

Product Manager @ Hala Systems

Amalee Nsour

Amalee Nsour

Innovation Strategist @ World Food Program

Nourhan Shabaan

Nourhan Shabaan

Co-founder @ Cusp Impact

Dr. Sara Leila Husseini

Dr. Sara Leila Husseini

Chair @ BuildPalestine

Rajiah Abu Sway

Rajiah Abu Sway

Mental Health Officer @ World Health Organization

Eyad Barghuthy

Eyad Barghuthy

Trainer @ 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

Yara Asad

Yara Asad

Advisor @ BuildPalestine

Lama Amr

Lama Amr

COO @ BuildPalestine

Dr. Zeina Siam

Dr. Zeina Siam

Associate Program Officer @ Gates Foundation

Inès Abdel Razek

Inès Abdel Razek

Advocacy Director @ The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy

Reem Abbas

Reem Abbas

Researcher @ Andariya

Nasser Al Amuri

Nasser Al Amuri

Project Finance and Investment [email protected] F4J

Mary Nazzal

Mary Nazzal

Executive Chairperson @ 17 Ventures

Nora Lester Murad

Nora Lester Murad

Writer, Activist and Educator

Aziza Mousa

Aziza Mousa

Nonprofit Executive & BuildPalestine Board Member

Saad Dagher

Saad Dagher

Freelance Agronomist Agro-Ecologist

Randa Abedrabbo

Randa Abedrabbo

Director of UCASC

Mona Dmeaidi

Mona Dmeaidi

Dr at An-Najah National University

Malak Hasan

Malak Hasan

Journalist and Program Manager @ Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Susan AbuAlHawa

Susan AbuAlHawa

Writer, Novelist and Human Rights Activist

Asmahan Ebrighit

Asmahan Ebrighit

Founder @ Rozana and a member of Women’s Association

Dilar Dirik

Dilar Dirik

Organizer @ Ceni Kurdish Women's Office for Peace

Lina Isma'il

Lina Isma'il

Co-founder of the Palestinian Agro-ecological forum

Christian Zaknoun

Christian Zaknoun

Founder @ Thinking Consulting Firm and Integral Advisory Associates

Muna Dajani

Muna Dajani

PhD in Geography and Environment

Ahmad Nabil AbuZnaid

Ahmad Nabil AbuZnaid

Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Hiba AL-Jibeih

Hiba AL-Jibeih

Fundraising unit officer @ Union of Agricultural Work Committees

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