Harvard Symposium on Media, Technology and the Common Good


After getting two emails from Boston-based friends who have been freezing and shoveling snow for weeks, I am reminded about a fabulous Media Center event at Harvard this week: Whose News? Media, Technology and the Common Good.

The audience and speakers are a wonderful blend of content, solutions, media……the list goes on, including New York Times Digital Editor-in-Chief Len Apcar, Boston Channel.com, VP of Strategic Planning at Comcast Ty Ahmed-Taylor, Wonkette’s Ana Marie Cox, one of my favorite people and analysts Rob Enderle, Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin, Yahoo Editorial Director Bill Gannon, Jeff Jarvis, AP’s Jim Kennedy, Craig’s List Craig Newmark, Jay Rosen, Executive Editor of MediaChannel Danny Schecter, Halley Suitt and David Weinberger, among others.

The symposium will be based on cross-sector discourse, conducted U.N. style, with participants seated in a U-shaped arena for discussion. Three dialogs will be held, each focused around an inflection point in media, technology and society. Wish I were going to be in Boston for this one.

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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