Millions of online meetings happen every day in teleconferencing rooms, webinars, Skype, and other online facilities. The nature and dynamics of meetings have been changing. An important impact of online participation can be a reduction in our carbon footprint. This issue is becoming prominent on many national agendas. Only this month, the Swiss federal government has pledged to cut CO2 emissions up to 30% in the next decade.
When Greta Thunberg travelled by boat and train to attend the recent UN Climate Change Summit in 2019, she sent a wake-up call to diplomats and policymakers to search for innovative digital diplomacy tools, such as online conferencing, to reduce flying and thus, their carbon footprints.
Fortunately, the technology is available. There is a wide range of tools and platforms that can facilitate engaging meetings at an affordable cost.
If you are reading this blog, you probably have at least a few things in common with me. Obviously, you can read and write. In English. You have access to an Internet connection, probably from your own smartphone or computer. You probably have electricity at home, and a fridge containing food for your next meal. You’ve probably finished high school, and quite likely you also have a university degree.
Big data is high-volume, high-velocity, high-variety, and high-veracity data generated by digital devices. Over the past decade, efforts to harness this data for predictive purposes have increased dramatically in all areas of society, including the private, public, and civil sectors. Big data analytics has largely been used for three main goals: more effective marketing, increased internal connectivity, and enhanced efficiency.
The Internet entered the conference room out of sheer necessity. It has become a common part of all conference venues and provides the twenty-first century way of conducting events, as well as reporting from them.
The number of active users on social networks has increased exponentially over the past few years. If we take Facebook and Twitter, for instance, the number of monthly users surpasses the one billion mark.
Observation and participation are two different things.
With the emergence of television in late 50’s people were mesmerized with this new technology which allowed them to observe things that had been unreachable so far in their lifetimes. Observing is what we have done for the last fifty years.
At last, a new era has arrived, the era of participation.