The Economist, in partnership with InnoCentive, crowd-sourced a challenge to identify an emerging technology or global information platform that can be used to motivate transparency in governments. World events have shown how social networking platforms can help citizens coordinate large-scale action and facilitate the spread of democracy. But what is the next step? The winner of the Economist/InnoCentive challenge will be interviewed on stage.
Matthew Bishop is the U.S. business editor and New York bureau chief of The Economist. His new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Renew Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, with Michael Green, was published by Crown in February 2010. Philanthrocapitalism, his previous book (also with Mr. Green) was on the global revolution under way in philanthropy. Mr. Bishop is also the author of Essential Economics, The Economist's official layperson's guide to economics.
Ben is an Associate at SEI Investments, a financial services and technology company located outside of Philadelphia, PA. In his multiple roles at SEI Ben has worked on projects involving international new service development, process improvement, operations and technology business analysis, and software quality assurance. He was also selected to be a member of the GoalInvestor.com launch team. GoalInvestor.com is a new website and mobile application providing investing and management services that utilizes the philosophy of goals based investing to help users plan and invest for their future. His role on GoalInvestor.com involves user experience and market research, competitive analysis, and product strategy. Ben is the winner of the The Economist'-InnoCenitve Transparency Challenge.