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“Starting the Parranda 2.0!: Mitigating the Effects of Puerto Rico’s Brain Drain Through Technology and Social Networks”
CURRENTLY, there are more Puerto Ricans living in the United States than in Puerto Rico. What does this mean for Puerto Rico’s socioeconomic development? Can technology and social networking engage Puerto Rican communities in the mainland and the Island to tackle the most pressing issues currently affecting all of us? What is the “Parranda 2.0” and can it help mitigate the effects of Puerto Rico’s “brain drain”?
This panel will explore recent trends and practices in technology-enabled platforms and social networks that could empower Puerto Ricans and facilitate economic and social collaboration for a better Puerto Rico.
Moderator: Christine E. Nieves Rodríguez, Program Associate for the Pioneer Portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ
- Starting the “Parranda 2.0”: Opportunities for Puerto Rican Community Engagement through Technology and Social Networks – Giovanni Rodriguez, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Deloitte Postdigital Enterprise, Deloitte Consulting LLP
As Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Deloitte Postdigital, Giovanni advises businesses, non-profits, and governments on organizational transformation and the social Web and is engaged in the design of a range of new products and services that enable these entities to better engage their employees, consumers, and citizens. Giovanni is a founding board member of LATISM (Latinos in Social Media), the largest organization of Hispanic professionals engaged in social media, and serves as advisor to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Giovanni is also a blogger for Forbes.com and Clickz.com and is the author of an upcoming book on how the online/offline social Web is helping us reimagine the role of citizens and government.
Giovanni brings practical insights and experience as an innovator, pioneer, and expert in social media and technology-enabled platforms. He will discuss the power of these widely-accessible tools and resources to facilitate the engagement of Puerto Rican communities within and across the mainland and the Island in order to propel the “Parranda 2.0.,” a concept he originated and has been working on after an inspiring visit to Puerto Rico for TEDxSanJuan.
- An Illustration of the “Parranda 2.0”: CienciaPR’s Platform Aimed at Facilitating Collaboration and the Dissemination of Information about Scientific Research and Opportunities – Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Vice-Director and Editor of CienciaPR and Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School
Created in 2006, Ciencia Puerto Rico (www.cienciapr.org) is the largest organization of Puerto Rican and Puerto Rico-based scientists in the world. With over 5,700 members, CienciaPR seeks to develop, support and expand interest in the sciences as career choices and enable collaborations between scientists in Puerto Rico and abroad. CienciaPR’s volunteer-run platform has helped create awareness of the importance of scientific research in Puerto Rico and how Puerto Rico has contributed and continues to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge worldwide.