18th Infopoverty World Conference: “Collective Creativity and Digital Innovation. Forging inclusive partnerships to sustain peace and development”

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18th IWC Program

Presentation. “Collective creativity” is a concept launched by IN Magazine, Milan 1972, and diffused from California by Jim Burns’ homonymous book published in 1974. It signals the new electronic era of widespread interactivity and social media, where anybody can create and share messages and receive feedback, able to influence large masses of people.

The enormous energy arising from the opportunities that the employment of digital tools creates causes important repercussions in society, orienting political and social-economic trends. In other words: people have a voice and are no longer totally subject to the establishment.

This identifies new active roles for individuals and communities, increasing democracy and other assets of institutional power; so these are no longer reserved to elites but open to the new movements that express priorities and needs arising from the bottom. These are the roots of the new digital era, where nobody must be left behind.

The Infopoverty World Conference organized by OCCAM, with the patronage of the European Parliament Information Office in Milan, has since 2001, following the proclamation of the Millennium Development Goals, focused yearly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on innovative solutions and best practices, elaborated, together with the United Nations system, governments and the civil society, to empower the fight against poverty.

The Conference represents, for its continuity, operational capability and strong interoperability with the UN system, a unique global forum, gathering together leading experts, academics, opinion leaders, managers, government officials, and philanthropists.

It has given rise to the Infopoverty Programme, which promotes and realizes actions on the ground using ICTs as tools of development, creating the UN Millennium Village in Sambaing (Madagascar) and ICT Villages in Honduras, South Lebanon, Navajo Nation, Lesotho and Ethiopia.

The previous editions of our Conference, collected in the e-book “17 years of Infopoverty World Conference: the digital revolution in the words of the protagonists (2001-2017)”, generated the launching of new concrete approaches for the achievement of the SDGs: such as the global platform, led by the World Food Security e-Center, to provide e-services on Food Security, e-health, distance learning and training, directly to communities in need, and sustaining several local projects in Tunisia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Vanuatu, Zambia, Madagascar, Niger, in the ambit of the Global Alliance.

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