Pop!Tech 2008: Scarcity and Abundance Kicks Off with Free, Live Online Simulcast

New Social Innovation Digital Hub and Initiatives Help Identify Big Bets of Tomorrow, Accelerate Impact of World-Changing People and Ideas

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Pop!Tech 2008, the renowned annual ideas summit, kicked off today in Camden, Maine with 600 thought leaders and social innovators from around the world, across myriad fields, to explore the 21st century dynamics of scarcity and abundance. (Business Wire: Video)

CAMDEN, Maine--()--News Facts

  • Pop!Tech 2008 (www.poptech.org/schedule2008), the 12th installment of the renowned annual ideas summit, kicked off today in Camden, Maine. Thanks to support from Yahoo!, the full conference will be simulcast free at live.poptech.org between now and Saturday, October 25th (9am 6:30pm each day).
  • 600 thought leaders and social innovators from around the world, across myriad fields, have convened to explore the 21st century dynamics of scarcity and abundance in domains ranging from digital social networks to environmentalism, from biology to business, and from peacemaking to politics.
  • The discussion will be driven by prominent visionaries such as Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Anderson and Clay Shirky; emerging thought leaders like Pamela Ronald, Van Jones, Laurie Garrett, Saul Griffith, Suzanne Seggerman and Dickson Despommier; as well as thousands of at-home viewers, who can pose questions via e-mail (questions@poptech.org) or Twitter (@poptech) in real time.
  • Today Pop!Tech launched a new social networking and collaboration platform that allows anyone, anywhere to propose, help develop and launch high-impact social innovation projects throughout the year.
  • Pop!Tech also continues to accelerate the positive impact of world-changing people and ideas through a series of unique collaborations with Pop!Tech speakers and groundbreaking organizations.

The Pop!Tech Hub (hub.poptech.org)

  • Pop!Tech today unveiled a new year-round social networking and collaboration platform. The Pop!Tech Hub is open to anyone interested in the vanguard edge of new ideas, trends, tools and technologies and their application to significant social challenges.
  • The Hub further democratizes the Pop!Tech community, creating a new way for anyone to interact with and tap into the Pop!Tech network. The site brings together people of many different disciplines and perspectives to exchange new ideas; create, track and rate the potential of promising new social innovation projects; and work together on change initiatives of every scale.
  • Members have the ability to participate on any level, from simply meeting new friends to pioneering a breakthrough social innovation project. The site blends social networking features with project management functions including the ability to communicate with project members and share status updates and multimedia. Additionally, any Hub member can participate in a resources marketplace, volunteering to help others projects succeed or requesting resources to advance their own work.
  • Cognizant a leading provider of information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services is a proud sponsor of the Pop!Tech Hub and is already working on design and feature set enhancements for version 2.0; a grant from the Surdna Foundation helped make development of the Hub possible.

Unique Partner Collaborations

  • WattzOn Personal Energy Audit (www.WattzOn.org) MacArthur Fellow Dr. Saul Griffith and Dr. James McBride of Makani Power, Inc., along with Synthesis Studios, have partnered with Pop!Tech and AutoDesk to develop a new, free, digital application that allows anyone to more broadly understand their real energy footprint. The rich online audit calculates personal energy consumption from flying, driving, powering a home, eating, shopping, working and even ones share of the energy necessary to make our society function. WattzOn helps users understand their personal impact on the environment and how they rate compared to other WattzOn users, as well as global averages.
  • Living Languages Digital Dialog Today, Pop!Tech embarks on an ambitious global effort to address the issue of language death with dotSUB, an online subtitling tool, National Geographic and eminent ethnolinguist K. David Harrison. Its estimated that as many as 3,500 of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world today may die in the next century, leading to intellectual impoverishment in all fields of science and culture. This morning at Pop!Tech, Dr. Harrison will discuss the impact of this trend and detail efforts to sustain, value and revitalize linguistic diversity worldwide. His talk will be filmed and uploaded to dotSUB, a free platform enabling anyone to easily translate and subtitle Web videos into any language. Pop!Tech will then challenge a global audience to help translate Dr. Harrisons talk into 100 languages over the course of 72 hours. Anyone who speaks more than one language can contribute to the effort, helping to translate the talk by setting up a free profile on www.dotsub.com and selecting the Pop!Tech video prominently displayed at the top of the features page.
  • Timbuk2 Conference-Neutral Bags (www.timbuk2.com/poptech) Pop!Tech has partnered with legendary messenger bag company Timbuk2 Designs to create a special bag for this years event that is brand-free and planet positive. In line with the theme of scarcity and abundance, Pop!Tech and Timbuk2 are launching a Bring/Get/Give program that invites conference attendees to bring old conference bags to Pop!Tech, which will be recycled, in exchange for a custom-made conference-neutral bag. Participants also have the opportunity to pay their bags forward to advance the work of Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow Eric Dawson. Dawson is the CEO of Peace Games, an effort to bring peacemaking and conflict resolution principles to American schools, which has already helped 40,000 students in five states.

Speaker Highlights

  • Malcolm Gladwell Author of The Tipping Point and Blink, Gladwell will discuss the themes in his forthcoming book The Outliers an examination of what separates extraordinary and average people.
  • Juan Enriquez Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy LLC, and author of, As the Future Catches You, Enriquez will discuss what the U.S. can learn from the South American financial meltdown.
  • Stephen Badylak, D.V.M., Ph.D. and M.D. A leading regenerative medicine expert, Badylak will detail his work to help Iraqi war veterans re-grow body parts lost in battle.
  • George Lakoff A linguistics professor at University of California, Berkley, and founder of the Rockridge Institute, Lakoff will address how politicians use framing to shape public opinion.
  • Chris Anderson Editor-in-chief of Wired and author The Long Tail, Anderson will explore the topic of his next book: the price $0.00 and the future of free.
  • Pamela Ronald Professor of Plant Pathology and Chair of the Plant Genomics Program at the University of California, Davis, Ronald will discuss the pressing need for genetic engineering and organic farming to work in concert to feed the world's poor.
  • Laurie Garrett The only journalist to ever win a Peabody, Polk and Pulitzer, Garrett will discuss the current state of global public health and why it is not working.
  • Dickson Despommier A professor at Columbias Environmental Health Sciences lab, Despommier will examine the potential for vertical farms to spur urban renewal, sustainable food production and the repair of damaged ecosystems.

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The world is filled with passionate and creative innovators thinking up new approaches to vexing social ills, but there are relatively few places where these individuals can come together and pool their efforts, said Andrew Zolli, curator and executive director, Pop!Tech. Pop!Tech is becoming a destination for these world-changers, with a community, events and digital platforms that help close the gap between great ideas and positive change.

About Pop!Tech

Pop!Tech is a renowned ideas summit and social innovation network dedicated to accelerating the positive impact of world-changing people and ideas. The organization is known for its visionary Pop!Tech conferences, engaging media productions, and the innovative social change programs that it fosters worldwide. Please visit www.poptech.org for more.

Contacts

Pop!Tech Institute
Jason Rzepka, 917-826-3420
jason@poptech.org
or
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Ryoko Ono, 212-331-8437
RyokoO@Text100.com

Contacts

Pop!Tech Institute
Jason Rzepka, 917-826-3420
jason@poptech.org
or
Text 100
Ryoko Ono, 212-331-8437
RyokoO@Text100.com