Between October 21st and 24th, Humanitas360’s president, Patrícia Villela Marino, participated in the G50 Annual Meeting 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She interacted and exchanged views with some of the world’s leading thinkers, practitioners, politicians, scientists and media leaders as they participated in talks and panels concerning a wide range of topics such as cybersecurity, environmental sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.
During the conference, Patrícia held talks with Ethan Zuckerman, the Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, on various issues focused on innovation and citizens. Professor Zuckerman is leading design research and the pilot of a tool called Promise Tracker in Brazil. This tool aims at enabling citizens to keep elected leaders accountable for promises they made during campaign season. Through data collection and research, citizens gather evidence to demand from their government that promises get fulfilled. The goal is to encourage citizens to take action and promote an open dialogue with their governing officials. As this approach aligns with Humanitas360’s mission of empowering citizens, the organization is seeking opportunities to partner with the project so it gains visibility and scalability in the Latin American region.
Patrícia also attended and engaged in several meetings and talks at G50. She pointed out that citizen empowerment was the theme that permeated most of the discussions. However, she believes that not everyone realizes the depth of the subject, thus seeking other words to describe what ultimately entails citizen empowerment.
“People are concerned with scaling and forget that scalability starts from a well-structured starting point, which is an empowered citizen,” said Patrícia.