Organ donations in Europe: Latin countries are the most generous

June 5, 2013


Spain, Portugal, France, Slovenia and Italy might have severe financial issues, but they are the most generous countries of Europe in terms of organs donations, with over 20 donors per million people.

And Switzerland is well below the European average with only 12! Do you see any cultural pattern?


Social Media for Social Good visualized

October 3, 2012

Social Media For Social Good

More info at the University of North Carolina website MPA@UNC: Online MPA

Thanks Logan Harper for the info… a very informative infographic!


July 5, 2012

The IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystem Technologies took place in Campione d’Italia on June 18th-20th. I had the honor to be the chair of Track G: Platforms for Social and Community Involvement/Engagement. In the beautiful location of the CasinĂ² di Campione we had lively academic discussions and Dr. Schmeil presented our paper on “social media platforms for social good”:

Social Media Platforms for Social Good

May 2, 2012

My paper on “Social Media Platforms for Social Good” has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE DEST-CEE 2012 conference, which will take place in Campione d’Italia (yes, at the CasinĂ² itself!) in June.

Social media can create disproportionate effects compared to the initial resources. In the paper I argue that this disruptive potential can be used for good causes. Yet, the viral effect of social media causes new challenges, which I illustrate through a number of cases. In particular I focus on the recent Kony 2012 campaign, which has reached incredible popularity in the last two months. Developed by the NGO Invisible Children, the 30′ documentary video, developed to launch the campaign on March 5th, has been viewed over 100 million times.

The very popular and highly criticized campaign seems to prove effective: recent news (April 30th) report that “US officials have acknowledged the “Kony 2012″ film released in March nudged them to commit troops to train African soldiers in the nations most affected by warlord Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army”.

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