Saturday, May 2, 2015
Al Gore on "The reality of the climate crisis and road forward for humanity"
I'm teaching a new course at SUNY Korea this spring on ICT for development (ICT4D), so the recent speech by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as part of the Haas School of Business' Dean's Speaker Series at U.C. Berkeley caught my attention. Two themes that run through my course are the challenge of environmental sustainability, on the one hand, and the possibilities presented by new digital networks and information and communication technologies (ICT) on the other. Gore's speech in California was a sharp reminder that these two themes cannot be thought of separately. The vantage point of the course I'm teaching is that of South Korea's recent experience of ICT-led development, since this country managed to harness the power of the digital network revolution more successfully than any other developing nation to date for socioeconomic development. I strongly recommend the video embedded with this post. The substantive part of his speech starts at about 11 minutes 30 seconds in.