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Launch of IdeasLab Hub: A Platform for Ideas, Solutions, Strategies and Change

Geneva, Switzerland, 19 July 2011 – The World Economic Forum is publicly launching its biannual interactive IdeasLab hub on 19 July at 10.00 CEST. The unique IdeasLab hub features short documentary-style, high-definition (HD) videos of preeminent 21st century ideas and critical insights. The hub also provides dynamic Pecha Kucha presentations and visual IdeaScribes that trace and package complex strategic thinking into engaging and powerful images. All videos are HD broadcast quality.

To share the knowledge captured by the IdeasLab sessions, which have been running since 2009, the Forum is publishing 23 of the latest sessions, seen as the global benchmark of collaborative learning and development.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Harvard Business School’s Michael Porter and Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon have presented IdeasLab sessions, as have other leading innovators, academics, politicians and change-makers.

IdeasLab Media AdvisoryFrom the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos and the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2010 in the People’s Republic of China, the IdeasLab hub features Lord Nicholas Stern on climate change, Oxford Professor Susan Lea on reinventing the vaccine, and lead geneticist Francis Collins on treating and preventing chronic disease.

Five authors – Garth Japhet, Susan Lea, Adam Bly, Sang Yup Lee and Sebastien Marot – will be available for public comment, joining a Facebook conversation with the Forum’s 75,000 followers. Each author will be online for an hour to discuss their ideas and respond to public questions and comments.

To join the conversation, log on to the Forum’s Facebook page at the following CEST times:

Tuesday 19 July Wednesday 20 July Thursday 21 July
11.00 - 12.00
Novel Vaccines for Child Health: Susan Lea
http://www.weforum.org/idea015
  10.00 - 11.00
Social Enterprise for Street Children: Sebastien Marot
http://www.weforum.org/idea020
23.00 - 24.00
Next Generation Chemicals and Materials: Sang Yup Lee
http://www.weforum.org/idea014
17.00 - 18.00
Gaining Understanding from Data Visualization: Adam Bly 
http://www.weforum.org/idea008
12.00 - 13.00
Social Media for Social Good: Garth Japhet
http://www.weforum.org/idea021

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