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TechNovation Talks: Innovation - Imagining the Future of Organizations, Cities and Societies

Thursday, 13 July 2017 - 12:00pm

Innovation: Imagining the Future of Organizations, Cities and Societies

A talk by David K. Park, Columbia University

13 July 2017 (noon - 1 p.m.) UN Secretariat, room S-1521

How is the Internet and digital society transforming organizations? What do a Silicon-Valley start-up and the UN have in common? What is “Design Thinking”, “Crowdsourcing” or a “Minimum viable product” What opportunities are available to the UN system to encourage innovation? join this talk to find out.

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About David K. Park

David K. Park is Dean of Strategic Initiatives for the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Park is a member of Columbia University’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering New Media Center, Director of Special Projects at the Applied Statistics Center and Fellow at the Center for the Management of Systemic Risk at Columbia University. Dr. Park is also a founding member of Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab. Dr. Park has co-founded several New York based technology companies.

Dr. Park is currently exploring the historical arc of universities, limitations and possibilities of “big data”, how failure and vulnerability are the foundations of innovation and creativity across organizations, as well as the electoral origins of congressional polarization. Dr. Park is also working on several manuscripts including, The Twentieth Century Sectional Reversal: How did the Republican States Switch to the Democrats and Vice Versa? and Is History Repeating Itself? Comparing 1875 to 1928 and 1971 to 2008.

Dr. Park received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and his PhD in political science at Columbia where he focused on historical comparative institutional analyses of societal change. He was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Applied Statistics at Washington University, Assistant Professor at George Washington University, Visiting Professor at Columbia University and Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He has written numerous articles and co-authored Red State Blue State Rich State Poor State: Why American Vote the Way They Do (Princeton University Press, 2008).

About the TechNovation Talks

OICT organizes this ongoing series of conversations to raise awareness among UN personnel, Civil Society and Member States on innovative ways in which technology can be applied to our work.

Note: This event was only open to individuals holding a United Nations identification card (Member States delegates, representatives of civil society organizations, and personnel of United Nations Agencies Funds and Programmes). This event is not open to the general public. 

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