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Friday, March 27, 2009

Tomorrow’s News: Models For An Everyone Is Media World

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Session Description

We are witnessing the destruction of the old media order—and the noisy, thrilling invention of something new. Tectonic shifts in technology and human behavior have changed forever the way we create, deliver, and consume information. The result: a host of emerging models from around the globe that thrive on connection and community, promising previously unimagined opportunities to engage people as active, change-making citizens. This session will examine levers of power in a world where everyone can be an editor — and demonstrate why, far from mourning the demise of journalism, there’s reason to celebrate a new generation.


When | Where

10:45 - 12:15 Friday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Bill Drayton Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Ashoka
    As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of over 3,600 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Mr. Drayton is the Chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!, and previously served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, founded Save EPA, and worked at McKinsey. He is a graduate of Harvard, Balliol College at Oxford University, and Yale Law School.
  • Gregor Hackmack Speaker
    Co-Founder, Parlamentwatch (NGO)
    Gregor Hackmack founded the dialogue and transparency website together with his colleague Boris Hekele in Germany. On citizens can post public questions and receive public answers. Thus over the time a virtual voter’s memory is being generated. In 2008 Gregor was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship.
  • Paula Ellis Speaker
    Vice President / Strategic Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    Paula Ellis oversees the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s national programmes, new initiatives, the Transformation Fund and evaluation work and is a member of the Executive Committee. Paula was formerly vice president for operations at Knight Ridder overseeing 15 newspapers. She was a member of the company’s management committee and led companywide reader innovation and cost containment initiatives. She was the president and publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; managing editor and assistant to the publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.; and editor in the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau and at The Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind.
  • Senior Researcher , Centre for Policy Alternatives
    Sanjana Yajitha Hattotuwa is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives and Head of ICT and Peacebuilding at InfoShare, both located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has an Advanced Masters in Conflict Resolution and International Relations at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and an honours degree in English from the University of Delhi, India. Sanjana is an internationally recognized thought-leader in the use of ICT and new media for peacebuilding and is the founding Editorof Groundviews (, a pioneering and award-winning web based citizen journalism initiative in Sri Lanka.
  • Sasa Vucinic Speaker
    Managing Director, Media Development Investment Fund
    Sasa Vucinic is co-founder and Managing Director of Media Development Loan Fund. MDLF is a social investment fund for independent news outlets in the developing world. It provides low cost capital, new technology solutions and management knowhow to assist journalists in challenging environments in building sustainable businesses around professional, responsible, quality journalism. MDLF was founded in 1995 and has provided $90 million in affordable financing to independent media companies in 24 countries. From 1993 to 1995 Sasa worked as a Media Consultant to the Soros Foundation network. Prior to that he was the General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of Radio B-92 in Belgrade. Sasa is a graduate of the University of Belgrade Law School.