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Kickoff presentation for the Development and Mapping Summit at the State Department on Oct. 27, 2010. Includes a number of slides from the vision presentation for, connecting open sources of data to help enable entrepreneurs working to impact local and global problems.

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  1. 1. Connecting the dots between data stakeholders in the impact arena Gary A. Bolles CEO, Xigi Inc. Co-founder, SoCap – Social Capital Markets Development & Information Mapping Summit Oct. 27, 2010
  2. 2. Why are we here today? • Discover who’s in the room • Describe who’s doing what • Demonstrate some cool technology • Discuss what needs to be done • Define a set of shared goals • Determine followup steps
  3. 3. The “impact ecosystem” is broad and diverse…
  4. 4. …And many are represented in this room Booz Allen Hamilton NetHope William and Mary University Winrock World Bank Xigi Google Ushahidi OpenAction SoCap OPIC U.S. Dept. of State United Kingdom USAID ESRI FHI William and Mary University InterAction FAO European Union National Geographic Society Business Civic Leadership Center Clinton Global Initiative
  5. 5. • AID DATA • Architecture for Humanity • BCLC • Blue Raster • Booz Allen Hamilton • CGI • Crisis Commons • ESRI • FAO • GeoCommons • GIS Advisor • Google • Intel • National Geographic • NetHope • Open Action • OPIC • OUSFDA • SIS • • UNDP • United Kingdom • Univ. Minnesota • Universities 4 Ushahidi • US Dept. of State • US Southern Command • USAID • WEF • William & Mary U • Xigi
  6. 6. Why has it historically been so disconnected? • Strong incentive to publish only positive outcomes • Many point-in-time research initiatives, but few dynamic, ongoing, comprehensive efforts • Little rooting in the social graph
  7. 7. In a word: Silos.
  8. 8. How do we help to break them down? In a word: Data.
  9. 9. But accurate, up-to-date, & complete information is hard to find. • Data exists about these initiatives for impact – but it sits in silos – In Web sites – In proprietary databases – In documents on local hard drives • And where the information exists, it’s not connected – Linking entrepreneurs and sources of funding – Linking initiatives and the people they’re intended to serve – Linking intended outcomes with what actually happens “Data are the new platform for change.” – Lucy Bernholz, “Disrupting Philanthropy 2.0”
  10. 10. What are the layers of the data? • Constituents – Beneficiaries. Recipients. Receiving partners. • Problems – What are the issues that are intended to be impacted? • Places – Where are the resources coming from? Where will they be located? Where will they be applied? • People • Organizations • Resources – What’s being applied to the problem? Where does it go? • Initiatives – How are the people, organizations & resources being focused? • Impact – What were the intended outcomes? What were the actual outcomes – intended or unintended?
  11. 11. What do people want to do with that data? • Whenever an individual or an organization intends to help solve a local or global challenge, they go through the same process: – They want to DISCOVER who else shares the same focus, in the same region – They want to COORDINATE their efforts, to reduce duplication and increase impact – They want to COLLABORATE with others • But one huge challenge stands in their way: Sharing information. “Who’s focused on food security in Muslim-majority countries??” “Which startup should I invest in focused on mobile payments in India?” “How can we band together into an action network?”
  12. 12. Geospatial mapping is “the place” to start • Much existing data has a geographical component – (though not in all cases comprehensive) • Location is of critical importance to many stakeholders • Information is often more easily understood
  13. 13. …But “impact mapping” covers a range of data visualization & consumption • Search interface – Unstructured data • Data regression • Collaborative Research • Data normalization
  14. 14. We need to find ways to link the wide range of data sources… • Imagine being able to easily find information about people, organizations and initiatives – From a wide range of sources – For the broad range of impact initiatives – Up to date • And imagine if it was accessible… – In a variety of industry-standard data formats – On any device – In any location Universities Social/ Entrepreneur Programs & Degrees Social Entrepreneurs Volunteers For-Profit Entrepreneurs sources of capital sources of action philanthropic government connectors debt services glue Information Exchanges Support Organizations Cross- Category Consortia Governments National Regional State Local Citizens U.N. Community Development Agencies Family Offices Faith- based Individual Donors Donor Platforms NGOs/ Non-Profits Social Enterprises For-profit Enterprises Financial Exchanges Market Platforms Competitions APIs Mobile Platforms Metrics Corporate Foundations Private Foundations Venture Philanthropy Social Venture Funds equity Angel Investors Limited Partners Investor Platforms Funds of Funds Venture Funds Investor Consortia Traditional Corporations Intrapreneurs Multi- national Banks Local Banks Lending Platforms Micro- credit Tax-Advantaged Debt Funds Membership Organizations Events & Social Networks Media Statistics
  16. 16. …and make new connections KANECT Tell your story. #kanectquery Who else cares about mobile payments in Uganda? Find others interested in the same issues. Post information about yours & others’ activities Initiative: PlantAFish Focus: Ocean preservation Founder: Fabian Cousteau Create new “action networks” Connect entrepreneurs & capital ! $
  17. 17. There needs to be a healthy “attention marketplace” • All data contributed into the information fabric will be openly available • Data providers will have access to special tools to help with the sharing and use of the data • The information provided can power… – Local portals & social networks • Example: All organizations focused on mobile health in Uganda – Funding groups • Example: An investment group supporting Internet cafes in Nepal – Market platforms • Example: A social capital marketplace in Thailand – Action networks • Example: A group of like-minded individuals seeking new approaches to anti-malaria vaccines
  18. 18. The potential results from this new information fabric are nearly limitless. • Greater engagement by individuals & organizations – Help to channel the passion for change to existing & new initiatives • More efficient use of resources – Capital can be aggregated from numerous sources – and applied where it’s most needed • Better partnering between major – and not so major – players – Stop funding duplicate efforts, and start funding the most effective solutions • Better public policy – The better we know where resources are going, the better we can allocate them • More widespread understanding of the need for social justice – Sharing data about initiatives can show a global audience what’s being done to bring people together to solve problems around the world
  19. 19. Vertical Arena + Regional Focus = “Entrepreneur Hubs” Poverty Food security Water Health Social justice Education Shelter Fair Trade Mobile Sub- Saharan Africa Mobil- Active Middle East MAPPING MAPPERS Eastern Europe India & Pakistan China Pacific Rim Latin America “The Platform” North America
  20. 20. It’s really about connecting much of what is already there. • There are many existing groups, organizations and initiatives with a broad range of information – Membership organizations & fellowships (SVN, Skoll, TED, Ashoka and more) – Emerging volunteer & sharing sites (Jumo, etc.) – Market & donation platforms (GSIX, Kiva and more) – University social entrepreneur programs (Stanford, UCBerkeley, Columbia and more) – High-visibility platforms (Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum) – Foundations (Gates, Acumen, Rockefeller, Kauffman and more) – Government agencies (State Department, USAID, IADB) – Collaboration initiatives (ANDE/PULSE, GIIN/IRIS, and more) • Each will have varying levels of interest in sharing data – but as the platform grows, many will see the value in contributing as much as possible
  21. 21. Yes!I want to share my data. email for more Nobody can do it alone. • Critical roles in the development of this information fabric – Data Providers • From individuals & startups to large foundations & government organizations: Commit to sharing your data – Data Users • From individuals & startups to large foundations & government organizations: Commit to using the data – Catalysts • People and organizations who can bring broad attention to the initiative – Catalyst Funders • Provide seed & expansion capital to support the initiative – Technology Partners • Provide key resources to release and integrate information – Conveners • Bring stakeholders together to help them connect
  22. 22. We have examples to point us to “a way forward.” National Broadband Strategy Coalition
  23. 23. Let’s get busy. • Discover who’s in the room • Describe who’s doing what • Demonstrate some cool technology • Discuss what needs to be done • Define a set of shared goals • Determine followup steps