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Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Internet, Mobile Technology And Cross-Cultural Communication

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Session Description

The rapid evolution of technology, social networks and mobile platforms is transforming classical notions of community and cross-cultural communication, offering new ways to disseminate ideas and drive engagement. In this session, leading thinkers and practitioners will explore the role of these new platforms as a means of developing community across cultures, and identify practical opportunities for delegates to leverage new technology to break down barriers, spread innovative ideas and attract new resources.

When | Where

10:00 - 12:00 Thursday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Ami Dar Speaker
    Founder and Executive Director,
    Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Built in 1996 with $3,500, Idealist has become one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the Web, with information posted by 70,000 organizations around the world and a staff of 60 in New York, Portland, and Buenos Aires. In 2000 the Stern Family Fund selected Ami as its annual Public Interest Pioneer, awarding him a $100,000 grant that allowed it to grow into the $3 million organization it is today. In 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the Nonprofit Times included Ami in its annual list of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector, and in 2004 Ashoka invited him to join its global fellowship of social entrepreneurs. In 2005 Time magazine name him a Philanthropy Innovator, and in 2006 the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business awarded Ami its annual Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award
  • Bruno Giussani Speaker
    European Director, TED Conferences Europe
    Bruno Giussani is the European director of TED ( and the Curator of TEDGlobal, and a member of the organization's senior leadership team. An author and frequent public speaker, he's an adviser to other organizations such as the ICRC, the Igarapé Institute and the Atlantic Council. He is based in Switzerland.
  • Daniela Papi Speaker
    Educator, Systems-led Leadership
    Daniela Papi-Thornton integrates emerging market entrepreneurial experience in Cambodia, with educational content design experience as the former Deputy Director of the Oxford’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Her report called “Tackling Heropreneurship” has been widely referenced in the social impact education sector. From that research she designed a tool called the Impact Gaps Canvas, as well as a series of programing initiatives to help people think like system change leaders. Her TEDx talk on Reclaiming Social Entrepreneurship highlights some of that thinking and she has taken her training and workshops to universities around the world. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Premal Shah Speaker
    Co-Founder & President, Kiva
    Premal helps lead —a crowdfunding website that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Since 2005, over $1B in philanthropic loans has been crowdfunded to millions of underserved entrepreneurs in 90 countries — with a 96% repayment rate. The site has been named as one of Oprah's Favorite Things and a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. Premal's inspiration came while volunteering in India while on leave from PayPal, where he had been an early employee. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University. He’s passionate about making it easier for anyone to discover their own power to make real impact. He serves on the Board of & — a crowdfunding for developing world health care site. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″ list.
  • Victor d'Allant Speaker
    Founder & CEO, Dallant Networks, LLC
    Paris-born Victor d’Allant is a cultural anthropologist turned digital media practitioner. His work includes field research on French truck drivers in the Middle East, mental health issues in India for the World Health Organization, and agricultural development in Burkina Faso for the World Bank. He is the Founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Dallant Networks, the social enterprise building online communities for large foundations and international organizations. Current and past clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Skoll Foundation and the World Bank Institute. He started his career as a photojournalist and his photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. He holds an MA/ABD in social anthropology from the Sorbonne and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. His motto: “Only jet. No lag.”