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March 16, 2005


Welcome to our symposium blog! This symposium on Exploring the Role of Technology in Innovative Strategies is hosted by the Humphrey Fellows program at the University of Minnesota and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Human Rights Center at the Law School.

The symposium will be held April 8th and 9th at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs on the West Bank Campus. Plenary sessions will be in the Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center.

The symposium will include plenary sessions on international development aid, cutting edge and emerging technologies, and StoryTech scenario planning. After the plenary sessions, participants will create their own innovative visions for development strategies using the StoryTech scenario planning technique.

Who should attend? Community developers, immigrant advocates, educators, students and professors, and anyone interested in innovation and international policy and affairs.

Interested parties unable to travel to Minnesota to attend the symposium will be able to particpate via the weblog. You will be able to access advance readings, monitor the proceedings, and submit your own scenarios to be included. For more details on this option, please contact and put “symposium web registration” in the subject line.

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About StoryTech

StoryTech is a guided story-telling process developed by Arthur Harkins. A derivative of Japanese Shinto, it has been used in private and public sector organizations since 1988. Used in the context of public communities, StoryTech is a method for allowing a fuller glimpse of what young and old, professional and non-professional people project or envision as desirable personal, community, national and world outcomes.

StoryTech is a transitional process focusing on pathways from the present toward preferred futures. The guided nature of the process asks the StoryTech writer to help create successful "virtual" (seeming or apparent) selves operating in projected futures. The writer's ultimate outcome is to demonstrate social leadership through helping a defined constituency.

StoryTech will demonstrate how to bring tacit personal knowledge into the foreground of futuring choices. By using this process in a focused manner, participants will develop personally normed alternative futures. Though their expanding leadership, these futures could one day add to the social capital of identified groups, organizations, and nation states.

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Arthur Harkins

Arthur Harkins is an associate professor in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota. He is a faculty member in Comparative and International Development Education and the Department of Sociology. He is faculty director of the graduate program in Innovation Studies.

Harkins is co-author or co-editor of several books, including Cultures of the Future with M. Maruyama. His most recent articles focus on new forms of knowledge production in universities and the potential applications of intelligence-amplifying software in the education of college students and in lifelong learning.

Harkins’ is practically focused on social and economic challenges driven by rapid technological change, international competition, and the global effort to overcome obsolete methods of human capital development. His longer-term view is informed by the “Singularity,” a projected convergence of ITC, virtual reality, nanotechnology, and biotechnology, all likely to provoke major changes in human cultures.

Harkins has been a consultant and speaker to many public and private organizations, among them colleges and universities, media, engineering societies, the military, computer and power companies, and city, state, and national governments. In this work he has frequently employed his StoryTech process, an imaging method derived from Japanese Shinto.

He has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, public television, and several Twin Cities radio and television stations.

Harkins is a former Air Force officer and a former member of a DARPA lunar base research team. His hobbies are sailing, bicycling, and glider soaring. He is married to sociologist N. V. Balabanova.

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J. Brian Atwood

J. Brian Atwood is the Dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Atwood served for six years as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development during the administration of President William Clinton.

In the Clinton administration, Atwood led the transition team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management prior to his appointment as head of USAID. In December 1998, President Clinton nominated Atwood as Ambassador to Brazil. He withdrew prior to Senate confirmation to create Citizens International, an organization that designs and manages public and private social development investments to meet the needs of developing nations.

Atwood was an adjunct lecturer at Harvard's JFK School from 1999 to 2001 and was the Sol M. Linowitz Professor for International Affairs at Hamilton College in 2001.

In 2001, Atwood served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations. He was the only American on the 10-member "Brahimi" panel that recommended major changes in the UN's peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations. He also served on the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board, the Center for Strategic International Studies/U.S. Army Association Commission to study Post-Conflict Reconstruction and the Council on Foregin Relations task force that wrote the report titled "Iraq: The Day After."

As the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from May 1993 to July 1999, Atwood introduced comprehensive management reforms and a more focused development strategy. Atwood helped promote a number of highly successful initiatives in the areas of global climate change, democratization, conflict prevention and health. He led presidential delegations to Haiti, El Salvador and East Africa, was a special presidential envoy to Eastern Zaire during the exodus of refugees caused by the Rwanda genocide, was the first American official to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Rabin, Foreign Minister Peres and Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Yasir Arafat, after Arafat's return to Gaza and the West Bank in 1994, and was President Clinton's Humanitarian Relief Coordinator during the Kosovo crisis. He also served as the Chairman of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Atwood's career in foreign policy dates back to 1966 when he joined the Foreign Service and served in the American Embassies in Cote d'Ivoire and Spain. He served as legislative adviser for foreign and defense policy to Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (D-Mo.) from 1972-1977. During the Carter Administration he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. He was Dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute in 1981-82.

Atwood was the first president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 1986-1993 and built this democratic development institution into a major international force for the promotion of democracy. He received an honorary doctorate from American University in 1995 for his work in promoting human rights and democratic values. He has received numerous other awards for public service, including the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.

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George Welles

George W. Welles III, Principal and founder of Imaging Futures, retired from U S WEST Communications (now Qwest International) in 1996 after serving as Manager of Broadband Applications, !nterprise Networking Services Group. In his role at U S WEST, Mr. Welles managed advanced communication research and development projects as a member of the internationally recognized COMPASS Lab team. In addition to his research and development work, he served as an advanced technology consultant to U S WEST leadership and US WEST’s largest customers plus led a cross-disciplinary team to develop business cases for two multi-million dollar strategic opportunities.

Imaging Futures helps organizational leaders develop a vision of the future and then based on that vision, develop new products and services. Imaging Futures also conducts best practice audits and guides emerging technology early stage companies.

Mr. Welles also currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Allargeo, Limited., a Minnesota based international organization helping its clients create “environments of the future” .

Mr. Welles has led numerous seminars on future technologies in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He has been providing consultation and presentation services for his clientele since 1989.

He is currently engaged in teaching a series of high level conferences for federal leaders at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia He leads presentations on the technologies and organizational processes of the future for these and other clients. He also teaches an AIA course for senior architects on “Security by Design ”. On behalf of the Minnesota International Center he serves as an executive speaker on strategic global issues.

His recent clients have included a virtual who’s who of Fortune 500 companies as well as numerous universities and research facilities.

Mr. Welles is co-founder of the US Department of Defense Digital Imaging Symposium. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Academic Investments, Inc., ConVurge, Inc. and as acting Chief Technical Officer for Vega Ventures, Inc.

Mr. Welles is an active member of the Minnesota High Technology Association, the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) the Minnesota International Center and the Communications Media Management Association (CMMA). He currently serves as Vice Chair of the University of Minnesota Computer Science and Engineering Department Advisory Board and as a member of the Minnesota Future Work Task Force. Mr. Welles has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and has extensive additional education. He is a licensed pilot and a certified scuba diver.

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Gerald O. Barney

Gerald O. Barney, President, founded the Millennium Institute in 1983 to promote long-term integrated global thinking in national governments, universities, foundations, and the faith traditions of the world. He and his colleagues have assisted research teams in over 45 countries to prepare strategic studies of sustainable development possibilities. Dr. Barney previously directed The Global 2000 Report to the President for President Jimmy Carter, led the national program of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and worked in the Council on Environmental Quality during the Nixon Administration and earlier for the Center for Naval Analyses. He holds a Ph.D. in fusion energy physics from the University of Wisconsin, and has conducted post doctoral environmental research at Harvard and M.I.T. Dr. Barney has also authored and co-authored many professional papers and books, including Global 2000 Revisited.

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