We’re co-hosting today with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and USAID an Ebola Innovation Summit, aimed at both getting to zero cases in the current West African outbreak, as well as learning lessons from the current crisis to better prepare for the next infectious disease outbreak. You can find more details here. Follow it on social media via the hashtags #TackleEbola and #Innovate4Ebola.
The final session of the six-part Reinventing Nuclear Security series, an initiative of N Square, which we support, focuses on envisioning a world in which nuclear weapons no longer play a role. You can watch a recap of that session below. It includes an interesting mix of futurists, faith leaders, and advocates. Worth watching. Plus, you can review recap videos of all six sessions (or watch the full 90-minute roundtables) from the series main page here.
The 2015 Skoll World Forum kicked off in Oxford tonight with a great “In Conversation With” Jeff Skoll and a panel featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his daughter Mpho, Zak Ebrahim, and Ophelia Dahl talking about belief and what keeps them motivated in their social change work. The Forum continues tomorrow and Friday, with live streaming options throughout. You can check out the live stream here and follow events on Twitter with hashtag #skollwf. Hope you can check it out!
Ted-Ed has created a fun and informative short video on how to eradicate a disease, looking at the experience of the smallpox program, which our Senior Advisor and former President, Larry Brilliant, was a key part of in the 1970s. It helps explain why other infectious diseases, like HIV, are trickier, and how close we are on polio.
In our work on water security, we’ve been supporting the World Resource Institute’s efforts to expand and enhance its Aqueduct tool, which measures and maps water risks around the world. They’ve just come out with a compelling global analysis of flood risk, using a flood analysis component of Aqueduct. Access a short BBC piece by clicking on the image below.
The most recent segment of the Reinventors Network series on Reinventing Nuclear Security focused on ways new players who don’t traditionally think of the nuclear security sphere can constructively engage in the space. We are supporting the series via our investment in N Square, a new initiative designed to help bring new ideas and new players to the nuclear security conversation. Below is a short video recap of the session. The next segment, on developing next-generation innovators to support nuclear security, takes place tomorrow, March 3, at 11:00 am PT. Click here for more information.
NHK, the Japanese broadcasting company, has done a nice segment for its English-language NHK World program on the Participatory One Health Disease Detection (PODD) project we helped launch earlier this month in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It gives a good sense of the mobile app at the core of the effort. Watch it below.
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Members of our pandemics team were in Chiang Mai last week for the official launch of an innovative disease detection project. We signed an memorandum of understanding with local government leaders, Chiang Mai University and Opendream (a Thailand-based technology company) for the Participatory One Health Disease Detection (PODD) project, a first of its kind community-based surveillance system. It operationalizes the One Health concept – that human, animal and environmental health are all intimately interrelated. Since the project began in September 2014, the team has developed a mobile application for local volunteers to report sick or dead animals, changes in food prices at markets, and food borne illness. The project team has trained over 300 volunteers from throughout Chiang Mai to use the app and they have already identified an outbreak of avian influenza and several potential cases of rabies from dog bites. Below is Thai public television coverage of the PODD project, which, though in Thai, conveys a sense of the types of animal environments included under the project. The segment starts at 5:30 in the video below, with our Mark Smolinki appearing briefly at the 8:23 mark.
The second session in the Reinventors Network series on Reinventing Nuclear Security that we’re supporting focused on how the National Labs system, born of the nuclear age, might look different in the future. It’s an interesting conversation, including former lab workers, academics, nuclear specialists and even a sci-fi writer. You can watch a short recap of that session below.
The recent kickoff session of the new Reinventors Network series on rethinking nuclear security we’re helping support through N Square has now been summarized in an 11-minute recap video. The session focuses on the potential for novel application of technology to solve nuclear security challenges. Some really interesting insights from a great lineup of futurists and technologists:
Paula Saffo, Technology forecaster, Professor at Stanford University & Futures Track Chair at Singularity University Reese Jones, Associate Founder at Singularity University; longtime venture strategist John Perry Barlow, Co-Founder in General & Peripheral Visionary Greg Petroff, Chief Experience Officer at GE Software Sean Gourley, Co-Founder & CTO at Quid Brie Linkenhoker, Director of Worldview Stanford at Stanford University Erika Gregory, Director of N Square & Host of the Reinvent Nuclear Security series