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Advancing the medium of change for a better future, sooner.

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  • ChangeMedium - Overview

    1. 1. Advancing the medium of change
    2. 2. our context Deep down, we all want a future where we are safe. Where we have enough to eat. Where we belong. A future where what we do is meaningful and makes the world better for ourselves, for each other, and for the future. A future that’s shared by all. Through industry and information we’ve become powerful. But somehow, that future is no nearer. Instead we’re finding we’ve pushed our planet and society to the limit. We’re finding our trajectory is unsustainable.
    3. 3. our future We are in a time of transition. Our future is shaped by what we do next. A growing movement of change is responding. It is easing and accelerating our transition to a future we want. It comes from people coming together to make the world better. In little ways. In big ways. In many ways. And now, more than ever, we see that in every way, this movement is powered by the medium of change.
    4. 4. the medium of change Data Interaction Infrastructure Devices an emerging system of social technologies that bring people together more people ➜ making more change ➜ for a better future ➜ sooner
    5. 5. 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.
    6. 6. 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.
    7. 7. what are we waiting for? • let’s understand its potential Research is valuable and necessary. It’s beginning to happen but it can’t keep pace. How can we speed it up? How can we weave it into what’s happening today? • let’s build it better The medium is being built around us right now. Built in the private interest it’s not optimized for public benefit. What infrastructure, protocols, applications amplify its potential? • let’s apply it more deeply It’s changing us and changing change. But what does it mean for specific communities and issues? How can we apply it to most accelerate change case by case?
    8. 8. who’s working on it? intervention advance apply community
    9. 9. ChangeMedium facilitates initiatives among researchers, developers, and change makers to advance and apply the medium of change. researchers advance change the future makers Medium of Change initiatives we want apply developers better understanding, more people, a better future, faster progress making more change sooner
    10. 10. what we’re up to with Change Makers Impact Discoveries Catalyzing application of the Medium for impact. Partnering with foundations, ChangeMedium facilitates iterative advances in understanding about the implications of the medium around specific impact areas. By engaging stakeholders, researchers, and developers we also generate specific, actionable opportunities to apply the medium for change in that area. with Researchers with Developers Journal of the Medium April 13th, San Francisco Closing the gap between research and the Engaging developers in building and applying the evolution of the Medium. Medium for change. ChangeMedium is developing a peer- ChangeMedium is hosting an evening for produced, open-access journal to surface developers to explore the latest advances in the and showcase researchers and research medium of change and it’s application to make a related to the Medium.The better we better future sooner. Scheduled for April 13th in understand it, the better we can build and San Francisco it will coincide with Chirp, the apply it for a better future, sooner. first official Twitter developer conference.
    11. 11. what we’re seeking • Core funding to scale impact • 250k for core staffing and initiative facilitation • Charitable receipting available in the U.S. and Canada • Initiative partners and participants • Foundations in your impact area • host interventions • Researchers • join in interventions • participate and publish in the Journal • Developers • join in interventions • participate in events • help build the Journal
    12. 12. who we are • Core Team • Development Michael Lewkowitz (t | li) Peter Flaschner (t | li) entrepreneur, igniter designer Ryan Coleman (t | li) Joseph Dee (t | li) entrepreneur, facilitator developer • Steering Committee Dan Williams (t | li) developer Duncan Holmes (t | bio) President, ICA Associates “Institute for Cultural Affairs” • Supporters SiG@Waterloo Tim Draimin (t | li) research outreach Executive Director, SiG “Social Innovation Generation” SiG@MaRS #cmToronto James Walker (t | li) Open standards advocate, • Hosted by Tides Canada Foundation
    13. 13. we’re ready for you We call the emerging ecosystem of social technologies “the medium of change”. We believe it is changing us and changing change in ways that will ease and accelerate our transition to the future we want. We facilitate initiatives among researchers, developers , and changemakers to advance and apply the medium for a better future, sooner. We are raising funds and seeking partners for our next initiatives. We are ChangeMedium and we need you to make it happen.
    14. 14. For a better future, sooner. Contact: Michael Lewkowitz 519.200.3034