April 1, 2011

Media2Movements & Sustainatopia

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Strategies to drive citizen engagement and social innovation

JD LasicaI‘ll be one of the speakers at Media2Movements, a gathering in Miami on Wednesday that will focus on the escalating changes in the mediasphere.

Put on by Ashoka and underwritten by the Knight Foundation, Media2Movements will bring together a number of new media luminaries, including old friends Kara Andrade, Karen Worcman of Brazil’s Museum of the Person, Brian Conle of Small World News and Emily Jacobi of Digital Democracy. From the program:

We are at a catalytic moment: Rapid technological change and entrepreneurial innovation have brought us closer than ever to full information citizenship. Egypt, Libya, even Wisconsin testify to the growing capacity of media to catalyze movement; change happens when people know what’s going on and can tell others.

But those same forces also threaten the public good by corroding the historical values of the information realm. In an everyone-a-content-creator-world, who can tell which information is trustworthy? It’s easy to author and distribute news and commentary – and equally easy to monitor and censor that content. Amid these tensions, the risk is that, rather than engaging, people simply disconnect – and movements lose their mass.

The challenge: Can we imagine a new, self-correcting information marketplace – an ecosystem for news and knowledge that effectively responds to, or even anticipates, whatever change happens? That ensures sustainable full information citizenship?

Looks to be an exciting, invigorating event. Hope you can join us.

Sustainatopia and the Social Venture Capital conference

sustainatopia-honours

In addition to Media2Movements on Wednesday, I’ll also be speaking at Sustainatopia twice on Monday:

• I’ll be co-hosting the power-packed Move the Needle bootcamp Monday at 9 am with Sloane Berrent.

• I’ll be moderating the Media Trends & Marketing Movements panel Monday at 1:15 pm with Clint O’Brien of Care2, Tamara Staus of Stanford’s Social Innovation Review, Sloane Berrent and Nick Aster of Triple Pundit.

Fashion icon Donna Karan will keynote and Rolling Stone magazine will lead a parade of international media organizations attending the Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference, taking place Monday to Wednesday next week at the Miami Beach Convention Center. More than 300 speakers from 40-plus countries will participate.

To kick things off, Sustainatopia Honours will take place this Sunday evening at the Frank Gehry/New World Center in Miami Beach. Emmy-award winning actress Patricia Arquette will be among the celebs on hand. I’ll be attending, along with Socialbrite partner Sloane Berrent. Look us up!JD Lasica, founder and former editor of Socialbrite, is co-founder of Cruiseable. Contact JD or follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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