Archive for May, 2007

The Fourth Conference on Innovation Journalism at Stanford University, from May 21-23, 2007

Creative Sage™ logo Journalism Driving Innovation…

Innovation Driving Journalism

KEYNOTES:

DOUGLAS ENGELBART/ Introduced by JOHN MARKOFF: Augmenting the collective IQ of writers and readers.

Doug Engelbart is known as the father of the concept of the personal computer, and inventor of the computer mouse. He is a proponent of the development and use of computers and networks to build collective intelligence that can solve the world’s problems. (Read more in Wikipedia.)

John Markoff is a senior writer for The New York Times. (Read his bio.)

CURTIS CARLSON: The discipline of innovation
Curtis Carlson is the president of SRI International. (Read bio.)


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:   The Fourth Conference on Innovation Journalism is a gathering for professionals to discuss the interaction between journalism and innovation, including how innovation is changing the profession and business of journalism, how to cover innovation in the news, and how journalism links innovation with society. Target participants for the conference include journalists, professionals connected to the media/communications industry, innovation experts, students, and researchers.The aim of the conference is to improve the understanding of how journalism and innovation drive each other, and to identify the key components of innovation journalism. This will involve looking at the innovation ecosystem as a playing field for journalism and choosing strategies that will allow media outlets to deliver quality news using the latest technology and to thrive in a competitive marketplace.

Themes: Panel: Does the newsroom understand innovation?

• Do journalists understand innovation concepts, processes, and ecosystems?
• Is the newsroom organized to cover innovation?
• Is innovation in journalism a prerequisite for journalism about innovation?

• Innovation in Journalism

• The new New Journalism: How innovation is driving the development of journalism
• Examining the innovation ecosystem of the media

• Journalism about Innovation

• Differences between writing about science, R&D, and business, and writing about innovation
• Covering the stages of the innovation process
• Finding key sources for different aspects of the innovation ecosystem
• Soundbites: interacting with communicators
• Telling the story: narratives for innovation

• Publishing Innovation Journalism

• Business Models
• Pushing the boundaries: new frontiers in publishing
• Building an audience: how do people want their news?

• Understanding the relationship between journalism and innovation ecosystems

• How does journalism influence innovation ecosystems?
• Why innovations systems and journalists need each other
• Codes and ethics in a brave new world


Pre-Conference Workshops

May 21.

• WORKSHOP A: The Basics of Innovation – What a journalist needs to know
• WORKSHOP B: Innovation Journalism and Public Innovation Policy


Conference Executive Committee:

  • David Nordfors, Conference Chair / Publisher of proceedings
  • Thomas Frostberg, Journalism
  • Erika Ingvald, Journalism
  • Jan Sandred, Journalism, Public Policy
  • Alisa Weinstein, Journalism, Public Policy
  • Turo Uskali, Research, Editor – academic papers
  • Johanna Mansor, logistics
  • Laurie Richard, registration of participants

 

The conference is free of charge, but seats are limited. If they run out of space, priority will be given to journalism professionals and people associated with innovation journalism initiatives.

To register, go here. If you’re from out of town and need a hotel, go here.

It should be a very illuminating conference, and I plan to be there!

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Innovative Social Entrepreneur Programs and Alleviating Poverty Through Microfinance

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

I am on the advisory board, and my company, Creative Sage/Cathryn Hrudicka & Associates, is a partner in the following innovative Social Entrepreneur/corporate philanthropy programs that serve people on local and international levels. Here is the announcement for an upcoming event in San Francisco that we are co-producing, and the Web links:

http://givefoundationonline.blogspot.com/

Global Initiative to Advance Entrepreneurship

Event: May 10, 2007
Alleviating Poverty Through Microfinance:
Three Bay Area Programs Initiate Social Change

Location:

Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street (at Mason)
San Francisco, CA 94102
P: 415.433.4434

Time: 6:00 pm check in; 6:30pm-8:00pm program
Cost: $30.00/includes dinner
Register in advance at: http://sfmicrocredit.eventbrite.com/

Microcredit is breaking the cycle of poverty. By providing credit via small loans to the poor, microcredit programs are transforming the lives of millions of families and communities around the world. Based on the idea that the poor have the capacity to improve their own situations, microfinance programs help impoverished people build viable businesses and create their own economic opportunities.

Alleviating Poverty Through Microfinance, the first event in the Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, will showcase three Bay Area microcredit initiatives. Three featured speakers include:

Vijay Kapoor, I Create India. I Create, Inc., provides Integrated Entrepreneurship Training to disadvantaged communities in India. Vijay will discuss how I Create is working with Bay Area nonprofits to “adopt” villages in low-income areas in northern India and providing training and seed money to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Bob Graham, NamasteDirect. Bob is founder and Chief Executive Officer of NamasteDirect, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focusing on microcredit in Central America by providing small loans to first time women borrowers. Bob will discuss opportunities to provide microcredit to underserved communities in Central America.

Keith Axtell, Rotary International District 5150. Keith is World Community Service Chair for Rotary District 5150, serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area. He will discuss local Rotary microcredit programs in Guayaquil, Ecuador, resulting in three hundred small businesses in one of the poorest areas of the country.

Who Should Attend?

This two hour event is for anyone interested in the exciting field of microfinance, including nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and members of the business community. The event will encourage innovation among organizations already participating in microfinance programs, and provide opportunities to form strategic partnerships to build and expand the outreach and success of microcredit and microfinance.

Sponsored by Rotary Club San Francisco Golden Gate, Global Initiative to Advance Entrepreneurship, Creative Sage and other nonprofit and business partners, this is the first of an ongoing series showcasing social entrepreneurship initiatives in the Bay Area and around the world. This series will be comprised of speakers, expert panels and film screenings that showcase the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. To learn more, visit http://www.givefoundationonline.org.

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