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NCDD Member Juli Fellows wrote to us recently with some amazing resources to inspire our own conversations about media, technology, science and other pressing issues and concerns of the day. These video excerpts come from conferences on these issues and are available free online. The list was compiled by Denise Lalonde of Lalonde Consulting and Coaching.

1) TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. Almost 150 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted. Visit www.ted.com/index.php/speakers. 2) Pop!Tech is a one-of-a-kind conference, a community of remarkable people, and an ongoing conversation about science, technology and the future of ideas. The conference brings together 500 visionary thinkers in the sciences, technology, business, design, the arts, education, government and culture. Visit www.poptech.org/archive/

3) Aspen Institute Programs: The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences, and leadership-development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, and leadership programs in Africa, Central America, and India. To learn more, visit http://fora.tv/partner/Aspen_Institute?q=1&page=10&sort=date

4) 2007 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship March 27-29, 2007, Saïd Business School, Oxford University, England. This year’s Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship attracted nearly 700 social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, policy makers, corporate representatives, financiers, philanthropists and students from more than 40 countries. Learn more at http://skoll.org/skollcentre/skoll_forum.asp.
5) Clinton Global Initiative -CGI is a non-partisan catalyst for action bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. See http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?&pid=1434&srcid=1610

6) Another conference occurred a few weeks ago at the NY Public Library and was very interesting as we go into this next elections. THERE YOU GO AGAIN: Orwell Comes to America On the 60th anniversary of Orwell’s Politics and the English Language,George Orwell described political speech as consisting “largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” Some six decades later, manysymptoms of manipulation and propaganda diagnosed by Orwell persist on the American political landscape, along with new disinformation techniques enabled by modern technology.

Historians, scientists, philosophers, linguists, cognitive experts, journalists, image-makers, and public figures will debate in three separate sessions the current state of political discourse—and journalism’s response to it— on the dawn of a bitterly contested presidential campaign. This event was co-sponsored by the Open Society Institute http://www.mapdigital.com/orwell/welcome.html

7) Harvard Classes by Tal Ben Shahar

On Positive Psychology: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k14790

On Psychology of Leadership: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k14803

8) Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve: The Center for BAWB advances extraordinary business innovation and entrepreneurship by turning the global environmental and social issues of our day into core value-creation opportunities.BAWB provides solutions to the how of sustainable value and social entrepreneurship, helping companies become the leading-edge stars of their industries through applied sustainability, research, and education efforts. The Media library offers video and digital audio stories of more innovative business practices that bring benefit to the world, with the hope to expand the know-how knowledge around business as an agent of world benefit. Resources from various BAWB events, such aspresentations and speeches are also included in the Media Library. Visit http://worldbenefit.cwru.edu/mediaLibrary/.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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  1. […] Online Resources for Dialogue By Amy Lang Almost 150 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted. Visit http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers. (more…) NCDD News & Perspectives – http://www.thataway.org/index.php […]

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