The Bellagio/PopTech Fellows
PopTech and the Rockefeller Foundation have teamed up to produce a new joint Fellows program, focused on bringing together small, interdisciplinary groups of four to six hand-selected artists, scientists, designers, technologists and social innovators for a two-week immersion residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Center on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.
The Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program is designed to be a unique incubator of unconventional, cross-disciplinary collaboration around critical topics relevant to the lives of poor and vulnerable populations, and will also serve as a laboratory for the study of the nature of collaboration itself as a profound tool for creative problem-solving and solution development.
Fellows will receive travel, lodging and facilitated support on-site as they work together to imagine new approaches to complex challenges. A short documentary will be made about their work and process. The residency will take place August 19-30, 2013, and will be followed by a joint presentation at the PopTech conference in Camden, Maine, from October 24-26, 2013.
2013 Program Focus: Community Resilience Through Big Data and Technology
This is a time of extraordinary growth in human knowledge and technological capacity. Yet, a progressively fragile and interdependent world leaves many people more vulnerable to shocks and disruptions that arise in complex ways.
In short, humanity is in a footrace between mushrooming challenges and unprecedented growth in our capabilities.
The 2013 Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program aims to identify ways to tip the balance towards community resilience through the use of data science, visualization, and distributed information technologies. Fellows will explore the extent to which big data and related technology can be used to enhance psychological, social and systemic resilience worldwide.
This effort will be creative, interdisciplinary and collaborative – providing an environment where emerging tools, approaches and solutions are viewed as an art as much as a science.
Nominations for the 2013 Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program have closed. Please check here in early 2014 for next year’s nomination process and dates.