A question that seems to crop up a lot at the Cisco Public Services Summit is how civic leaders can improve the competitiveness of communities. Stockholm is not a bad place to look for clues, as it frequently occupies the higher echelons of European and global league tables and earlier this year was named as one of Europe’s top 15 international knowledge hubs. To find out how IT can help improve the competitiveness of communities, and find out more about Stockholm’s success in particular, we spoke to Kristina Alvendal, vice mayor of the city, and Geoff Mulgan, a director of the U.K.’s Young Foundation and expert on public sector transformation.
At C-Scape today, Dan Scheinman talks about the connection between Web 2.0 and video. Dan heads up our Cisco Media Solutions Group and in this video he talks about the network’s role in delivering the next-generation entertainment experience, Cisco Eos (TM) and our first “alpha customers” in this space.He answers the following questions:1. Why is Social Networking relevant to Cisco? Are we hoping to evolve into another Myspace or Facebook?2. What is your view of the current state of Social Networking? And where is it going?3. What kind of traction are you seeing with your customers?
The last two days have seen more than 300 of the world’s top public sector IT decision makers gathered for Cisco’s 2007 Public Services Summit. The invite-only annual event, co-hosted by the City of Stockholm and now in its sixth year, is seen as a major networking opportunity because it brings together senior government, education and healthcare officials from around the globe in a forum which encourages open dialogue. In this video, Yvon Le Roux, Cisco vice president for the Public Sector in Europe, and Simon Willis, vice president of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, provide an overview of the summit.
This morning at Cisco’s annual industry analyst conference, C-Scape, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers facilitated a dialogue between three industry thought leaders on collaborative technologies-via TelePresence, of course.Joining us from Cincinnati, OH (home of my Cincinnati Reds) was Filippo Passerini, Chief Information Officer and President of Global Business Services, Procter & Gamble; from London was Erik Huggers, Group Controller, Future Media, BBC; and from Boston was Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Center for Digital Business and Professor of Information Technology and Strategy, MIT. I taped a couple of segments with them talking about the power of collaborative technology. The BBC, in particular, under Huggers’ leadership is doing some amazing things with IP video and is in the middle of an overall transformation of their technology approach to delivering content-this is where I captured the most video. Professor Brynjolfsson talks about the economic impact of collaborative technologies, a field where he has done much academic and field research.I hope you enjoy the video. Click here for more information on C-Scape.
At Educause ’07 in Seattle, WA in late October, Adam Hochman of UC-Berkeley’s Education Technology Services, sat down with Jeffrey Young of The Chronicle of Higher Education to chat about the school’s recently launched YouTube channel for its courses. Cisco worked with Berkeley to enable its networks for video and podcast storage and distribution via YouTube as well as Apple iTunes U. Berkeley’s open content initiative, webcast.berkeley.edu, required a scalable network to meet the needs of its university population in the age of Web 2.0.View the video here…hosted on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s site.