Internet theorist Clay Shirky says that we are suffering not from information overload, but from filter failure. For the past two decades, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has been providing a filtering mechanism and knowledge tools for international policymakers in the areas of environment and sustainable development.
Langston Goree, one of the founders of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, has been creating knowledge products for policymakers since 1992. In this seminar, IISD’s Knowledge Management Tools and Products for Policymakers: Forming and Informing Epistemic Communities, he will discuss these products, and the creation of the IISD “curator network” of academics who are tracking international activities in cooperation with the UN’s Chief Executive Board (the highest level management body in the UN system).
Goree has also started several popular electronic community lists, including CLIMATE-L, which has more than 21,000 opt-in subscribers. He will speak on the creation of virtual communities of practice — epistemic communities — and how to maintain them in an evolving computer-mediated environment.
Langston James Goree V has worked in the international environment and sustainable development sphere for more than 25 years. He is Vice-President of IISD, Director of IISD Reporting Services and a founder of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).
Born in Hawaii and raised in Berkeley, California, from 1971 through 1988 he worked as an actor in films, television and radio, a stand-up comedian and professional clown while accumulating university degrees. In 1988 he moved to Brazil to work for UNDP and later as the Director of IPHAE, a Brazilian Amazon-based applied research institute.
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