Harnessing hyperconnectivity for engagement #WFGM17


Global Meeting of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society:

Daring to lead in a disrupted world

Engage for impact!


5-6 October 2017

Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France


From the Arab Spring to the Women's March to Black Lives Matter, legions of citizen journalists and digital activists, armed with camera phones and Twitter handles, have given energy to social movements around the world that bring about real change.

Meanwhile, new online platforms give people greater influence over their elected officials. In Tunisia Al Bawsala provides information about the work and budget of the government at different levels to put citizens at the core of political action. FixMyStreet in the UK allows observers to report damage and nuisances to their local council and encourage authorities to fact. And Paris launched a website and participatory budgeting scheme to continue to build a just, inclusive and sustainable city through its citizens' ideas.

One thing is clear – our increasingly connected world is giving people greater power to engage.

Defining the role that tech companies and social platforms should play in encouraging responsible and productive public debate is just one of the critical questions to be addressed at our upcoming Global Meeting. How can individuals, businesses and other organisations dare to take the lead in putting technology at the centre of civic engagement?


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Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and watch the tag #WFGM17 to hear the latest on our programme and learn how you can join the conversation. Our current programme is available here. Below are just a few of the daring leaders who will be joining us in October


Speaker WFGM17

Amira Yahyaoui, president and founder of Al Bawsala, will weigh in on the role that technology does and should play in mediating civic engagement and encouraging productive public discourse.



Ertharin Cousin, former executive director of the UN World Food Programme, will talk about how leaders must think beyond today's headlines toward a shared and sustainable vision of the future.



Livia Firth, founder and creative director of Eco-Age Ltd., will join a discussion on how supply chains must be responsive and responsible and how fashion can be accessible and sustainable at the same time.


Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, will join a discussion on the myths and realities of how automation and artificial intelligence will disrupt the human machine relationship.

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