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Friday, April 16, 2010

Reimagining Networks For Innovation And Impact

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Session Description

In a world where everyone is a co-creator, witness, reporter or educator, social networks have become more powerful than ever. With advancements in open sourced technology platforms, these exploding online networks can be used to fuel innovation, foster serendipity, give voice to beneficiaries, and collaborate with kindred thinkers. Join experts as they discuss the roles, barriers and future opportunities for networking to facilitate collaboration, heighten programmatic impact, and foster accountability and transparency.


When | Where

11:00 - 12:30 Friday, April 16

Session leaders

  • 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.
  • Joichi Ito Speaker
    Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Joichi Ito is the Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the former CEO of Creative Commons. He has created numerous internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr, SocialText, Dopplr,, Rupture and other internet companies.
  • Liu Yan Speaker
    CEO & Co-Founder, Xindanwei
    Liu Yan is the CEO and event curator of Xindanwei, the first collaborative workspace and community for creatives and start ups in China. Since 2004, she has been advocating cross-culture and inter-disciplinary connection and collaboration between Europe and China through events like PICNIC and Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF). She is also the chairwoman of 3S ReUnion in Shanghai, an event for people from arts, technology and academic fields to meet and share their knowledge.
  • Mona Eltahawy Speaker
    Columnist & Public Speaker,
    Mona Eltahawy is a New York-based award-winning columnist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is a columnist for Qatar’s Al Arab newspaper, Israel’s Jerusalem Report, Denmark’s Politiken and Metro Canada and she has been published frequently in The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. Before moving to the U.S. in 2000, Mona was a reporter in the Middle East. Mona was born in Egypt and has lived in the U.K, Saudi Arabia and Israel.