Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Francis Pisani -Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda - Carnegie Mellon University

Other Faces of Innovation: A World Tour

Friday, 1st November 2013


Francis Pisani
Assistant Professor at Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences-Po, Paris)

On Friday, 1 November 2013, at 06:00PM Dr. Francis Pisani, Assistant Professor at Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences-Po, Paris) gave a distinguished lecture on the Other Faces of Innovation.

Dr. Pisani presented the other faces of innovation and  took the audience on a different journey, on how Innovation comes from places and processes you might not be familiar with. He raised unexpected questions and approaches.
-    Will innovation come some day from outside of Silicon Valley ?
-     Does ICT lead us to a more homogeneous world ?
Which led to: Can we innovate and create (not preserve) differences?
- Two angles:
o    Startups more than corporations
o    Not ICT industry, but rather ICT as force multiplier and creator of opportunities.

Dr. Francis Pisani, Author, columnist, speaker, consultant, Francis Pisani analyzes information technology’s social and geopolitical impacts.
After being based for fifteen years in Mexico and another fifteen years in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has just completed a yearlong world tour of innovation in ICT and innovation strategies: 45 cities, 32 countries, 5 continents. Published in French, Spanish, and English, his blog "Winch5" is being adapted into a book which will be published in those three languages.
He is currently on a world tour of smart and innovative cities. The project will take him to 15 cities from September 2013 to September 2014.
A long time journalist, his articles have been published by more than 100 publications on four continents, including by many newspapers of record (Le Monde, El País, Reforma, Clarín, Folha de São Paulo, etc). Among other books, he co-authored with Dominique Piotet the award winning How the web is changing the world (Pearson).
Francis is an assistant professor at Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences-Po, Paris). He has lectured at UC-Berkeley and at Stanford University. He was a '93 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He has earned his masters in Law at the Faculté de droit (Paris), his masters in Political Science at the Institut d'Études Politiques (Paris) and his doctorate in Political Science-Latin American Studies at La Sorbonne (Paris).