GPNP 2019 Summit Keynote Speakers

 

Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Under his leadership, beginning in 1993 IBM has been widely regarded as the global leader in Corporate Citizenship, and praised for societal and environmental leadership, labor practices, and civic leadership. At IBM, Stan Litow organized and led three National Education Summits at IBM for the President of the United States, the nation’s Governors, CEOs and education leaders. He manages IBM's citizenship efforts across 170 countries around the world

Under Mr. Litow, IBM has developed innovative voice recognition technology to help children and adults learn to read, a humanitarian virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer and AIDS, and new digital imaging technology to improve water quality. Mr. Litow helped devise 
IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to train and deploy over three thousand of IBM’s future leaders on our one thousand community development projects across nearly 40 countries in partnership with major international development agencies; the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, which is helping more than 140 cities worldwide become more effective. Under his guidance cities have improved their emergency response systems, transportation and water quality efforts; and the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to transform U.S. education and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. President Obama praised P-TECH in his 2013 and 2014 State of the Union addresses, and visited the first P-TECH school in 2013. P-TECH also has been profiled as a Harvard Business School Case Study, as a TIME Magazine cover story and in a PBS special. Currently there are over 60 P TECH schools across six states and countries outside the US with plans to scale to over 100 schools within the next year. Mr Litow also developed a virtual supercomputer, World Community Grid that has provided massive computer power valued at over $100 million dollars to researchers around the world leading to improvements in critical health problems, like childhood brain cancer. He created an innovative way to help government and not for profit organizations manage the social safety net through the use of advanced data analytics and has pioneered the use of Watson or Cognitive Computing to create a personalized coach for teachers in partnership with a global network of education influencers.

 

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Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as president of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?” An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary. "An Ecology of Mind," a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, "Small Arcs of Larger Circles," released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.

The International Bateson Institute integrates the sciences, arts and professional knowledge to create a qualitative inquiry of the integration of life. As president, Nora directs research projects that require multiple contexts of research and interdependent processes. Asking, “How can we create a context in which to study the contexts?”, an impressive team of international thinkers, scientists and artists have been brought together by the IBI to generate an innovative form of inquiry, which Nora coined “Transcontextual Research.”

As an educator, she has developed curricula for schools in northern California and produced and directed award winning multimedia projects on intercultural and ecological understanding. Her work, which has been presented at the world’s top universities, is described as “offering audiences a lens through which to see the world that effects not only the way we see, but also the way we think.” Nora’s work in facilitating cross-disciplinary discussions is part of her research into what she calls “the ecology of the conversation.” Her speaking engagements include keynote addresses and lectures at international conferences and universities on a wide range of topics that span the fields of anti-fascism, ecology, education, the arts, family therapy, leadership and many more aspects of advocacy for living systems — she travels between conversations in different fields bringing multiple perspectives into view to reveal larger patterns.

Memberships and awards: Chairman International Bateson Institute, Associate of The Taos Institute, Board Member: Human Systems Journal of Systemic Practice, Tallberg Foundation, Fellow of Lindsifarne Foundation, Bateson Idea Group (BIG), Club of Rome, Great Transition Foundation, Human Potential Foundation, Awards: Sustainable Thompkins Ecology Award, Winner Spokane Film Festival, Winner Santa Cruz Film Festival, Media Ecology Award.

For more information about Nora Bateson, click on her website.

 

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