Tech@State: Civil Society

Date: 09/23/2010 Description: Civil Society 2.0 logo - State Dept Image

The third edition of Tech@State took place November 4-5, 2010, in collaboration with the World Bank. The event can be viewed online at This Tech@State addressed the Civil Society 2.0 initiative. The conference explored applications of technology to ensure civil society organizations operate more effectively and collaboratively. Join the discussion on our LinkedIn Group. For more information on Civil Society 2.0 please take a look at What is Civil Society 2.0?

On November 4, 2010, the morning activities started at the George C. Marshall Center at the Department of State, with presentations to introduce aspects of the Civil Society 2.0 concept, followed by discussions on five civil society topic areas:

  • Democracy Transparency and Civic Engagement
  • Promoting Economic Opportunity
  • The Role of Science, Tech, Environment
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Civil Society and Government in Fragile States

November 4, 2010 Schedule

7:45-8:30 Registration, Light Breakfast, Networking
8:30-8:35 Opening Remarks
Susan Swart, CIO, U.S. Dept. of State
8:45-9:00 Defining Civil Society 2.0
Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation, Office of the Secretary of State
9:00-9:15 Why Civil Society is embracing 2.0
Brian A. Gallagher, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide
9:15-9:30 Aid, Development and Civil Society 2.0
Maura O'Neill, Senior Counselor to the Administrator for Innovation at USAID
9:30-10:00 What Civil Society 2.0 means for the Tech Community
Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media
10:00-10:30 Q&A
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:40 How technology is impacting Civil Society
Beth Kanter, CEO, Zoetica, and Co-Author, The Networked Nonprofit
Mark Horvath, Invisible People TV
Shawn Ahmed, The Uncultured Project
11:40-12:10 Q&A

Closing and information on afternoon and Nov. 5 activities

12:15-12:45 Travel to the World Bank





Lunch served at the World Bank

Welcome by Christoph Pusch, Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank and Suzanne Hall, Department of State (12th floor banquet room)

How the World Bank is leveraging technology for Civil Society 2.0
Aleem Walji, Practice Manager for Innovation and Technology, World Bank

Civil Society 2.0, World Bank and Shifting Perspectives
Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank

2:00-2:05 Information on Breakout Sessions and Nov. 5 activities
2:05-2:30 Move to Breakout Sessions/Break
2:30-4:30 Breakout Sessions Democracy Transparency and Civic Engagement
Breakout 1
Andrew Rasiej, Personal Democracy Forum (Group Leader)
Simon Rosenberg, NDN
Oscar Salazar, CitiVox
Kathryn Peters, Democracy Works

Breakout 2
Promoting Economic Opportunity
Tim Kane, Kauffman Foundation (Group Leader)
Inigo Jodra, Banca Civica Group
Brian Cayce, Grayghost Ventures
Stacy Donohue, Omidyar Network

Breakout 3
The Role of Science, Tech, Environment
Adam Bly, Seed (Group Leader)
Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity
Shaifali Puri, Scientists Without Borders

Breakout 4
Disaster Risk Management
Nigel Snoad, ICT4Peace & Microsoft (Group Leader)
Emma Phillips, World Bank
Adele Waugaman, UN Foundation
Bob Greenberg, The Viterra Institute

Breakout 5
Civil Society and Government in Fragile States
Clare Lockhart, Effective States (Group Leader)
Sima Kanaan, World Bank
Tomicah Tillemann, United States Department of State
Darian Rodriguez Heyman, CODE Green Agency

"Unconference" November 5, 2010 Schedule

8:30 The unconference will start with breakfast at the World Bank
9:00 Opening remarks
David Weinberger, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, and
Wayne Moses Burke, Open Forum Foundation
10:00 Scheduling the day
The unconference allows participants to form their own agenda and sessions to more widely share expertise and explore the issues of Civil Society 2.0.
10:30 Session 1
11:30 Session 2


1:30 Session 3
2:30 Session 4


Civil Society 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions
Presenter Biographies