Open UN: Engagement in the Age of Real-Time, Hosted by United Nations Global Pulse

hosted by Social Media Week New York

Hosted at the People & Society Hub at The Paley Center for Media

Start: Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 11:30

End: Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 16:30

  • Open UN: Engagement in the Age of Real-Time, Hosted by United Nations Global Pulse

    Presentation by PSFK: The Future of Real-Time Report


    PSFK, a New York City based trends research and innovation
    company, and United Nations Global Pulse, a project harnessing
    innovation to protect vulnerable populations during crises, teamed
    up to produce the Future of Real-Time report. This report surveys
    the global real-time landscape to identify trends and opportunities
    that are rapidly transforming the relationships between societies
    and technology.

    Keynote by Robert Kirkpatrick


    The world is changing with increasing rapidity. Microtrends show
    that there is a pragmatic connection between open and real-time.
    What are the roles of communities/crowds (experts, amateur,
    machine)? How is that affecting how institutions behave?



    Panel Discussion: Real-time Field Operations

    1:30-2:30, Q&A from 2:30-2:45

    Is real-time citizen engagement the engine of relief and development in the 21st century?
    Recent experiences in both disaster relief and ongoing development efforts show that there is a potential to leverage real-time information and open collaboration for operational efforts. There are powerful—and dependent—connections between emerging technologies and communities. The panel will explore how new tools and approaches are already changing facts on the ground.


    • Ms. Katrin Verclas, Co-founder and Editor,
    • Mr. Sean Gourley, Research Fellow, Oxford University
    • Mr. Jihad Abdalla, Emergency Officer and GIS focal point, Office of Emergency Programmes, UNICEF
    • Ms. Corinne Woods, Director, United Nations Millennium Campaign
    • Mr. Nigel Snoad, Senior Information Management Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,
    • OCHA)

    Coffee Break


    Panel Discussion: Institutions in the Age of Real-Time, How Must Local, National and Global Institutions Adapt to Succeed in the Real-Time World?

    3:00-4:00, Q&A from 4:00-4:40

    Real-time technologies and strategies of openness represent both
    an opportunity and a profound threat to how institutions and
    governments organize themselves to deliver services in the 21st
    century. Increasingly, individuals are empowered to interact
    directly with one another, challenging the hierarchical structures
    and processes of traditional institutions. However for organizations
    that are able to harness the untapped potential of global
    communities in real-time, the possibilities are mind-blowing.


    • Mr. Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning, United Nations
    • Mr. Clay Shirky, Adjunct Professor, InteractiveTelecommunications Program, NYU
    • Mr. Richard Tyson, Co-founder and Principal, Helsinki Group
    • Mr. Zia Khan, Vice President, Strategy and Evaluation,Rockefeller Foundation
    • Mr. Carne Ross, Founder, Independent Diplomat

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