Third International Workshop of
Jack C. Tang Center, MIT
January 18 and 19, 2000
Technology and Development Program (TDP)
in collaboration with
Alliance on Global Sustainability
(AGS) Pre-Meeting Session
Environment in a Global Information Society
Consortium on Global Accord for Sustainable Development
January 18, 2000
INTRODUCTION: Knowledge matters, GSSD Collaborative Networking Strategy
Chair: Professor Nazli Choucri, GSSD-MIT
This Introduction focuses on knowledge and knowledge networking in the global economy, highlights, the current status of GSSD and its partnerships, and outlines the charge for the participants rendering this meeting a 'working conference.'
Partnership Matters: Evolution of Institutional Collaboration
Four different ongoing collaborative efforts are presented, highlighting complexity and diversity in knowledge provision, mirror siting, multilingual capacity, & research initiatives.
Dr. Wang Qiming, Director of Information, Networking Division ACCA21, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of China
Alliance for Global Sustainability
Professor Jeffrey Steinfeld, Department of Chemistry, MIT
Arabic-GSSD and the Middle East
Professor Toufic Mezher, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Engineering Management Program, American University in Beirut, Lebanon
Francophone Community: Directions & Priorities
Dr. Christian Brodhag, Ecole des Mines, St. Etienne, France
Communication & Measurement Matters: Reducing Barriers to Knowledge & Capacity Building
Chair: Mr. Brian Chambers, UNCTAD
Private-Public Collaboration in Latin America (WBCSD-ITESM)
Dr. Sylvia Pinal, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Mexico
International Consultative Group on Indicators
Dr. Peter Hardi, Director, Measurement & Indicators Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada
Design and Development of Data Portals
Dr. Allen Hammond, Senior Scientist and Director of Strategic Analysis
World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, USA
The Ring & IUCN – Commission on Economy, Environment and Social Policy
Dr. Atiq Rahman, Director, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, Bangladesh
Threats to US International Scientific Collaboration
Speaker: Dr. Wendy White, Director, Division for International Organizations and
Academy Cooperation (IOAC), US National Academy of Sciences, USA
Technology Matters: Toward "Critical Mass" on Environment, Information, & Technology
Chairman: Ms. Terri Willward, Sustainable Development Communications Network,
International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Environment, Globalization, and information Society - (EGIS)
Dr. Francisco diCastri, Environment in a Global Information Society, Chairman, CRNS, France.
Sony Strategy & European Collaboration
Dr. Lutz-Gunther Scheidt, Director, Environmental Center Europe,
Sony International (Europe) GmbH
Toward a Knowledge Society for the Americas
Dr. Thomas Malone, Founding Director, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, USA
Mr. Mick Wilson, Chief, UNEPnet Services, Environment Information Systems, UNEP, Kenya
Implementation Matters: Innovation, Engineering, Education
Chair: Wallace R. Baker, Senior Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Corporate Sustainability Response – Deutsch Telecom
Dr. Ignacio Campino, Head of Environmental Affairs Office, Deutsch Telecom
Xerox Corp & Knowledge Management
Dr. John F. Elter, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Xerox Corporation
RACE-Tokyo U. & AGS
Professor Tetsuo Tomiyama, Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering
The University of Tokyo
From Industrial Ecology to “Engineering for Earth Systems”
Dr. Braden Allenby, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety
Priorities in Italian Information Strategies
Professor Andrea Terranova, Politecnico di Milano, Schole Futuro, Instituto per l’Ambiente e l’Educazione, Italy
Dinner Session: Supporting the Global Environment & Sustainability Agenda
Panel & Open Discussion
The Computer Classroom: Hands-On.
Charge to Breakout Groups
Group 1: Managing Workflow for Mirror Sites & Multi-lingual Functionality.
Charge: Focusing on the best ways of routinizing the implementation of multi-lingual functions for large scale knowledge-networking, the task is to clarify barriers, specify technical, institutional, and organizational requirements, and identify actions that might facilitate content provision and knowledge development. Please isolate three major research challenges related to implementation.
Leader: Steven Millman, MITGroup Members Include: Wang Qiming, Tang Yanhong, Sylvia Pinal, Toufic Mezher, Stephania Truffa, Andrea Terranova, Ricardo Alvarado, Jordan Kimball, Tetsuo Tomiyama
Group 2: Product & Process Design for Sustainability
Charge: Identifying ongoing global efforts to understand and ‘catalogue’ business and industry initiatives toward sustainability, the task is to frame ways of separating ‘fact’ from ‘fiction’, and to clarify ways of capturing the incorporation of sustainability criteria into core competencies. Please identify three major research directions or questions that might help address the matter of ‘design’ for sustainability.
Leader: John Ehrenfeld, MIT
Group Members Include: Vignir Haraldsson, Venkataraman Balaij, Jennifer Nash, Betty Lou McClanahan, Biao Huang, John Elter, Ignacio Campino, Brian Chambers, Lutz-Gunther Scheidt, Ned Strong
Group 3: Contours for New Knowledge & Technology Initiative
Charge: Focusing on greater synergism among major efforts to bring innovative technologies and institutional mechanisms to bear on implementation of global accords, the charge is to consider ways of reducing barriers to knowledge access and support developing countries in the technology domain. To the extent of possible, please highlight three major priority domains or “demands” from developing countries as well as potential ways in which international collaboration or targeted partnering might facilitate “meeting” these demands.
Leader: Wendy White, US-NAS
Group Members Include: Francisco di Castri, Thomas Malone, Wallace Baker, Terri Williard, Atiq Rahman, Braden Allenby, Peter Hardi, Otto Solbrig, Mick Wilson, Ashok Koshla, Jose Domingos Miguez
Reports of Breakout Session
Chair: Dr. Ashok Khosla, Director, Development Alternatives, India
Reports of Group Leaders
Brazil Communication & Information Priorities
Speaker: Mr. Jose Domingos Miguez, Coordinator, Minister Cabinet on Global Change
Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil.
Reviewing Key Issues, Conclusions, and Follow-up
Chair: Dr. Thomas Malone, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, USA
Professor Nazli Choucri
At MIT, the Symposium is convened by:
Technology & Development Program
The Technology & Development Program (TDP) is an international program of interdisciplinary research and education. Established in 1971, TDP focuses on the promotion of expertise in addressing and resolving specific technological and socio-economic problems of industrializing countries.
The program is committed to the principle that investigation of technological issues bearing on development and sustainability requires a multi-disciplinary approach and calls for attention to diverse views and perspectives.
The TDP strategy focuses on:
Promoting an awareness of the relationship between science, technology development, and sustainability within the MIT community
Providing a local focal point for activities at MIT concerned with issues at the intersection of technology and sustainability
Contributing to collaboration in research and education with institutions in industrial and industrializing countries to address issues consistent with their national needs and priorities;
Serving as a focal point for interested institutions outside MIT (government, academic, and business and industry – nationally and internationally) to gain access to knowledge and
resources available at MIT in this area and to undertake collaborative investigations of problems critical to resulting sustainability dilemmas.
For information contact:
Ms. Sally M. Honda
Department of Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139