Building a better future, sooner.


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Building a better future, sooner.

  1. 1. Building a better future, sooner. #openwebTO: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 Advancing the medium of change, for a better future, sooner.
  2. 2. 13,700,000,000 years ago
  3. 3. 4,450,000,000 years ago
  4. 4. 130,000 years ago
  5. 5. 7,300 years ago - Agriculture
  6. 6. 150 years ago - Industrial Revolution
  7. 7. We were powerful.
  8. 8. 1945 - Hiroshima
  9. 9. We were dangerous.
  10. 10. 1989 - Exxon Valdez Spill
  11. 11. 1994 - Rwanda
  12. 12. 2000 - Aral Sea dies
  13. 13. We thought we were in control.
  14. 14. 2001 - 911
  15. 15. 2006 - Climate Change
  16. 16. 2008 - Global markets collapse
  17. 17. We were wrong.
  18. 18. “A flaw in the model... ...that defines how the world works.”
  19. 19. We’re making our planet inhospitable.
  20. 20. We’re killing each other.
  21. 21. We’re killing ourselves.
  22. 22. We’re screwed.
  23. 23. But, there’s hope.
  24. 24. 1946 - First Computer
  25. 25. 1969 - Internet Launched
  26. 26. 1973 - Phones go ‘mobile’
  27. 27. 1991 - Web Launched
  28. 28. 1998
  29. 29. 1999
  30. 30. 2002 - Smartphone
  31. 31. 2003
  32. 32. 2004
  33. 33. 2004
  34. 34. 2005
  35. 35. 2006
  36. 36. 2007 - Wins “Best of Web” at SXSW
  37. 37. 2007
  38. 38. 2008
  39. 39. 4 billion people connected together
  40. 40. through a new medium
  41. 41. a medium that’s...
  42. 42. open
  43. 43. mobile
  44. 44. social
  45. 45. personal
  46. 46. public
  47. 47. spontaneous
  48. 48. engaging
  49. 49. practical
  50. 50. A medium of change.
  51. 51. the medium of change Data Interaction Infrastructure Devices an emerging system of social technologies more people ➜ making more change ➜ for a better future ➜ sooner
  52. 52. it’s changing us •Now over 1.5 •Governor People Coming Schwarzenegger billion internet Together responded to users + 4 billion individual ‘tweets’, mobile subscribers enables publicly, •45% of people in spontaneously, from developing world his BlackBerry are mobile subscribers Medium •In the last 2 months more original •By 2020 mobile will of content was posted be primary internet Change on YouTube than device disrupts changes the major networks •If Facebook were a Systems Culture could have country it would be of our and broadcast since ’48. the 4th largest in the world. Society Mindset •Ambient intimacy? •Common ground? From news to politics the medium is having profound implications. In the aftermath of the Iran elections in 2009, the US State Department treated Twitter as an essential public service, asking them to delay scheduled maintenance. Shortly after Time declared it the medium of the movement.
  53. 53. it’s changing change Engagement Action from centralized to distributed from controlled to self-organized Obama charity: water #hohoto Haiti Relief enabling practical and spontaneous peer- enabled through sms and enabled 2m participants creative fundraising and produced event in support common web services: which led to: providing direct connection of Toronto’s Daily Bread • Wikipedia page created • 35,000 volunteer groups to projects on the ground: Food Bank within seconds • 70,000 fundraising pages • give up a birthday gift, • 18d from idea to event • Facebook served as • $500m raised from 3m jump out of a plane - • no single leader information source donors making 6.5m fundraising made easy • >dozen primary around missing people donations • through Twestival 1,000 volunteers • RedCross SMS campaign • 200,000 offline events volunteers and 10,000 • sold out 600+ attendance raised $7m within 24h • 2b emails donors raised $250k • >$25k raised • Virtually every online • 3m phone calls online in through 202 events • over 2t food donated service became donation last 4 days globally on Feb 12, 2009 gateway. Awareness from structured to emergent Ushahidi Twitter “The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone Through Twitter, people become aware of disasters and to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and events before the mainstream media or conventional visualize it on a map or timeline. Our goal is to create channels can report it. For example, Twitter is able to the simplest way of aggregating information from the identify earthquake activity before any other public public for use in crisis response.” source. People are the very sensors of change.
  54. 54. For a better future,
  55. 55. sooner.
  56. 56. ChangeMedium facilitates conversations and initiatives that advances understanding, infrastructure, and application of the medium of change. researchers apply conversations change- the Medium the future makers build initiatives of Change we want developers understand a better medium, more people, a better future, for change making more change sooner
  57. 57. what we’re up to Topic: Medium of Change Topic: Twitter A dedicated event in Toronto bringing A pre-event to the Twitter developer conversations researchers and developers together to conference in San Francisco in April. Exploring advance the medium of change. the applications of Twitter for change. Topic: Ongoing: #cmAnswers An embedded conversation, weaving change- A monthly public chat to explore how the making opportunity and community into a medium is changing us, changing change, and how unconference in Montreal. we can use it to make the world better, sooner. past future Ongoing: Research Micro-Journal A micro-journal for researchers to share insights and updates on what they researching as they are researching it. Ongoing: initiatives An information site, blog, group and Ad-hoc: Deep Dives twitter account broadcasting the latest Facilitated research sprints around specific arenas of change in the medium. (e.g. aboriginal communities). What’s the impact of the medium and how can it be used to ease and accelerate change? Ad-hoc: Deep Devs Facilitated development initiatives to build critical infrastructure and specific applications of the medium for change.
  58. 58. who we are • Core Team • Development Michael Lewkowitz (t | li) Peter Flaschner (t | li) entrepreneur, igniter design Ryan Coleman (t | li) Joseph Dee (t | li) entrepreneur, facilitator development • Steering Committee Dan Williams (t | li) hosting Duncan Holmes (t | bio) President, ICA Associates • Supporters Tim Draimin (t | li) SiG@Waterloo Executive Director, SiG research outreach James Walker (t | li) SiG@MaRS Open standards advocate #cmToronto Austin Hill (t | li) Entrepreneur, Founder Akoha • Hosted by Tides Canada Foundation
  59. 59. You...
  60. 60. ...are changing the world Data Interaction Infrastructure Devices an emerging system of social technologies more people ➜ making more change ➜ for a better future ➜ sooner
  61. 61. Advancing the medium of change. For a better future, sooner. Contact: Michael Lewkowitz 519.200.3034
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