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Friday, 7 September 2012, 10:30 - 11:45 at UNU-IAS in Yokohama

IISD’s Knowledge Management Tools and Products for Policymakers: Forming and Informing Epistemic Communities

Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI
Vice-President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Director of IISD Reporting Services


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Seminar Description

Clay Shirky, the Internet theorist, says that we are not suffering from information overload, but filter failure. IISD, for the last twenty years, has been providing a filtering mechanism and providing 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. He discusses these products, 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. Beyond the creation of knowledge tools, Goree has also started several very popular electronic community lists, including CLIMATE-L that has more than 21,000 opt-in subscribers and he speaks on the creation of virtual communities of practice—epistemic communities—and how to maintain them in an evolving computer-mediated environment.


Programme

10:30 - 10:35 Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil (UNU Vice-Rector and Director of UNU-IAS)
10:35 - 11:15

IISD’s Knowledge Management Tools and Products for Policymakers: Forming and Informing Epistemic Communities
Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI (Vice-President of IISD, Director of IISD Reporting Services)

11:15 - 11:45

Discussion
Facilitated by Norichika Kanie (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)


Video and Audio Podcasts

IISD’s Knowledge Management Tools and Products for Policymakers: Forming and Informing Epistemic Communities
Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI (Vice-President of IISD, Director of IISD Reporting Services)

[Archived Video- 47 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 47 minutes]

Discussion

[Archived Video- 36 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 36 minutes]


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Speaker's Biography

Langston James Goree VI, known by his Hawaiian nickname “Kimo”, has worked in the international environment and sustainable development sphere for more than 25 years.

Kimo is Vice-President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Director of IISD Reporting Services and a founder of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB). The Reporting Services division of the International Institute for Sustainable Development was first conceived at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and has since produced thousands of reports from hundreds of negotiations covering dozens of major multilateral environmental agreements. Its timely up-to-the-minute reports and comprehensive online archives are widely respected and relied upon by experts and officials from around the world. IISD Reporting Services is supported entirely by contributions from readers and their organizations.

Kimo is responsible for the fundraising and overall coordination of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and IISD’s several knowledge management products tracking international activities on climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development and sustainable energy. He also created and moderates the several worldwide “L lists” including CLIMATE-L, with more than 20,000 subscribers who receive the daily “Climate Change Daily Feed” reporting on all international activities on climate change.

Kimo was born in Hawaii and raised in Berkeley, California. From 1971 through 1988 Kimo was an actor in films, television and radio (SAG/AFTRA), a stand-up comedian and professional clown while accumulating university degrees. In 1988 he moved to Brazil to work for UNDP in Brasília and later as the Director of IPHAE, a Brazilian Amazon-based applied research institute in Porto Velho, Rondonia.


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