Social Entrepreneur, Relief 2.0 evangelist and Information and Communication Technologies for Human Development professional with over 15 years of field experience on Information Society, Human Development, Innovation, Education, Government, Public Policies, Open Knowledge, Social Networks, Entrepreneurship, Ecology and Disaster Relief and Recovery in USA, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.
--- Acknowledgements ---
- One of "20 Latin Americans Leaders of the Internet" (CNN, 2000).
- Google Developing World Scholarship (2004).
- Digital Vision Fellow, Stanford University (2004-05).
- Public ICT Researcher, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (2006).
- Social Entrepreneur in Residence, National University of Singapore (2010-11).
- Guest on-board Educator, Peace Boat (2011).
- One of Six Emerging Leaders by New Media Consortium at MIT (2012).
- Gates Foundation TEDGlobal Scholarship (2012).
--- Social Entrepreneurship Career ---
Founder of Multiple Social Start-Ups since 1996, including a network of virtual cities and education community with 5 million monthly active members.
- CIVILA, Virtual Latin Cities, early social network with over 3 million active people. (1996)
- Educar, educational portal and community of 2 million teachers and students. (1998)
- BibliotecasVirtuales, e-library and community of 1 million literature fans. (1998)
- Relief 2.0, disaster response and recovery initiative with inclusion, dignity and generation of wealth and opportunities in Haiti and Japan. (2010)
- Markets of Hope (in development), a global marketplace of local products from areas affected by disaster or economically challenged. (2012)
--- TEDx Global Community ---
An active member of the TEDx community since 2009 helping curate the TEDxEarthquake9.0 (Japan), TEDxKRP (Singapore), TEDxPortauPrince (Haití) and TEDxSantoDomingo (Dominican Republic) conferences. Attended TEDxSummit 2012 in Qatar and TEDGlobal 2012 in Scotland.
TEDx speaker at:
- TEDxTokyo (Japan)
- TEDxSilkRoad (Turkey)
- TEDxUChicago (USA).
Areas of Expertise
Disaster response and recovery, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Media, E-learning
An idea worth spreading
Markets of Hope: An entrepreneurial approach to disaster response and recovery
with dignity, inclusion, generation and distribution of wealth.
Connect local stakeholders with a global market and improve and certify the capacity of local resources and their engagement by International Organizations.
Natural disasters disrupt the local economy and generation of wealth.
Most incoming resources are managed by foreign organizations and remain outside the local ecosystem. International relief funds are largely spent on foreign providers, resources, professionals and volunteers, excluding local stakeholders which end up depending on foreign aid.
Disaster survivors are resourceful and capable people able to fend for themselves and generate wealth if given the opportunity. The physical infrastructure may have been destroyed, but not the social structure. The buildings might be gone, but the professionals and the skills of the people are intact, ready to be put to good use.
I'm passionate about
Promoting access to culture, education, human development and disaster relief through open collaborative initiatives, stakeholder engagement, options, opportunities, technology and entrepreneurship.
Talk to me about
Creativity in Education, Local Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship. Open content and collaborative generation of knowledge. Never Helping: Enabling, Engaging, Empowering and Connecting.
People don't know I'm good at
Breaking down complex processes into simplified visual maps which help others participate in strategy definition and implementation processes. http://www.socinfo.com/knowledgesociety/mapping
My TED story
Following the 2010 earthquake, Carlos led 12 missions to Haiti, organically coordinated through social media and mobile technologies. 6 weeks later, he organized a workshop with the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University to process the lessons learned, from which the Relief 2.0 model was born: efficiently running the last mile in disaster response through independent units with local stakeholders in the field supported by mobile technologies and social networks to fill the gaps created by bureaucracy and top-down hierarchies.
Then, at the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Centre, he developed the Markets of Hope model: Disaster Recovery with dignity, inclusion, generation and distribution of wealth.
Following the 2011 Earthquake in Japan, Carlos organized TEDxEarthquake9.0 in Japan and TEDxPortauPrince in Haiti with the support of the Grameen Creative Lab at Kyushu University and the Ecole Supériore d'Infotronique d'Haïti.