Join the Conversation – Global Pulse 2010 is on March 29-31

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is sponsoring Global Pulse 2010, a 3-day, online collaboration event, that will bring together individual socially-engaged participants and organizations from around the world.

Global Pulse 2010 is an online “virtual” event. Registration is free and participants can join from any computer with internet access. The event will be live, over the span of 3 days, and is hosted online using IBM’s award-winning Innovation Jam TM solution. “Similar to the collaborative spirit of musical ‘jamming,’ participants gather online to collaborate on ideas around real societal issues, build on each other’s contributions, find shared solutions — or simply connect. The Web 2.0 platform provides for a meaningful brainstorming environment where groups of individuals ranging from a few hundred — to hundreds of thousands — can join in. Based on the concept of crowdsourcing (also knows as “wisdom of crowds”), the Jam platform is especially adept at bringing communities together to discuss social issues.”
Global Pulse 2010 will launch on Monday, March 29th and concludes on Wednesday, March 31st.  Sign up here to join the conversation.
According to its website, the event will take the pulse of as many as 20,000 participants on key issues facing communities around the world. Global Pulse 2010 will connect participants who are champions for the same social issues to build new, or strengthen existing relationships, and inform U.S. foreign assistance and diplomatic strategies on major themes and ideas that emerge across the span of the event.
Individual discussions will take place within forums and will focus on ten designated topics as follows:
Developing Global Citizens of the 21st Century
Making equality a reality
What everyone should learn to succeed in the 21st century
Explore new ways to promote partnerships between societies, citizens, community organizations, and businesses as a means of creating sustainable solutions to shared development priorities
Understanding rights, increasing citizens participation and expanding accountability
Connecting and empowering individuals and communities to take charge over their own health and well-being
Find new ways to advance entrepreneurship, job creation, and economic opportunity
Discover new ways to support societies and build capacity by leveraging science and technology
Exchange lessons learned on how to address global climate change
Identifying the “grand challenges” of the next decade.  Each topic area will have recognized leaders in the related field of interest facilitating the conversations. And what is truly unique about this forum is that it gives people with innovative ideas the chance to voice their opinion, learn from one another, and speak directly with those who have the desire and resources to take action.

Read more about Global Pulse 2010 here.