Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy – Act 3: The Science of Thriving Communities progressing towards SDG’s

The next wave of innovation will develop in concert with the way we learn and the way we care for one
another. Technology can help, but it will require us to reimagine how we define trust and transparency in
a rapidly evolving digital world. So how do we design systems that allow everyone to thrive? We have to
connect through the art of design and expression, and then we have to act.

To make progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, each of us must begin today designing a world where we learn, work and heal in community. Together, our individual actions will set in motion global change.


1. Planet Home, the Planet – Opening Keynote – double slot
2. Cathrin Stover, GEANT, Europe’s NREN – National Research and Education Network
3. Stephen Wyber, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Europe
4. Cyndi Coon, Lab 5, Threat-casting Lab, Arizona State University, US/the world
5. Mirjana Povic, Space Science & Tech Institute Ethiopia; Institute of Astrophysics, Andalucía, Spain
6. John Womersley, European Scientific Discovery with Neutron Sources, Europe
7. Tríona Byrne, Middle East Strategic Relations, Salesforce, Ireland/the world
8. Erykah Badu, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer, Actor, the world
9. Karen Wilson, Social Impact Investment and Measurement/OECD, Switzerland, Latvia, US
10. Edoardo Montenegro, EdTech in Italy: Leonardo Learning Bazaar, Italy/Europe
11. Joy Mountford, Godmother of Design Thinking, Design Expo, UK/the world
12. Melissa Sassi, IBM and Mentor Nation, US, Middle-East/the world
13. Sophia Bush, Actor, Activist, Director, Producer, the world
14. John Taschek, Strategy, Salesforce, the world

Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy – Act 3: The Science of Thriving Communities progressing towards SDG’s

The event is finished.


Sep 24 2020


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Antony Randall
    Antony Randall
    Planet Home

    With over twenty years of experience as a director, producer and head of production, as well as running many successful businesses, Antony has deep expertise in multidisciplinary content and live event/concert/festival direction and production. Antony has overseen multimedia events at the largest scale, working with artists like Jay Z, Beyoncé Knowles, Coldplay, The Weeknd and Rihanna as well as Fortune 500 brands, Broadcast TV shows like the Grammys.

  • Cathrin Stover
    GEANT - EU's National Research and Education network
  • Cyndi Coon
    Cyndi Coon
    Chief of Staff at the Threatcasting Lab, Ecosystem Builder/Affiliate Producer ASURE (Applied Research Lab), Special Project Producer Office of the President Arizona State University, Producing Director Weaponized Narrative Initiative, Ecosystem Producer Digital Cooperation Diplomacy Initiative and founder of Laboratory5 Inc.

    Cyndi Coon is a producer, creativity instigator, storyteller, writer, speaker, artist, ecosystem builder, and rule-bender for good. Cyndi looks at big wicked problems and inserts opportunities for humans to collaborate. She does this by cultivating relationships, growing partnerships, and building trainings, tools, frameworks, processes, and products to advance the mission of the project. Her audience is education, government, non-profit and military. Cyndi is an expert at building community-based partnerships with stakeholders. Cyndi is a subject matter expert in Information Shaping and Threatcasting. She received a Masters Degree of Fine Art from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona and a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She leads a fun life where she lives and works in the Sonoran desert. Cyndi loves to explore, camp, hike, kayak, listen to music, read, play board games, and create in her studio.

  • David Kirkpatrick
    David Kirkpatrick
    Founder and editor-in-chief, Techonomy Media Author, The Facebook Effect

    David Kirkpatrick is a journalist, the founder of Techonomy Media, and author of the best-selling book “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World.” Techonomy’s conferences gather leaders at digital and physical events to discuss how tech changes everything and to help build a better society. Along with weekly roundtables, its next major (virtual) event is The Health+Wealth of America, October 13-15. Techonomy normally hosts two major annual events (not this year)—in New York in May and a retreat in California. Speakers have included Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Marc Benioff, Marissa Mayer, Peter Thiel, Penny Pritzker, Jeff Weiner, Katherine Maher, John Chambers, Esther Dyson, and Tim O’Reilly. Kirkpatrick’s book on Facebook is in 32 languages. He spent 25 years at Fortune Magazine, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Edoardo Montenegro
    Italy Ed Tech industry
  • Gabrielle Hull
    Gabrielle Hull
    Planet Home

    Gabrielle is passionate about making the world a better place by working on environmental and social justice initiatives. With an MBA, MA and BA from Stanford University and her background as an entrepreneur and strategist in the technology industry, she blends strategic and visionary thinking while creating connections between people and ideas to make meaningful change in policy, legal rights, media and business practices.

  • Jean-Philbert Nsengimana
    Rwanda, Chair, Alliance for an Affordable Internet, Web Foundation
  • John Taschek
    SVP, Strategy, SalesForce
  • Joy Mountford
    godmother of Design Thinking, Ford – Design Expo
  • Karen Wilson
  • Melissa Sassi
  • Peter Rabley
  • Stephen Wyber
    Stephen Wyber
    Manager, Policy and Advocacy, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations)

    Stephen oversees IFLA’s work to build understanding among decision-makers of all that libraries can contribute to sustainable development, and to help libraries and library association strengthen their own voices.

    He has worked at IFLA for almost five years, also covering subjects such as copyright, human rights, and heritage. He previously worked on social affairs at the UK Embassy in Paris, and on education, technology and business at the UK Delegation to the OECD.