Village Meetings on the Internet: Integrating
Theory and Practice of Information Ecology
Information Habitat (USA)
Information ecologist, founder, director and United Nations representative
of Information Habitat:
Where information lives - integrating the theory and practice of
United Nations Representative. Active participation in, and monitoring
of, the proceedings of the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Intergovernmental
Negotiating Committee for a Convention on Desertification, the Global Conference
on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, the World
Summit for Social Development, the International Conference on Population
and Development, the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Open-Ended
Working Group on the Review of Arrangements for Consultations with non-Governmental
International Synergy Institute, now: INFORMATION HABITAT Project Director
of the Synergistic Processes project. The principal focus of the project
has been the application of information and communication technology in
support of effective communication, access to information, and broad-based
participation for the non-governmental organization community in the UNCED
process and follow-up activities.
Member of facilitation team at the 1993 Parliament of World Religions
in Chicago, co-edited "Your Voice" interactive bulletin, with
responsibility for special issues that organized and presented reports
from a Parliament of the People and from the Assembly of Religious and
During the UNCED preparations, project activities included the publication
of the Da Zi Bao interactive bulletin at PrepCom IV and at the Global Forum
in Rio. Publication of the bulletin in English, Spanish, Portuguese and
French with a total staff, including volunteers, of 115 people. Design,
implementation and dissemination of a database of the NGOs accredited to
UNCED and the organization of the text of the Rio agreements and the alternative
treaties into a full text searchable database.
United Nations Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development
Commission on Sustainable Development and the World Summit for Social
Development; developed user manual for the gopher and a procedures manual
for development and maintenance of the gopher. Member of DPCSD Task Force
of NGO Focal Points; drafted Task Force recommendations on an integrated
database for NGO contacts in DPCSD.
Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) Globescope
Pacific Assembly 1989.
Environmental Liaison Centre International. Developed comprehensive
proposal for information, communication and networking resources at the
Roots of the Future international conference for NGOs held in Paris in
preparation for UNCED; designed and implemented Da Zi Bao.
Institute for Global Communications.
U.S. Citizens Network on UNCED. Designed, implemented and promoted strategies
for the use of electronic conferences on the Association for Progressive
Communications networks by NGOs involved in UNCED; set up and facilitated
UNCED-related on-line conferences; during UNCED PrepCom I, II, and III.
Citizens Planning & Housing Association. Founding Co-Chair of Baltimore
area Recycling Committee that successfully mobilized a broad based coalition
of neighborhood, Environmental and educational groups. Baltimore Area Community
Organizations, Baltimore Environmental Center: Consultant. Technical support
and training in the application of microcomputer technology in support
of increased effectiveness of comunity organizations.