Careers in ICT that change the world


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Presentation given by Jasmin Tragas at VITTA Careers in ICT 2009 about social media and changing the world

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  • How I met Anita a year ago. How she inspired and challenged me to volunteer with Opportunity International.
  • An example of how IT can make a difference to they way we use electricity. While you watch this, think about all the skills needed to make this happen.
  • We upload pics of family and friends, we take quizzes etc but people are also adding causes to Facebook, sharing ideas. Building community.
  • This is one of my colleagues in the US. She is also CEO of
  • Use video and web tools – get the untold stories
  • We have already looked at water, but what other ways can we use IT to help create smarter traffic, communication, or schools? Let’s look at traffic
  • As a side note - You can have all the skills in the world, and all the greatest plans to make a difference. But one thing you need is confidence to get you there. Think of some small steps you can take to help build that up. More experience, the more confidence.
  • You’re not alone in this. There are millions of people around the world making a difference and I feel fortunate enough to have connected through Twitter. Look for them you’l find them.
  • Marigo is one of them – she’s in Melbourne, she has a company, she’s looking at gaming for sustainable solutiosn
  • Secondlife for education. Wikis, blogs, mobile phones. Who is going to design the content? Who is going to find ways to make it work? Who will coordinate the communities? Who will create the instructional design for new media and games?
  • Mentors in NY, had one in London, Spain. We connect via chat. IBM has program with Smith Family. Need people to set these up.
  • Non profits looking more and more to technology to get the word out.
  • Use technology to forge community, connections with medical experts, future families, donors.
  • Are you one of these? You can make an important contribution. Start small. Dream big. Be strategic.
  • Let’s pause for a second.
  • Stacey has shown how quickly talking can move into action
  • Things have changed so much in the last year, last 5 years. 20 years (gulp) But imagine in 10 years what that might mean to the things you might be able to contribute to.
  • Take a look at another game
  • Worldshapers- some of the women featured in this presentation featured in Worldshapers for Womens Opportunity. Amy Jussel – Shaping Youth
  • Doing in classrooms to help empower youth
  • Nancy White - communities
  • Background journalist, finds creative ways to help people conceptualise ideas, connect for good
  • What about You in a few years? What will we find?
  • Thanks – final questions etc
  • Careers in ICT that change the world

    1. An alphabet of possibilities What do Twitter and Facebook have to do with making a difference? Jasmin Tragas @wonderwebby
    3. <ul><li>“ When a woman invests in the lives of others, she propels herself forward into more of her own destiny...the unlikely dividend of living a life for others is discovering the purpose of your own.” </li></ul><ul><li>Anita Pahor ‘ The Letter A ’ </li></ul>
    4. <ul><li>Over $7,000 raised for Opportunity International’s microfinance programs for Filipino women in poverty, plus a $10,000 pledge, using social media. </li></ul>
    6. Be strategic <ul><li>How can you put your skills, experience, connections, your passion and your confidence to work? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you develop these things? </li></ul>
    8. Conversation Bloggers around the world raised money for Variety Children’s Charity, through the Age of Conversation and the Age of Conversation 2
    10. Determine to make a difference <ul><li>What kind of impact do you want to make? </li></ul><ul><li>Dream big </li></ul><ul><li>Be passionate about your cause </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with others </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what skills you need to make that impact </li></ul>
    12. Electricity <ul><li>Smarter Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Source: IBM A/NZ social media </li></ul>
    14. Facebook Connections and Causes Image source: Beth Kanter
    16. Phaedra Boinidiris CEO and Co-Founder of USA “ Games was what pulled my sister and I into the tech world. There was something escapist, compelling, creative about games. We decided to design our own- spending hours and hours learning Basic, learning fundamental design” Games Source: WorldShapers ebook
    19. Heroes
    20. Daphne Nederhorst Founder and Executive Director of SAWA Canada “ We use digital story telling in a new way. A way where the unsung heroes in the world’s poorest countries can showcase their innovative solutions to solve extreme poverty to a global audience via video and web tools. These heroes, individuals, have changed million of lives and protected hundreds of thousands areas of natural habitat. Sawa Heroes hold valuable lessons for all of humanity” Source: WorldShapers ebook
    22. Infrastructure <ul><li>Smarter Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Courtesy of IBM Social Media A/NZ </li></ul>
    24. Jump In Take small steps to build your confidence (Images by Wonderwebby )
    26. Kindness <ul><li>You’ll find it somewhere tucked inbetween tweets, through online donations from strangers on ChipIn or wrapped around the creative work of Etsy artists selling things online to raise funds for a bushfire appeal </li></ul>
    27. Marigo Raftopolous - Management Consultant, Serious Games evangelist @ marigo Australia “ Thanks to technology, winning hearts and minds is now easier as it has powered sharing and collaboration on a mass scale. So as long as we are passionate about our world in our own hearts, we all have the tools to make a difference. ” Source: WorldShapers ebook
    29. Learning
    30. “ I've had many moments when my thinking about the nature of learning - true learning - has been transformed, changed and transformed again. The members of this community give generously of their expertise - its a genuine gift-giving community, where people share their stories, their knowledge, and their time ” Dr Angela A Thomas Author Youth Online,Sydney University @ anyaixchel Australia Source: WorldShapers ebook
    32. Mentoring <ul><li>Chat, Tweets, Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Smith Family program </li></ul>
    34. Not for Profits <ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Passionistas </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>
    36. Orphans
    37. Karen Maunu, Associate Executive Director, Love Without Boundaries Foundation @ karenmaunu_lwb USA “ Moms can make a huge difference because they care so deeply about children and families; almost all our volunteers are women and moms.  Our foundation was started by a mom who went back to her daughter’s orphanage and found a child dying of heart disease.  From that first visit 6 years ago, we are now helping over 1,500 children a year, many of these now adopted into families” Source: WorldShapers ebook
    39. “ Across the world young people are making important contributions as world citizens, productive workers, entrepreneurs, consumers and agents of change” Annie Le Cavalier Director Vibewire Youth Inc . @ vibewire Australia Passion Source: WorldShapers ebook
    41. Questions? <ul><li>Before we get to R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y & Z? </li></ul>
    43. Roles including: <ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><li>Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
    45. Sustainability Sandy Skees, President and Founder @ sandyskees USA “ It's time to restore the planet's bounty and create well-being for everyone knowing that we are all connected, dependent upon and truly invested in each other” Source: WorldShapers ebook
    46. Smart Technology <ul><li>Smarter Water </li></ul><ul><li>Courtesy of IBM A/NZ Social Media </li></ul>
    48. Talk <ul><li>Use your voice to make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Be a leader </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter isn’t just for celebrities  </li></ul>
    49. Stacey Monk CEO and Co-Founder Epic Change @ staceymonk USA “ Loan capital has been raised primarily online from nearly 1000 donors, most notably TweetsGiving, which raised over $11,000 in 48 hours from the Twitter community.  The funds raised from TweetsGiving have now built a classroom in Tanzania where the Twitter handles of donors are painted on the walls.” Source: WorldShapers ebook
    51. U can do it Debra Askanase, CEO, Community Organizer 2.0. Social Media for Non Profits @ askdebra Jerusalem “ With new applications and developments every day, the social web offers unlimited potential and power to change our world for the better.” Source: WorldShapers ebook
    53. Virtual worlds <ul><li>Secondlife and games that make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring and onboarding </li></ul>
    55. Amy Jussel Founder/Executive Director of Shaping Youth USA “ Women have a unique ‘lens’ with which to view children’s socio-emotional health, understanding how pop culture is defining kids before they even have a chance to define themselves”…”women expanded the conversation via Twitter, text, mobile/social using inclusiveness to roll forward with unstoppable momentum, much like the viral video ‘The Girl Effect.’ ” Worldshapers Source: WorldShapers ebook
    57. Nancy White Founder, Full Circle Associates @ NancyWhite USA “ Together we understand more. We stand strong. We hold each other up when all else feels hopeless or we fear we will never be heard. Women have been at the forefront of community. They have been the waves of change, flowing over the rocks of challenge and organizational inertia.” Source: WorldShapers ebook
    59. Express yourself <ul><li>There’s a place for creativity in the world of ICT </li></ul>
    60. “ We are discovering how visual language can work on the web with new visualization technologies” Eileen Clegg Founder of Visual Insight @ eileenclegg USA Source: WorldShapers ebook
    63. YOU! <ul><li>It’s about putting your skills, experience, connections, your passion and your confidence to work </li></ul><ul><li>What are yours? </li></ul>
    66. ZOMG! I can do something too! <ul><li>What are my skills? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I apply them to my passions? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have enough experience? How can I get experience? (study? Work experience? Volunteering?) </li></ul><ul><li>Do I need a mentor? </li></ul>