Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Economics

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Friday 9th March 2012

  • Rethinking Civilization for the Social Age

    by Don Tapscott

    The continuing global economic and political crisis should be wakeup call to the world. We need to rethink and rebuild many of the organizations and institutions that have served us well for decades, even centuries, but are no longer able. Many traditional economic and social pillars of the industrial age have come to the end of their life cycle. Yet, enabled by the digital revolution there is dramatic change occurring everywhere, from Cairo streets to Wall Street, from the lecture halls of our universities to the halls of government. How can we rethink our economy and society for the new age?

    Don Tapscott is one of the world's leading thinkers about new new technology, new media and innovaiton in business and society. He is the author of 14 widely read books, most recently Macrowikinomics, and was recently chosen by the Thinkers50 organization as the 9th most important living business thinker in the world.

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Exhibit Hall 5, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage sketch note

  • Don Tapscott Book Signing

    Join Don Tapscott's book signing after his opening keynote for SXSW Interactive
    on Friday March 9 from 2:00-3:00pm in Exhibit Hall 5 at the Austin Convention

    At 3:15pm to 3:30pm, Friday 9th March

    In Ballroom G Foyer, Austin Convention Center

Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Social Media in Colombia: An Agent for Change

    by Andrés Traslaviña MS Ed and Daniel Medina MBA

    The role of social media has been instrumental in the more recent political and economic development of Colombia, especially overcoming a devastating period of civil strife and violence. What inspired people to protest against violence? Colombia’s former Minister of Telecommunications will discuss how social media empowered people to join the war against drug trafficking and defeat the FARC, the guerillas of the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia. We discuss their own experience growing up in a drug-funded violent country known as “narcoterrorism”, which affected every level of society and became the greatest threat to social stability starting in the late 1980s. This caused them and many others to leave the country in search of freedom. The speakers will share their insight about how social media will continue to help decrease poverty levels and increase literacy in marginalized areas in Colombia, thus improving the well-being of people and promoting socio-economic equity.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • The New Age of Money

    by Heather Schlegel

    or How I learned to stop worrying and love the economic collapse.

    Based on my research on the Future of Alternate Currencies and Transactions I will share technology usage trends, visions of future payment systems, how we can get there and why we need to pursue Alternate Currencies. Why the current economic troubles are actually good for us and how we can strengthen the resilience of our local economies.

    This will be a positive presentation - acknowledging the hard problems, but not limited to solving them within our current paradigm.

    I will cover: NFC, Square, collaborative consumption, local currencies, time banks, bitcoin, ven, payment trends (on, off and mobile), externalities, market system, gift economy and more.

    At 12:45pm to 1:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Innovation Case Studies: Austin and Beyond

    by Adriana Cruz, Pike Powers and Tony Schum

    “Keep Austin Weird” is more than just a bumper sticker. It’s a philosophy that has become a part of the Austin technology industry mindset and has helped make Austin a center of innovation. Learn about the city policies and the regional economic development initiative developed by local leaders have helped to create an environment where companies thrive and where companies want to relocate and expand. Can similar policies be implemented in other cities (in the US and around the world) -- or is the Austin experience unique? To this end, what kind of strategies are other municipalities embracing to encourage tech innovation and entrepreneurship?

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Salon C, AT&T Conference Center

Monday 12th March 2012

  • The Future of Money

    by Bill Clerico, Dave Boyce, Patrick Collison, Dan Rosen and David Lee

    This panel will offer an in-depth look into the rise of financial tools available in the cloud and on mobile. It will discuss the idea of how these services have changed the way consumers deal with money and how it is affecting small businesses and merchants. With the social web, ecommerce and mobile offerings infiltrating our financial lives on a daily basis, consumers are more empowered than ever. With the click of a mouse or a swipe of a Smartphone, we can buy or sell items, make or lose money in an instant. Mobile tools make it easy to process purchases in real time, and on-the-go payments will soon be the default for shoppers around the world. Small businesses can flourish within minutes on the Web, and consumers can thoroughly analyze their personal flow of money with effortless online tools. So what do all of these developments mean for businesses, consumers and everyone in between? This panel will explore the future of payments, purchases and financial tools that will empower consumers and fuel small businesses throughout the digital age.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Sabine, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown