Dear T4A Convening Board Members,
2014 is going very well for us as an organization. A small, but telling data point came during our recent trip to Washington, DC when many Members of the Senate and House and their staff’s mentioned they not only knew about us, but were impressed with our model of engagement. I heard more than once that it was ‘refreshing’ and engendered more ‘trust’, something we’ve always felt is key. The Vice President said as much. It’s been rewarding to hear how T4A.org’s influence around the country is growing and the impact we are seeing through continued dialogue between the public and private sectors. We will continue to grow as a leading convener through these intimate/offline settings.
As we look to the future, we’ve grappled with how we can get even more great minds, beyond the Board, involved in finding solutions to our most pressing issues. To that end, T4A.org has partnered with Reinventors.net to launch the “Reinvent America” series. The series will be comprised of 12 video roundtables, each focused on a specific challenge facing our nation. An expert on the topic will anchor each roundtable and will be joined by a group of relevant thought leaders. Different than our TechTables, which are reserved for our Convening Board members and primarily led by elected officials, this online format will enable anyone to watch and contribute to the conversation. Embracing this platform will allow us to expose the broader technology community to guests that don’t normally fit in our TechTable format but whose ideas and knowledge will be extremely valuable and important to elected officials and policy makers.
We just completed our first roundtable on “Reinventing Artificial Intelligence” as a soft launch with Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine, as the host. The discussion centered on the role artificial intelligence will play in the future and the potential impact on the U.S. labor force. Also at this table were: George Dyson (historian and author), Doug Lenat (CEO of Cycorp), Krisztina Holly (tech entrepreneur), Nova Spivack (CEO of Bottlenose), Wayne Radinsky (Resident Futurist at Boulder Future Salon), and Amir Behbehani (founder of Serial Metrics). Please check out the videos and let us know what you think: http://reinventors.net/roundtables/reinvent-artificial-intelligence/
We will execute 11 more of these roundtables this year, with the next one being led by author Mariana Mazzucato regarding Risk and Reward. The conversation will revolve around the following question: Could the federal government invest in more long term R&D for new technologies if it not only took all the risks but shared in the rewards too? You can preview the roundtable here: http://reinventors.net/roundtables/reinvent-risk-and-reward/
We ask that you look through our scheduled topics below and let us know if you would like to participate. We welcome your thoughts on additional topics to add to the calendar, as well as suggestions of leaders we should ask to join the conversations below.
- Tech for Good: Corporate Responsibility, Civic Participation & Philanthropy
- Digital Education Pathway
- Skills Workforce Development
- Reintegration of Veterans
- Government Efficiency
- Money and Politics
- Sharing Economy
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Net Neutrality
We are excited to launch this new platform for engagement and encourage you to share this with friends and colleagues who also have a desire to serve. Autumn is going to be our T4A.org point person for the program, so please do not hesitate to reach out to her with ideas and questions.