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It’s not too late (checking out events you’ve missed)

We all get a little busy. Too much work, too little sleep, not enough time to attend all the events we’d like to in the Bay Area. Whether it’s because they’re too far, not at a convenient time or you just got lazy, there are still ways to catch the events you missed attending live.

Here are a few recent events you can check out now — though no chance for questions or networking! Each of these groups, and many others, posts the video or audio from many of their events online, so in addition to these you can look up other events you’ve missed.  Have other resources with archived events you find valuable? Please share! Leave us a note in the comments with your recommendations.



The Power of Words: Global Illiteracy and the Campaign to End It


This panel discussion on the scale of global illiteracy, the dimensions of the crisis as it breaks down along gender and class lines and the opportunities for intervention was hosted by the World Affairs Council of Northern California and featured:

  • Erin Ganju, CEO and Co-Founder, Room to Read
  • Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pearson
  • Michael Lombardo, CEO, Reading Partners



“Digital Humanitarians,” a talk by Patrick Meier


Hosted by the Development Impact Lab (DIL)a global consortium of research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and industry partners committed to advancing international development through science and technology innovations. DIL is housed at UC Berkeley.

Talk description: The information overflow that occurs in the wake of a disaster can paralyze humanitarian response efforts. Computers, mobile phones, social media, mainstream news, earth-based sensors, humanitarian drones, and orbiting satellites generate vast volumes of data during major disasters. Making sense of this flash flood of information, or “Big Data” is proving a perplexing challenge for traditional humanitarian organizations. Aid groups are more adept at dealing with information scarcity than overflow. To address this problem many organizations are turning to Digital Humanitarians: tech-savvy volunteers who craft and leverage ingenious crowdsourcing solutions with trail-blazing insights from artificial intelligence. This talk charts the rise of Digital Humanitarians and describes how their humanity coupled with innovative solutions to Big Data is changing humanitarian response forever.

Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized thought-leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. His new book Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response has already been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, UN, World Bank and the Red Cross. Patrick directs QCRI’s Social Innovation Program where he develops “Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies” in partnership with international humanitarian organizations. He has a PhD from The Fletcher School, Pre-Doc from Stanford and an MA from Columbia. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, BBC, Forbes, Times, Wired and Mashable. Patrick’s influential blog iRevolutions has received over 1.5 million hits. He tweets at @patrickmeier.



Expanding from the Bunker for Nuclear Weapons Security (Roundtable Recap – Big Opportunities for New Partners)


The world of nuclear bombs is no longer just for those with access to nuclear bunkers. This roundtable dramatically expanded the terrain of those who could be considered useful in future efforts to curb nuclear proliferation and maintain nuclear arms control. The potential recruits include the wave of startups developing next generation nuclear energy, companies developing tech like satellite imagery, and any organization involved in the global supply chains that move products – and possibly hidden weapons – around the planet. They might even include you.

Hosted and created by Reinventors, which gathers top innovators in virtual roundtables to solve complex problems and help reinvent our world. Reinventors uses the new medium of interactive group video to connect experts, entrepreneurs and out-of-the-box thinkers from around the world for in-depth conversations about how to solve the many challenges of our time.



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